Cleveland

The Cleveland High School football Blue Raiders woke up Saturday morning believing they had a 50-50 chance to host a playoff game for the first time in 11 seasons this week. Soddy-Daisy expected to have a quiet Saturday after losing 28-21 to Walker Valley, which the Trojans thought knocked them out of the playoffs.

It looks as if the TSSAA did a fairly decent job this season with its playoff pairings but there always are those items that can be scrutinized.

When Rob Spence left Pikeville on Friday evening, he did so thinking his football team was through for 2014, so the Chattanooga Christian coach got quite a surprise Saturday morning when he received a call saying the Chargers were in the state playoffs.

Storyline: The Red Raiders have lost four straight games -- to the state's top three teams in Division II-AA and to an Oakland team ranked among the best in Class 6A -- and are looking for momentum before the playoffs. Defensively, Baylor needs to get better quickly as it has allowed more than 30 points per game in this four-game slide.

Storyline: Since a season-opening loss to Knox Catholic, the Irish have posted eight consecutive wins with an average victory margin of 34 points.

A new TSSAA football playoff format already has been approved, so coaches, players and fans know that after this year guessing games are out.

(All kickoffs at 7:30 Eastern unless noted)

Storyline: After playing tough against top-ranked Brentwood Academy last week, Baylor has another rugged task in this Division II-AA East/Middle Region game.

I have a question. What would the near-future TSSAA classification look like without the 1.8 multiplier slapped on private schools whose desire is to remain in the public school division?

• Baylor (5-3, 2-2) at Ensworth (6-1, 3-1), 8 • Bradley Central (2-5, 0-3) at Soddy-Daisy (4-4, 1-3) • Central (6-2, 3-2) at Hixson (6-2, 4-0)

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Walker Valley never led Cleveland in their District 5-AAA high school football game Friday night at Cleveland's Benny Monroe Stadium. But Cleveland coach Ron Crawford had to have felt uneasy the whole time.

Storyline: The Eagles complete the Scenic City swing after coming to town and blasting McCallie last week.

  • Oct. 17th, 2014  |

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