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The Chattanooga area is well represented in all classifications of this year’s Tennessee Sports Writers Association all-state football teams.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Bradley Central wrestling coach Ben Smith wanted his team to put themselves in a position Saturday afternoon to claim the title of the Bradley Invitational. They gave themselves that chance -- but fell short of their final pursuit.

It took just one year as an assistant coach in Chattanooga for Mark Teague to prove he was ready for the next step in his career.

The star: Hixson senior running back Isaiah Robinson ran a career-high 36 times for 202 yards and two touchdowns.

There was a time when a steak, cooked medium rare where the center is more red than pink, was high on Ryan Young's favorites list.

TSSAA kickoffs at 7 p.m. local time; Georgia games at 7:30

Evensville is over the mountain from Dunlap, but former Sequatchie County football coach Mike Zeller is coming back close to the area where he lived and coached for three years.

Since its inception, the TSSAA football playoff six-classification format has created controversy. But it can also produce intriguing matchups, and this year there's a chance for several area rematches in the first two rounds alone.

The TSSAA announced its high school football playoff brackets Saturday morning and 20 Chattanooga-area teams qualified for the playoffs. First-round games kickoff on Friday and the postseason culminates with the BlueCross Bowl state championship games, to be played Dec. 5-7 at Tennessee Tech University.

Rhea County has clinched the District 6-AAA championship and will be in the Class 5A playoffs.

The last Friday of Tennessee's high school football regular season has numerous coaches changing their postgame rituals.

Storyline: The District 7-AA championship is on the line. Signal can take it with a win while Sequatchie would need to win and Grundy County beat Notre Dame to get it.

Ron Crawford has nowhere to go Friday night -- unless his wife tells him differently -- so he might go scouting or simply stay at home and catch the scores on the radio.

(Coaches are invited to make nominations. Send an e-mail to Ward Gossett at wgossett@timesfreepress.com by 6 p.m. each Saturday.)

If you know of a 2013 football schedule change, please notify Ward Gossett at wgossett@timesfreepress.com.

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