Red Bank

(Tennessee playoff kickoffs at 7 p.m. local time)

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.

A streak that was two decades in the making will come to an end this year.

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.

(All kickoffs at 7:30 Eastern unless noted)

The last time Hixson High School made the state football playoffs three years running, the coach was Dan Duff.

Coming out of a tough three-point loss to District 6-AA foe Hixson last week, Red Bank needed a win Friday at Howard to keep pace as the playoffs approach.

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.

Signal Mountain was the only one of four Chattanooga area teams to win two matches on the opening day of the Tennessee state volleyball tournament.

It's the time of year in high school volleyball when unfamiliarity becomes a familiar word for many programs.

Since it was his last race of the season, Daniel Mihaescu went out in style.

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