Stars: The Pirates started the year planning to lean heavily on RB Corbin Fitzgerald, but he was injured in their game against Boyd-Buchanan so they turned to Chase Blevins and Triston Adams.
(Tennessee playoff kickoffs at 7 p.m. local time)
Becca Barnes hasn't missed a game in which her husband, Justin, has coached since they got married 10 years ago. Their daughters, 4-year-old Brenna and 14-month-old Brinkley, haven't missed any since they were born.
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.
In a game tied at 7 inside the final seven minutes, Friday’s senior night festivities at Rhea County High School almost were dampened by more than the weather, as the feisty Stone Memorial Panthers gave the Eagles a fight no one expected.
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 Rhea County's football team was unbeaten in late October, Cindi Lauper had the No. 1 song in the nation with "True Colors."
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. — Ooltewah's Josie Grube claimed her third win of the season, and perhaps her most important to date Thursday.
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.