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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.

COLUMBUS, Ga. — With one big swing of her bat, Jana Johns not only helped win a state softball championship, she also earned a new toy.

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.

For all the success northwest Georgia high school softball teams had this regular season, four of them learned Thursday that one bad game — or inning — in Columbus can put championship hopes in jeopardy.

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)

Many have tried to contain Shannon Brooks, but no one has succeeded in slowing the state of Georgia's leading rusher in high school football this season.

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.

Runs in bunches, sparkling defense and a steady arm in the circle — Heritage High School softball had it all.

  • Oct. 23rd, 2014  |
  • By By Idris Garcia

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)

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