Some area high school teams in the TSSAA playoffs this Friday were expected to be out of the picture before the regular season was half completed, and others had a poor track record in previous years, so they weren't making plans for extended play.
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.
There was, Marion County coach Ricky Ross said, one small difference in Blake Zeman in Friday's game against South Pittsburg and other opponents this year.
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.
Soddy-Daisy baseball players Andy Wright and Dillon Clift have been going through fall workouts, and they have minimized the pressure from college recruiters when the 2015 season begins.
(All kickoffs at 7:30 Eastern unless noted)
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men's golf team finished third Sunday in the 13-school Bridgestone Collegiate tournament at Greensboro, N.C., with Andrew Weathers getting leading the way with a fifth-place showing.
Soddy-Daisy honored its seniors and retiring half-century public-address announcer John Rawlston, but it was Bradley Central that was left celebrating after Friday's football game.
At the conclusion of Soddy-Daisy's football game tonight against Bradley Central, John Rawston intends to call it quits.