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Notre Dame committed the cardinal sin for underdogs. The Irish handed defending state champion Alcoa a pair of early touchdowns via turnovers and left themselves in an uphill battle to stay in the game Friday night at Finley Stadium.

Tennessee playoff semifinals

The estimate among Notre Dame’s coaches is that their football team is outsized in 90 percent of the Class 3A games they play.

When he steps off the bus, observers see anything but a master of mayhem.

As we prepare for the TSSAA semifinals on Friday, I couldn’t resist taking one last look at Tennessee’s soon-to-be-departed football playoff system.

The next step is a big one, because the step after that will be a Tennessee state football championship game.

While Cleveland is looking forward to defending its Class AAA high school state wrestling championships, the approach for Hixson and Baylor is to complete 2013-2014 missions that came up short.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team won the Navy Classic on Saturday in Annapolis, Md., and the Mocs did it without an individual champion.

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestler Cory Mock has been suspended from the team.

When they go to critique the video from Friday's game, Notre Dame's coaches are likely to hand quarterback Alex Darras a blank sheet of paper or maybe a typewritten sheet with "ATTA BOY" in all caps.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga will be one of three ranked wrestling teams competing in the Navy Classic today.

Ryan Parker is a four-sport athlete and has medaled at Tennessee state wrestling tournaments and track meets.

When asked to name the best defensive player on their team, Notre Dame's Tyler Enos and Anthony Flemister were at a loss for words.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga made its debut in the National Wrestling Coaches Association Top 25 for Monday, showing up at No. 23.

Prior to the Week 3 football game against Montgomery Bell Academy, Baylor School kicker Colin Brewer broke out a new pair of socks.

Notre Dame's Class 3A TSSAA playoff game Friday has been moved off campus and will be played at Finley Stadium.

About this spot last football season, Notre Dame was winning but was beginning to drag, perhaps losing a leg-weary half-step.

OK, I'll admit it. I had my doubts about Rhea County, and if we'd had another week of the Pick'em box, I would have picked Ooltewah to beat the Eagles in their second-round playoff showdown.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has opened its wrestling season with a 3-0 start after a successful showing at the Eastern Michigan Duals in Ypsilanti, Mich.

LOUDON, Tenn. — Big plays are a great cure for 20-degree temperatures, and unbeaten Loudon used big plays — a pair of them in particular — to play through the cold Friday night and advance in the TSSAA Class 4A playoffs with a 37-21 victory over Signal Mountain.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling season opens its dual-meet competition today against Michigan State, an opponent the Mocs have not faced previously.

Stars: South Pittsburg lost its top RB at the time, Corbin Fitzgerald (700 rushing yards), to injury in the seventh game.

The TSSAA Board of Control on Thursday approved the proposed Division I football regions including the four-region, Class 6A division that will have 32 teams with all advancing to the postseason.

Alex Trotter ran for 177 yards and three touchdowns against Pope John Paul II last week.

Cale Shelton on Wednesday became the first Signal Mountain wrestler to sign an NCAA Division I scholarship.

McCallie running back Alex Trotter, Signal Mountain lineman Harrison Moon, Marion County running back/linebacker Blake Zeman and Ooltewah kicker Laszlo Toser have been named TSSAA Mr. Football finalists in their respective classifications.

For someone who never was supposed to play school sports, Jack Teter has built a pretty fair career as an athlete at Signal Mountain.

There was no team title but the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team came back with 11 medals from two divisions of Virginia Tech's Hokie Open.

Malik Davis saved the best till last and by doing so made it possible to have another best and another last.

Scottsboro High School eighth-grader Bo Nix tied a school record that had gone untouched since 1956 in the Wildcats' first-round Class 5A football playoff game last week.Staff Report

For the first time since he resigned at Rhea County High School almost two seasons ago, Doug Greene is going back there.

Four of the Chattanooga area's football teams still alive in the TSSAA playoffs will be facing undefeated opponents Friday, and one of those games is a long talked-about matchup of former district rivals Rhea County and Ooltewah.

Bradley Central will log a lot of miles, Sequatchie County is going over the mountain, Meigs County is coming back to the Chattanooga area and longtime rivals McMinn Central and Polk County are parting ways.

It could have been the full moon or it might've been coach Bill Price shelving his shorts and short sleeves.

Survey says, Jason Fitzgerald could be a huge winner tonight. The first-year Meigs County coach will lead the Tigers into the first round of the TSSAA football playoffs, and he and four family members will take another swing at $20,000 on the "Family Feud."

If the old TSSAA football playoff system, which is being reinstituted next year, had been in play this year, McMinn County would have been in the playoffs with a 3-7 overall record but 3-3 in District 5-AAA.

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.

Many folks atop Monteagle Mountain and around Grundy County High School had prepared themselves for the worst.

It will be a couple of years before he arrives, but the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has secured a commitment from Alcoa High School wrestler Sammy Evans.

All weekend and even into Monday morning, Glen Ryan heard the congratulatory comments and absorbed the pats on the back.

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.

Despite its unbeaten regular-season record, Ooltewah was granted only a No. 3 seed in its Class 5A quadrant of the TSSAA football playoffs.

For Boyd-Buchanan there’s another district football championship, but the Buccaneers are more excited about a five-game win streak and the opportunity to extend it.

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

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