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Cleveland welcomed back runners Raekwon Bunion and T.J. Parker, and the pair frolicked Friday night. Yet it was Soddy-Daisy that chugged into the winner's circle behind a bamboo defense and a near 300-yard passing outing from quarterback Hunter Maynor.

A major goal for Davon Sherrer was put on hold a few weeks ago.

Charles Fant and his staff spent most of the Sunday and Monday last week laying out the grand scheme Notre Dame would use to attack Boyd-Buchanan’s defense.

McMinn Central continues to surprise in football, and the Chargers pulled out their second biggest win of the season Friday with a 27-26 victory over Grace Christian in Knoxville.

(Coaches, if there are changes to your schedule, please email Ward Gossett at wgossett@timesfreepress.com.)

  • Sept. 14th, 2014  |
  • By Staff Writer

High-powered Marion County entered Friday's football game averaging 43 points per game.

  • Sept. 13th, 2014  |
  • By Staff Writer

Ben Brown is a senior who returned to football after a two-year absence, and he's made an impact at Red Bank.

A friend showed up at Phil Dees' new, temporary residence earlier this week with fishing rods and tackle in hand.

Malik Talley broke a Scottsboro record that had stood since 1979 and joined his father on Scottsboro's single-game receiving list a couple of weeks ago when he grabbed seven passes for 149 yards against Sparkman.

Storyline: Nick Tiano, the Baylor QB who has committed to Mississippi State, rushed and passed for more than 100 yards in last week's thrilling win over Montgomery Bell Academy, and he may get an early trip to the sideline as he is battling some nagging minor injuries. Brainerd looked better last week in a tight loss to Red Bank and hopes to build on that improved effort.

Jeff Bedard and Niko Brown will be lending their expertise to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team.

Blake Foster’s city single-game rushing record had stood for more than a decade, but the Ooltewah runner’s 2002 total of 359 yards was tumbled Friday night.

There is no perfect answer to what's happening in the Tennessee high school football playoffs. Somebody somewhere is going to feel like his team is getting the shaft.

Friday, Sept. 12 (All kickoffs at 7:30 Eastern unless noted) TENNESSEE Bledsoe County (1-2) at York institute (1-2), 8 Boyd-Buchanan (0-3) at Notre Dame (2-1)

Notre Dame's performance wasn't just methodical, and it wasn't just opportunistic. It was complete.

All kickoffs at 7:30 Eastern unless noted

The year was 1971 and the season was fall. The setting was still-new Central High School — the one on Highway 58 — and the Purple Pounders were hosting longtime rival City High with at least 10,000 fans filling the stands, camped out on the hill and lining the fences.

There was a time when pep rallies were a social happening. A time to get just a little rowdy and certainly boisterous, most often with an upcoming football game being the focus.

Is there any big deal about being 2-0 in a high school football season?

Friday, Sept. 5 FOOTBALL (All kickoffs at 7:30 Eastern unless noted) Bledsoe County (1-1) at Signal Mountain (2-0)* Boyd-Buchanan (0-2) at Franklin Road Academy (1-1), 8

Hunter Maynor already held quality status among his teachers and fellow students at Soddy-Daisy.

Hunter Maynor turned in another five-touchdown performance, but the Soddy-Daisy quarterback didn't really relax until the Trojans' final possession Friday night at Red Bank.

There was joy in Englewood last week that touched decades.

Storyline: Webb lost last week to Maryville, 28-7, and Baylor rolled in its opener, 51-6 over Howard. If Baylor quarterback Nick Tiano is as sharp as he was last week -- 5-of-8 (with three drops) for 155 yards and four TDs -- the Red Raiders will be tough to handle.

Red Bank High School begins tonight its 75th anniversary celebration.

Joseph Gore doesn’t have that overwhelming size.

Skye Wilson paid for it — he cramped up in the second half — but Signal Mountain's sophomore running back and linebacker had himself a night on each side of the football.

JASPER, Tenn. — Following his team's first-half performance, first-year coach Ricky Ross thought his only concern might be a malfunctioning scoreboard.

Storyline: Class A state finalists a year ago, the Pirates are looking for their sixth season with 10 or more wins in the last seven years.

Fall is officially a month away, when the equinox tells us that cooler weather is coming.

Harrison Moon, the biggest player to be produced by Signal Mountain, is top-ranked among Chattanooga area senior college prospects. The 6-foot-7, 280-pound tackle will play both ways this year for the Eagles although the majority of his playing time will be on the offensive side of the ball.

In his quarterback debut, the substitute put on a show.

When Heath Eslinger interviewed for the head coaching job at Purdue, his top assistant in the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling program began getting his resume in order.

Notre Dame athlete Kareem Orr, ranked No. 3 among area high school senior college football prospects, will leave the field this year only when the Irish are covering punts.

David Helton, like most of his college football peers, spent the summer getting ready for the 2014 season.

If he hadn't seen it, McCallie School football coach Ralph Potter might never have believed it.

If Friday night was a dress rehearsal for the Baylor football team, then coach Phil Massey has a lot to look forward to this season.

The two-night Best of Preps high school football jamboree gets under way tonight at Finley Stadium.

Red Bank two-way standout Courtney Stamper is the No. 9-ranked college prospect among area high school seniors.

The TSSAA Board of Control voted unanimously Monday to approve a revamped football playoff system that will go into effect for the 2015-16 school year.

East Ridge players have known since spring practice that they could, even should, be the preseason favorites to win the District 6-AA football championship.

Brainerd receiver and defensive back Kaylen Stewart is the No. 12-ranked college prospect among area high school seniors.

History dictates that South Pittsburg again will win the District 6-A football championship.

A handful of new coaches are stepping in at Boyd-Buchanan including Todd Ledbetter, Zach Roddenberry, Alfie Dodd, Sarah Bass and Wes Stone.

Former Soddy-Daisy wrestler Kevin Ward has been named as the new wrestling coach at Army.

Four teams that finished in the top 25 at last season's NCAA Division I tournament are on the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's 2014-15 wrestling schedule.

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