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High School Football Preview for Friday, Sept. 16th


Hard to believe, but we’re already at week five for high school football in Tennessee, which gets underway tonight in the Sequatchie Valley. Last week saw the longest-running rivalry in the state between Marion County and South Pittsburg, but this week brings some real action as both of those teams face some major opponents this week.   Here’s the full preview of those games and others for our local teams for this week…



MARION-COUNTY-TNLast week was a tough week for the Warrior faithful with their first loss this season, and even more an upset for them since it’s the game with the biggest bragging rights of the season against South Pittsburg. Regardless, it was one heck of a football game! If you wanted to see a very well-played game by both teams with plenty of action (not to mention two coaches going head-to-head, pulling out all of the stops to make their team succeed) — THIS was the game to catch last week, and hopefully you did. Marion County held their own for most of the game and both teams kept the scoreboard numbers rather low for the first half and much of the second. It wasn’t until the last seconds of the game when South Pittsburg got ahead of the Warriors in a tied up game by scoring a touchdown that called the ballgame and the 24-17 loss for Marion, making them now 3-1 overall on the season.

This week the Warriors return to Bill Baxter Stadium in Jasper for Homecoming against the Brainerd Panthers in a conference game. Brainerd has not had a great start to their season with two back-to-back losses on the road against Chattanooga Christian and  East Ridge, plus another upset last week as they fell to Boyd-Buchanan 34-14.

For the Warriors the goal this week is to bounce-back from the loss last week and prepare themselves for another big game that many folks will be watching next week against Boyd-Buchanan (also at home). The Warriors will also face some changes with coaching this week as well.

As you may have read last week, the MCHS football program was slapped again with another probation by the TSSAA for a recruiting violation. The TSSAA accepted the school’s self-imposed punishment, with Coach Joey Mathis serving a one week suspension that began Sunday and will include tonight’s game against Region 3-2a Brainerd. Warriors Assistant Coach, Randy Kirkpatrick, will serve as the interim head coach for tonight’s game. Next week sees the one week suspension of Assistant Coach, Tim Starkey, who will serve his suspension from September 18th-24th including the game against the Bucs next week.

And a quick note for those planning to attend the game against Tyner at the end of September… It was announced today that the time and venue for that game has been changed. Marion will now face Tyner at Finley Stadium in downtown Chattanooga on Thursday, September 29th. Kickoff is still set for 7pm CDT for this game. We will update, if necessary, in the coming days.

Kickoff tonight is at 7:00pm CDT in Jasper and you can listen to Dave Daffron and the Marion County Broadcast Team’s play-by-play coverage LIVE on WTNW-AM 820 in Jasper and its’ entirety on their online “Warriors Radio” LIVE stream at www.wtnw820.com.  You can also access this stream on our page here under the “Radio” tab above.



south-paris-tnAfter an exciting 24-17 win last week over the Marion County Warriors, not only do the Pirates get bragging rights on that old rivalry for a year, but they get to enjoy another week at home in Beene Stadium against the 2-2 Copper Basin Cougars. The Pirates come into tonight’s game 2-1 overall, and the Cougars enter the game after a 35-28 upset from Tellico Plains last week at home.

Copper Basin is a team that South Pittsburg has a long history with both at home and on the road, and usually promises for some good football action! Tonight’s game will be no exception and you can see it for yourself tonight at Beene Stadium. Kickoff is 7:00pm CDT, with the radio broadcast heard on WEPG-AM 910 and Charter channel 197 in South Pittsburg.



WhitwellThis season has been a promising, yet challenging season for the mighty Tigers of Whitwell. The team has seen a lot of growth over the past few years, however many blame coaching changes for some of the teams shortcomings as they’ve seen plenty of those in recent time. No doubt about it though, Coach Malone is doing a stand-up job picking up where R.C. Helton left off in strengthening the Tigers and helping them get on top of their game and actually show out each season…and with each game we see vast improvements in these student athletes that shows just how far they’ve come and how much better they’re getting with each game!  And no doubt, the Tigers have faced some tough opponents thus far in the season as well — Sequatchie County, Davidson Academy, and a very-well-matched Bledsoe team last week.

The Tigers enter tonight’s game against Lookout Valley in Chattanooga after a very close game with Bledsoe County last week. The Tigers nearly pulled it off, until Bledsoe jumped barely ahead in overtime and ending the game 22-21 for a Whitwell loss. Lookout Valley has had an equally tough season faced with challenges. Even with the addition of players to their team from Richard Hardy Memorial School here in Marion County, they just can’t seem to get ahead this year. In fact, the Yellowjackets haven’t seen a win at all this season…and if the Tiger’s have their way that will stay the same for tonight.

So far this season the ‘Jackets have seen a 47-0 loss to Silverdale, 35-0 loss to Chattanooga Christian, 48-13 loss at Grace Baptist Academy, and a 63-6 loss on the road in Kingston, TN at Midway last week.  Kickoff time for tonight’s game is a bit earlier than usual — 6:30pm CDT (that’s 7:30pm EDT) from Lookout Valley High School in Chattanooga. We’ll have every play of the game on MarionCountyMessenger.com Community Radio — just click the “Radio” tab at the top of our page for the link and to listen LIVE online for Chris Goforth’s coverage of tonight’s game. You can watch for the game replay this weekend on KWN-TV on Charter channel 195.



NJHSHelmetIt’s the game that’s already happened! Yep, it’s over…it’s a wrap…and it’s a WIN for the North Jackson Chiefs! The Cheifs defeated Sardis from Boaz, AL last night with a final score of 48-28 and a win for the Chiefs! Now the team gets a week to rest up and get ready for their biggest rivalry of the season next week. Ever heard of the music group Alabama Shakes? Well, we might well see the state of Alabama shake a bit from all the action you can expect next week in Stevenson! Some would compare it to the same rivalry seen between South Pittsburg and Marion, and that’s probably not an inaccurate description! It’s North Jackson vs. Scottsboro — Friday, Sept. 23rd at 7:00pm CDT at NJHS in Stevenson. To wrap-up the month of September, the Chiefs travel to Huntsville to face Randolph Academy on 9/30.



North Sand MountainSo far this has been a great season for the North Sand Mountain team. The Bison started the season in a nail-biter 15-14 win at home over Fairview, took a 32-30 loss on the road against a good Dade County, GA team, and came back for two wins — 10-7 over Plainview in Rainsville and then 36-8 last week at home over Bridndlee Mountain. The Bison are at home again this week to face the Sylvania Rams. The Rams are only three games into the season before tonight’s game. They had a 41-27 win over Sardis in their first week back on August 26th, followed by two back-to-back losses — 22-15 at Cedar Bluff and 36-29 at home last week to New Hope. The North Sand Mountain Bison will face the Ider Hornets on the road next week on 9/23 and New Hope on the road to close out September on 9/30. Tonight’s game in Higdon kicks-off at 7:00pm CDT.



1395235461_dade_county_wolverinesIt’s been a back-and-forth season for the Dade County Wolverines so far, between home and away games. The Wolverines had last week off following a 42-7 loss on the road in Trion the prior week. Dade is on the road in Rome, GA this week to play Model. Dade faces Rockmart next week at home and then they hit the road again the following week play Gordon Central in Calhoun. Dade has four more games following that with one of those on the road at Pepperell. They’ll close out their season against Armuchee on 11/4 at home.


As always, no matter which team you choose to support — go out and support one tonight or listen live on one of the many local broadcasters and media outlets working hard to bring you coverage of each game on Friday nights! We’ll have live coverage of tonight’s action in the valley right here on MarionCountyMessenger.com tonight as always!

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