It seemed like only yesterday that Roane County’s five football teams put on the pads for the start of practice in the hot July sun, but now blankets and hot chocolate will be in high demand Friday night as the regular season comes to a close.
At the recent International Isshin-ryu Karate Association (IIKA) Youth Tournament held in Dayton, TN, Kyle Hardy swept the tournament in the under 17 Brown Belt Division by winning first in Fighting, Weapons, and Kata.
That’s what fans around Rockwood and Harriman are thinking this week as the Tigers and Blue Devils hook up in the state’s longest consecutive running rivalry with a possible District 3-A championship on the line.
After suffering back-to-back heartbreaking losses to Oneida and Sunbright, the Oliver Springs Bobcats got back into the winning column Friday night with a 32-27 victory over No. 6 ranked Wartburg at D.J. Brittan Field.
Under TSSAA's new playoff format that was introduced a year ago, non district games are more important than ever as a team's overall record plays a larger role in making the playoffs and determining their seed once the postseason begins.
In what was a back-and-forth barn-burner, the Coalfield Yellow Jackets used a critical two-point conversion in overtime from Cody Hill to Tyler Walls to eke out a 42-41 thriller Friday night over Harriman.
The Kingston Lady Jackets ran into a ferocious buzz saw in the Christian Academy of Knoxville Lady Warriors, dropping a 5-0 decision in the district championship game. “CAK was better this time than they were the first time we played them,” said Kingston head coach Greg Bowman. “We tried to do some different things and I think we held our own against a really good team.”
In several games this season, the Midway Green Waves have put up good numbers and have been close to several opponents in yards gained. But while they were close statistically in those games, they have usually not been very close on the scoreboard.