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Just weeks away from kick-off… Who plays where?

Yes, the heat and miserable humidity of summer is still ever-present in our minds, and its resulting sweat is fresh (or rather, kind of stinky in some cases and places) on our brows… But high school football is almost here!

Being mid-July means that we’ve rounded the corner not only for college football season and those beloved fall Saturdays cheering on your favorite college teams, but it means we’re even closer to Friday nights under the lights and some great high school football action.

Things will be a bit different this year, at least, as far as the teams that your favorite team will be visiting or hosting after the TSSAA ‘shook things up’ a bit and reorganized a bit, but overall, it’s still going to be an exciting season of high school football and we’re ready!

Don’t forget that you can stream the live play-by-play action from all four of the teams in the valley — in Marion and Sequatchie County — all live on your mobile device, computer, or smart speaker again this season, as our parent company, Tennessee Valley Broadcasting and radio stations The River 104.9 WEPG and Country Roads 93.3 WSDQ bring all of the action to the airwaves both on air and online with their sports media partner, the Nickajack Radio Network.

The season officially gets started on Friday, August 18th (just…barely…over a month away from this writing), with games of interest in our local area, including the Marion County Warriors hosting the 4A Region 3 East Ridge Pioneers at home in Jasper for a non-district game to open the season. The South Pittsburg Pirates will do the same as they host the 1A Region 2 Oliver Springs Bobcats under the lights and canon fire at Beene Stadium.

The Sequatchie County Indians will also see home action with a non-district game, but a longtime rival — quite arguably the bragging rights in the north end of the valley, as the Indians host the Bledsoe County Warriors to open the season.

The Whitwell Tigers will be the sole team in the valley that starts their season on the road in non-district play against Huntland and the Class 1A Region 5 Hornets.  Speaking of mascots that sting and Huntland, to be exact… Grundy County’s Yellowjackets will have a bye-week on 8/18 and begin their season on the road against Huntland the following Friday night (8/25)…followed by another game on the road the next Friday to play the Lookout Valley Yellowjackets. There’s a lot of potential stinging there as Grundy begins their season, but no doubt, as a “bee team,” I’m sure they’ll be up for the games ahead!

Looking ahead at the schedule for Marion County, the Warriors will face the Dade County, GA Wolverines on the road in week two, followed by a return home for the Chattanooga Central “Purple Pounders,” of which I’m sure the Warrior-faithful hope is merely a team mascot name and not something they live up to… This is followed by two more home games against Fayetteville in district action, then Sequatchie County before hitting the road to play Brainerd in Chattanooga on Friday, 9/22, and Tyner on 9/29. The Warriors will remain on the road through much of October as they travel up to Chapel Hill to play Forrest and to Woodbury to play Cannon County — both district games. The final game of the season is back at home on 10/27 against the Cascade “Champions” from Wartrace, TN.

While South Pittsburg will open the season at home with Oliver Springs as their schedule gets under-way, they get to spend the next three games on the road in both district and non-district play…traveling just up the road to Winchester to play Franklin County on 8/25, followed by the long trip to Copperhill for district action against Copper Basin on 9/1, then up the road to play Sequatchie County on 9/8, before finally returning home for a district game against the Lookout Valley Yellowjackets on 9/15. Following that, it’s down the road to Stevenson for the “new state-line bragging rights rival” against the North Jackson Chiefs, back to Beene Stadium to host Middle Tennessee Christian out of Murfreesboro. They’ll face Chattanooga Prep on the road in October and round out the regular season at home, hosting Sale Creek followed by a Thursday night game against Whitwell; both of those final two games are district play.

While Whitwell gets started on the road, they do get to enjoy several at home after the first week. The Tigers’ schedule has them at Huntland for week one, followed by home games against Greenback in week two, Jo Byrns out of Cedar Hill, TN, in week three, and some district action against Lookout Valley in week four. In week five, it’s back on the road against Sale Creek. In week six, the Tigers host Copper Basin in district play. With that, the home advantage goes away as the Tigers wrap up the regular season with four on the road — beginning with a trip to Pikeville to face Bledsoe on 9/29, followed by road games at Oliver Springs, Chattanooga Prep, and South Pittsburg — which will be that Thursday night game we mentioned earlier.

As I mentioned earlier, Sequatchie’s schedule shows them beginning the season in “rivalry mode,” if you will, against their native neighbors to the north — the Bledsoe Warriors.  Week two takes Sequatchie to East Ridge to face the Pioneers, followed by a home game with Watertown, then hosting the South Pittsburg Pirates before hitting the road to play Marion County in Jasper.  The Indians return home to face Coalfield, then back on the road for Fayetteville, followed by a trip to Unionville, TN, to play Community in district play. The final two games of the regular season see them at home for Grundy on 10/20, followed by a road trip for Giles County on 10/27.

While that’s just the action for teams in Tennessee, we don’t want to forget our readers in North Alabama.

The North Jackson Chiefs get their season started at home on Friday, 9/1, at Scottsboro…followed by home games against  Westminster Christian and Randolph. Next up will be a trip just up Hwy 72 to South Pittsburg. The Chiefs will be back at home on Sept. 29 versus St. John Paul II. They are back on the road on Oct. 6 at New Hope and on the road at Priceville the following week. North Jackson will host Madison County in week 8.  Next up will be road games at D.A.R. and at Pisgah on November 3.

And there’s still great action from other Northeast Alabama teams like the Scottsboro Wildcats, North Sand Mountain Bison, and over in Northwest Georgia, the Dade County Wolverines! And this, of course, doesn’t include all the other football fun you can enjoy in the valley this season. There’s still Middle School football, ‘Pee Wee’ and ‘Little League football, and others!

Don’t forget; you can catch all football action from the South Pittsburg Pirates…LIVE on The River 104.9 WEPG, as well as live streaming of the Marion County Warriors and Whitwell Tigers right on their website. Sequatchie County Indians football is LIVE on Country Roads 93.3 WSDQ and online as well.

Enjoy the season, and may your team be the best!