A total of 176 points were scored in a pair of contests Thursday evening with St. Andrew’s-Sewanee defeating the Tennessee School for the Deaf, 66-40, and Grace Christian blasting Knox Carter, 49-21.
The rest of the state will kick off the new campaign tonight with 137 games on tap across Tennessee.
In our area three of the four local teams will take to the gridiron, with two facing off against each other. As it has been for the past three seasons, Bradley Central and Polk County will square off in the season-opener with this year’s game in Benton.
The Larry Davis Football Complex is expected to be jam packed with Bear and Wildcat supporters as the hungry players are ready to get things started. Bradley has won the past two games, but Polk captured the renewal of the neighboring rivalry three years ago.
Walker Valley’s Mustangs will gallop into East Ridge this evening as well, hoping to snap a 16-game losing streak with a victory over the Pioneers in new head coach Glen Ryan’s debut.
Both games are slated for a 7:30 kickoff with Mother Nature expect to play a role in the field conditions.
Cleveland High will open its new season Saturday evening with a 5 p.m. game to kick off the Blount County Bowl for the second straight year.
Also under the direction of a new head coach, Ron Crawford will lead the Blue Raiders against perennial powerhouse Maryville on the Alcoa High School turf. Alcoa and Knoxville Webb will clash in the nightcap.