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Whitwell and East Ridge to open season on Wednesday

Whitwell and East Ridge to open season on Wednesday

The regular season for high school football in Tennessee for the 2019 season will start on Wednesday, August 21.

Because of a scheduling conflict, defending Class 1A state champion Whitwell will play two games in four days and will open the 2019 season on the road at East Ridge on Wednesday, August 21.

The Tigers will then play at Bledsoe County in a non region game on Saturday, August 24 and will have an open date on August 30, while Bledsoe County will host East Ridge on August 30.

First year Whitwell head coach Travis Olinger confirmed that the Tigers would play two games in four days but didn’t comment any further.

“It’s an unfortunate scheduling conflict and we are trying to make the best of it,” East Ridge coach Tim James said.

Seven games statewide will be played on Thursday, August 22 as Class 4A defending champion Greeneville will travel over and play at Powell, while Upperman will play Cookeville on the turf at Tennessee Tech.

Other Thursday games will be Tullahoma at Shelbyville, Rogers (AR) at Richland and three games in Memphis as Kingsbury plays at Craigmont, Melrose at Memphis Overton and Wooddale at first year varsity program Memphis Business Academy.

A full Friday night schedule will also be played and eight games will take place on Saturday, August 24.

The Saturday schedule will be Baylor at Brainerd, Whitwell at Bledsoe County and Sequatchie County at South Pittsburg in the Chattanooga area while South Doyle will play at Fulton and Bearden will travel to Knoxville West in the Knoxville area.

Defending 3A state champion Alcoa will travel down to Murfreesboro and play Blackman which will be the first game on the new turf for Blackman.

Father Ryan will play against Bowling Green (KY) on the turf at Western Kentucky and Memphis Academy of Science and Engineering (MASE) will play Memphis Academy of Health Sciences (MAHS).

UT hosting 7 on 7 This Weekend
The University of Tennessee will open their campus up to 15 high schools representing five states for a two day 7 on 7 passing tournament today and Saturday.

There will be 10 teams in the Orange Division and five teams in the White Division.

The 10 teams in the Orange Division are Blue Ridge (SC), Bradley Central, Chaminade (MO), Dorman (SC), East Laurens (GA), Fulton, Knoxville Catholic, Lenoir City, Mt. Juliet and Oakland.

The five teams in the White Division will be East Laurens (GA), Giles County, St. Benedict, Trinity Academy (TN) and Volunteer.

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