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Cougars enter new region with confidence and focus

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The Campbell County Cougars enter the newly formed Region 3-5A with six returning starters on offense.

They are led by senior quarterback Zach Rutherford.

“He had a phenomenal year last and set some school records and was a big reason we went 8-2 in the regular season,” said head coach Justin Price.

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Life in 2-4A: Mavs ready to write travel guide to success via Chattanooga

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It’s a brave new world for the Anderson County Mavericks in 2017 as they move to Region 2-4A.

They leave behind the old 5A region, which featured powerhouses like Fulton and Knoxville Catholic.

The new challenge for the Mavericks will be the best 4A schools in the Chattanooga area and a brutal travel schedule.

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Dragons embark on a new chapter

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From the offense to the defense to the uniforms, the Clinton Dragons will have a brand new look this season.

“I think it’s just very important to brand things. You brand that by your coaching staff, you brand it by your uniform, or you brand it by your style of play, but for me, not just one of those. We kind of do it all. It’s has be all-inclusive. It has to be an overall change. You can’t just change a few things,” said head coach Randy McKamey, who is starting his first season at the helm of the Dragons’ program.

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Wildcats have plenty of weapons in their arsenal

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The Oak Ridge Wildcats enter the 2017 season with the usual high expectations.

All-State wide receiver Tee Higgins is now enrolled at Clemson University and while the Wildcats offense lost a weapon it still has plenty left in the arsenal.

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Panthers look to ‘break in’ to the top four of the region

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The Powell Panthers are looking to bounce back after a rough 2016 season.

The Panthers went 1-9 a year ago but third year head coach Rodney Ellison is optimistic about his team’s chances in 2017. Powell not only enters the newly formed Region 3-5A, they also boast 11 seniors.

Sophomore Walker Trusley will get the starting nod at quarterback.

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Bobcats’ toughness never in question

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The Oliver Springs Bobcats are coming off of a 5-6 season and played in the Character Bowl a year ago.

The Character Bowl appearance was to raise money for one of their own — guard/linebacker Lane Lee, who had leukemia.

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