Rough road for football teams

It was a tough Friday night for local high school football last week, but both Clinton and Anderson County are hoping for bounce-back games this week.

After the Dragons spent last Friday night as a case study as to why there needs to be radical reform among officiating, they return home to face Campbell County. The Cougars (5-1 overall, 1-1 in Region 3 5A) have been an offensive powerhouse this season. A win over the Cougars could set up the Dragons for a postseason appearance. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Remember, it’s homecoming for Clinton so enjoy the parade prior to the game and be prepared for the pageantry.

The Mavericks, who have endured some bumps this season, will host Carter (4-2 overall, 2-0 in Region 2 4A) on Thursday at 7 p.m. for the “Rivalry Thursday” game on MyVLT. Expect a better showing from Anderson County, which has motivation to win with first place in the region on the line. No parade is scheduled, but there should be fireworks, literally and figuratively.

Anderson County volleyball wraps up the regular season Thursday at 6 p.m. against William Blount.

Clinton volleyball will end its regular season Monday, Oct. 4, against visiting Jellico at 5 p.m.

Anderson County soccer will visit Lenoir City on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The team ends the regular season on Tuesday, Oct. 5, against visiting Oak Ridge at 6 p.m.

Clinton soccer is set to visit Union County on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. and Campbell County on Tuesday, Oct. 5, at 6 p.m. The regular season ends at home against Harriman on Wednesday, Oct. 6 at 6 p.m.