By Ed Greif
The District 6AAA race enters its second week as CCHS travels to Rhea County for a 6:30 p.m. CDT start and SMHS travels to Cookeville for a 7 p.m. kickoff.
This will be the Panthers first regular season trip to Cookeville, after playing the Cavaliers in freshmen and junior varsity games over the years. This will be the Panthers second 6AAA game this season.
Veteran coach Jimmy Maynord coaches at Cookeville.
CCHS has been playing Rhea County since 1974, after the school was created by the merger of Rhea Central (Dayton) and Spring City. This is the first meeting of the two schools, since the 2008 season, when the Golden Eagles won 28-0.
According the Tennessee High School football database web site and some of my calculations, Rhea County holds a 22-5 series edge. The Golden Eagles have scored CCHS 716-179, including 15 shutouts.
CCHS has lost 16 straight games, including 11 shutouts. The Jets won two games in the 1980s — 20-17 in '84 and 16-6 in '82. CCHS won three straight games from 1974-'76.
Cumberland County posted a 7-3 record against Rhea Central from 1962-1973, outscoring them 171-32. The Jets played Spring City four times during 1962-'65 and posted a 3-1 mark, outscoring the Bulldogs 126-14.
Rhea County and Rhea Central has a combined record of 25-12 and have outscored CCHS 798-350.
Rhea County is coached by Mark Pemberton, who has had coaching stints at Rockwood, Rhea County, Cumberland County and Macon County.
Cookeville (3-1), Rhea County (2-1) and SMHS (3-1) have 1-0 league records, while CCHS (0-3), Warren County (1-3) and White County (3-1) are all 0-1 in the league. White County travels to Warren County in the remaining District 6AAA game.
CCHS, White County, SMHS and Rhea County will play in the 5A playoffs, while Cookeville and Warren County will be in the 6A playoffs.
Something must end Friday night at Rhea County — the 16-game losing streak to Rhea County and the 20-game overall streak.
The fall sports seasons will be winding down between now and fall break, which begins Oct. 14.
Both the boys and girls golf teams played in the District 6AAA Tournament Thursday at Riverwatch. The top three boys and girls teams advance into the region tournament Sept. 25 at Riverwatch.
The District 6AAA volleyball tournament will be hosted by CCHS Oct. 7-10, with the winner and runner-up advancing into the region tournament.
Charles Lester pointed out something to me last week. His great nephew, Lance Lynn, and grandson of Lera Lester of the Homestead Community and the late Doug Lynn, pitches for the St. Louis Cardinals.
Lynn grew up in Broomsburg, IN, and pitched for his team in the Little League World Series. He pitched for the Mississippi Bulldods and made his Major League debut on June 2, 2011, according to the St. Louis web site.
He won 18 games and recorded 180 strikeouts in 2012 and was a member of the 2011 World Series champion Cardinals.
Lynn and his Cardinals are currently battling Cincinnati and Pittsburgh for the NL Central division championship. There is just over a week left in the regular season.
Eight of the 14 SEC teams are in action this week, but there are only two league games — Tennessee at Florida and Auburrn at LSU. Rounding out the slate are Vandy at UMass, North Texas at Georgia, Arkansas at Rutgers, SMHS at Texas A&M, Colorado State at Alabama and Missouri at Indiana.
Auburn, Ole Miss and Alabama are all 1-0 in the SEC West, while Mississippi State and Texas A&M are both 0-1. LSU and Arkansas have yet to play a league game.
Georgia leads the east at 1-0, while South Carolina is 1-1. The 'Dawgs have the tie-breaker over the Gamecocks. Jim Butler's 'Dores are 0-2 in the league.
Missouri, Tennesee, Florida and Kentucky haven't played SEC foes yet.
Things will take shape Sept. 28 with L.S.U. at Georgia, Ole Miss at Alabama, Texas A&M at Arkansas and Florida at Kentucky.
For both Tennessee and Vanderbilt to secure bowl bids, they may have to win a game or two from teams they were not supposed to beat.
The MTSU Blue Raiders (2-1) open Conference USA play at Florida Atlanta Saturday afternoon. MTSU defeated Memphis last week.
Coach Russ Huesman and the Chattanooga Mocs have the week off, after beating Austin Peay (0-3) last week. The Governors lost their opener at Tennessee and then lost to Vanderbilt in week two, only scoring a field goal in the first two games.
UTC travels to Georgia Southern Sept. 28 to open the SoCon schedule. Georgia Southern and Appalachian State are ineligible for the SoCon championship, as they are leaving the conference next year for greener pastures.
The Mocs will return home Oct. 5 to face Western Carolina and Oct. 12 to battle Furman for homecoming. Both kick off at 6 p.m. EDT.
After losing at Wisconsin last week, Coach Watson Brown and the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles (2-1) will host Tennessee State Saturday at 7 p.m. in the OVC home opener.
(Ed Greif is the Chronicle sports editor and his column appears regularly.)