Note: This story was updated at 1:55 a.m
ATHENSâ€”When the Oak Ridge Wildcats traveled to Athens on Friday night to face McMinn County, despite the Cherokeesâ€™ impressive 5-1 record, they probably were not expecting a loss.
But thatâ€™s exactly what happened, as the two teams swapped leads throughout the contest, and the Cherokees just barely escaped with the win, 28-24.
â€œThey whipped us,â€ Oak Ridge head coach Joe Gaddis said. â€œTo their credit, they whipped us. And I think they whipped us on both sides of the ball.â€
McMinn County burned seven minutes and 20 seconds off the clock on their first offensive possession, with all but one of the plays designed runs, and concluded the drive with a Zane Byas touchdown carry to put the Cherokees ahead 7-0. [Read more…]