The high school football jamborees, which signal the beginning of the season, are just three weeks away. The Times Free Press is now the title sponsor of the Kickoff Classic jamboree at Finley Stadium, a two-day event featuring 19 area teams.
The Times Free Press Kickoff Classic, presented by Zaxby's, is set for Friday, Aug. 12, and Saturday, Aug. 13.
"The jamboree is always an exciting dress rehearsal for area football fans to see how good their school might be that season," said Kickoff Classic event organizer Stump Martin. "This event has become a Chattanooga sports happening on the must-do list for high school football followers."
The Kickoff Classic schedule has changed slightly, with Giles County replacing Rhea County, which recently opted out of the event. Giles County, which won the Class 4A state championship in 2008 and was state runner-up in 2013, will play McCallie on Friday at 8:45.
The first day's schedule begins with Brainerd playing rival Howard at 6:30, followed by Chattanooga Christian vs. Sale Creek, Grace Academy vs. Boyd-Buchanan, McCallie vs. Giles and Tyner vs. Hixson.
"With Brainerd and Howard again not playing during the regular season, it just makes sense to open the jamboree with them playing each other," Martin added.
The second night's games begin with Notre Dame vs. Baylor at 6:30 followed by Walker Valley vs. Red Bank, East Ridge vs. Soddy-Daisy, Central vs. Ooltewah and East Hamilton vs. McMinn County.
One on-the-field change from years past is that teams will now each play one 30-minute period with a running clock, rather than a 20-minute period with clock stoppages. There will be 15 minutes between quarters to allow the next two teams to warm up.
The jamboree will also be the debut for five head coaches who are going into their first season with new programs — Howard's John Starr, CCS's Mark Mariakis, Boyd-Buchanan's Carter Cardwell, East Ridge's Tim James, who is actually beginning his second stint at his alma mater, and Central's Cortney Braswell..
Times Free Press Kickoff Classic
Friday, Aug. 12
Brainerd vs. Howard, 6:30 p.m.
Chattanooga Christian vs. Sale Creek, 7:15 p.m.
Grace Academy vs. Boyd-Buchanan, 8 p.m.
McCallie vs. Giles County, 8:45 p.m.
Tyner vs. Hixson, 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 13
Notre Dame vs. Baylor, 6:30 p.m.
Walker Valley vs. Red Bank, 7:15 p.m.
East Ridge vs. Soddy-Daisy, 8:00 p.m.
Central vs. Ooltewah, 8:45 p.m.
East Hamilton vs. McMinn County, 9:30 p.m.
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