The 2013 high school football season is just a memory for Rutherford County football fans.
All that remains are postseason accolades and a couple of all-star games as we countdown to National Signing Day on Feb. 5. Here are 10 memorable games that stood out this past season.
Oakland 35, Siegel 25
Date: Sept. 6
Why: Siegel tested Oakland. But the Patriots responded. Trailing 17-14 in the third quarter, the Patriots scored 21 points to pull out the win thanks in part to a couple of key turnovers.
Siegel 34, McCallie 31
Date: Sept. 13
Why: Harrison Reed hit a season-long 45-yard field goal as time expired to give the Stars a huge non-district win. Siegel scored the final 24 points to win over the Division II-AA squad in what was an offensive shootout. The two squads had 82 plays combined in the first half.
Stewarts Creek 52, Summit 28
Date: Sept. 27
Why: Stewarts Creek picked up its first win in school history in grand style, scoring on the Red Hawks’ first offensive play of the game. It was Creek’s lone win of the season, but it was a memorable one, and at home.
Blackman 28, Smyrna 13
Date: Oct. 18
Why: Clinging to a 14-13 lead with 8:43 remaining, the Blaze offense ignited on a wet turf at Robert L. Raikes Stadium. Blackman scored 14 points to stay undefeated with two Jauan Jennings touchdown runs.
Oakland 9, Blackman 3
Date: Oct. 24
Why: If you like defense, this was the game of the year for you. Neither team could move the ball well. But the Patriots took advantage of four Blaze turnovers to beat Blackman and clinch its first District 7-AAA title. Fred Wade’s 2-yard TD run was the difference in this Thursday night showdown.
Riverdale 21, Siegel 19
Date: Oct. 25
Why: Playing for pride, the Warriors put themselves in position for a third-place finish in District 7-AAA with an upset over then fifth-ranked Siegel. Siegel racked up 470 yards on offense, but the game still came down to a Harrison Reed 20-yard field goal. And Reed’s kick was off.
MTCS 47, Huntland 33
Date: Nov. 1
Why: MTCS claimed its sixth win of the regular season — five more than it had won the previous two seasons combined. Justin Winn broke the school record for touchdown passes and in the process, the Cougars clinched a berth in the Class 2A playoffs.
Riverdale 14, Smyrna 7
Date: Nov. 1
Why: Riverdale pulled off its second upset in as many weeks to secure third place in District 7-AAA. The Warriors didn’t make the playoffs in 2013, but the win gave them their third victory in four games to finish the season.
Blackman 17, Oakland 3
Date: Nov. 22
Why: On a night where the field was a sloppy mess, Blackman churned out the biggest win in school history. The Blaze ran for more than 300 yards against a Patriot defense that had been giving up 65.3. Running back Cole Notgrass has TD runs of 73 and 66 for the Blaze.
Maryville 28, Blackman 16
Date: Nov. 29
Why: Blackman’s first trip to the Class 6A semifinals didn’t end how it wanted. But the Blaze were within a score of the Rebels with 5:38 remaining before Maryville extinguished the Blaze’s championship game hopes.