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  1. BattleCat

    Ooltewah football

    Numbers don't mean a thing. Most coaches around this area only play about 18 to 20 players anyways. I'm sure the owls will be fine, most of the boys at East Hamilton came from Ooltewah Middle and most of the guys at Ooltewah came from Hunter. Both middle schools had/have good teams that continue to play on up.
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    The Chattanooga sports section is only concerned with hockey, nascar, McCallie and Baylor. I was shocked to see them actually put a picture of the Oolt vs East Ham on the cover prior to our game. I do think the Chattanoogan does a great job considering they do not have near the staff but they seem to cover more of the regular public schools. I think the TFP could learn alot from the way the Cleveland Daily Banner runs their paper.
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    Chattanooga Central @ East Hamilton

    We are fine with him not subbing. That just keeps our guys on top for the future. We have a JV schedule, they do not. The guys starting for him are young, have no experience because they never made it into games the last couple of years. (Quoting a few dads I know with that team.) There is more to being a head coach than just thinking you can ram it up the middle every play. They tried that with us and went backwards. If Central has the defense the early guys who commented mentioned, well I think they will find the same results. Their young QB looked good ...when he was not lying on his back. I am pulling for East Hamilton but I do not see this being a decisive victory. Maybe their enormous fan support can pull them through.
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    What is up with our band this year? They no longer play music but spend all their time trying to make the trampolines look like something normal for a marching band. I think someone has been over doing the caffeine during the off-season. I would love to see our band get back to playing music and showing off their musical talents. I predict a split Friday night. Owls football team wins with defense and the Cleveland Blue Raider band wins with playing music.
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    Chattanooga Central @ East Hamilton

    You were making sense up until this statement. I would not call EH's coaching superior by any stretch. If you would have seen our game against them last week you would have seen why we are happy he left. Up by 28 points late in the fourth quarter Coach Williams put in the subs, Gatewood did not. Our back ups got some experience and theirs did not. So how many points do you have to be down if you are Gatewood before you decide to sub? 50? 60? Not sure about Central's coach but I certainly would not call the opposing coach superior to anyone.
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    Ooltewah-East Hamilton

    For all those who have wanted Gatewood back instead of Coach Williams, I think you see who did better job getting the players prepared. Our guys came out ready and with a game plan. The other was as predictable as he has always been. Run it up the middle and when that does not work, keep doing it and punt. Our defense looked extremely impressive last night and they made no adjustments to stop our rush. Great game Owls, keep it rolling.
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    Soddy Daisy Trojans Football 2011

    For anyone who was there and was not a fan of either team, this is the best post of the real outcome. If you incorporate a line to throw over then EH completes a fourth of the passes they threw. SD's QB struggled the first couple of series but came on strong as the schrimage came to a close. Both teams will look totally different once the pads are on and pressure is put on the QB's. Good Luck!
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    Ooltewah football 2011

    This is the Owl board but since I saw the Canes vs SD 7 on 7 I am going to chime in. Canes go 3 and 7 AT BEST. Starting QB looked decent ONLY because he had NO RUSH. He starred at his receivers and he crouched when he threw the ball. Their back up QB looked much better but I heard he was only going to be a sophomore. The other reason EH looked decent was because SD looked that bad. They struggled and they will have a long season this year. Not sure what happened to them. As for my Owls, I really think we have a lot of holes to fill... and I am not referring to the guys who graduated last year. Our line should be the best part of our program this year since most of them have had two year varsity experience. However, you still have to do your job because the other teams are not intimidated because you wear a jersey that says Ooltewah. Our crowd size has dropped tremendously with a program that has taken a huge hit. However, we have a large upside as the coaching is BETTER than before and the attitude is BETTER than in the past several years. Get it together, buckle up and lets play ball. Go Owls!!!
  9. They are in the right classification per their enrollment. People forget after seeing the size of the school that the school houses 6th -12th grades. They will not be at a full high school enrollment for at least another two years. This years senior class is small and the junior class is not a whole lot bigger. I'm an Ooltewah fan myself and can't wait till they do go up so we can play them.
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    Rhea County vs. Ooltewah

    Not sure about the best QB but I do think he is one of the top "Running Backs" in the area. Should be an interesting game to watch with all the hype Rhea County is getting on this board. Good luck to both teams and let's hope we can both stay injury free. Go Owls!
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    Ooltewah vs Maplewood

    Regardless of how the Owls perform, the Maplewood announcer is worth the trip. I wonder if the Brown's are still handling the chain duties?
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    No Freshman Football at Heritage High School?

    The thing that can hurt a school the most is what happened at Ooltewah. The beloved coach canceled the JV season after only one game and all but three players did not return the following year. Now those guys are seniors and Ooltewah is hurting because of it. It is a shame because they were an awesome freshman team that beat Farragot for the Southeast Freshmen Championship 30 to 0. Three out of forty-five is all that remains out of that group and now we are struggling.
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    Band a sport? Of course.

    BAND IS NOT A SPORT. Band members are not athletes. Playing instuments and marching is an ART form. Why would you want to take away years of dedication by young musical artists and call it a sport?
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    What is Happening to Marching Bands?

    I would like to make a commen on how there seems to be less playing of music and more holding out notes. The ball game I attended last Friday night featured the home band playing what sounded like a group holding notes as long as they could to about six different notes while moving randomly around the field. Nothing about their performance was entertaining or enjoyable for the people who did not have a kid in the band, and I question how much enjoyment they were actually having. I can remember back about 20 years ago when bands played music. You were impressed with how well they sounded together as a unit and could be blown away by certain individuals being pulled out to perform solos. Without calling names, my home town band has gone over the edge and has finally reached the point of irrelevance. I feel sorry for the kids because I know it is caused by their longtime band director who feels it is more important to hear his own voice on a tag around PA system then to hear the members of his band. In addition, I feel this band has lost its connection with the football atmosphere as they have been known to show up during the middle of the second quarter at away games, including one that was only about fifteen miles down the road. If I am not mistaken, I would say MOST of the band members DO enjoy playing and supporting their team as well as enjoy watching them play. In addition, as a former player of a state championship football team, I enjoyed and was motivated by our band firing up the crowd. Now it just seems like some bands are fighting for attention and not there to support and BE AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE GAME. At one game last year, during the third quarter, I saw the band director had the band behind the stadium going through their few songs and the color guard was having their own workout. It was very distracting to those of us who bought tickets and wanted to watch the game. Again, I know that this comes from over zealous or even jealous band directors and not the students. Not sure how this can be corrected, but I really wish bands would at least work on perfecting their music more than their movement.
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    Ooltewah to 5A?

    I don't think Ooltewah will lose any more. In fact, they will start to grow again as East Hamilton gets rezoned sending more students back to Ooltewah. Several of the negatives about Ooltewah have gone and now the remaining student body is happy about the current changes. The new principal has brought a bright spot back to a school that was in much need of new blood. With a new football coach that cares about ALL players will keep the athletes in the school. Their basketball and baseball program look to be on the rise with quality coaching in both of those sports. I have talked with several parents and the buzz is something I have not seen at that school in a long time. Word is spreading and they will soon be back to overcrowding. If I am not mistaking... that school was only built to hold around 1,200 students and they are still over that total by a couple of hundred students. As far as East Hamilton, there are so many new subdivisions popping up in that area that they are doomed to be overcrowded. I think Hamilton County needs to review the policies in many Florida counties where they make developers pay a certain amount of money to the local schools with every property they develop. They were having similar problems and this slow down the development and took care of the added burden to the schools. As far as shutting down Lookout Valley and rerouting them to Howard... don't think but a handful of students would change. Most would just find a way to attend South Pittsburg or start attending a private school. I think developers should be given an incentive to develop in that direction to help replenish an area that has less upcoming students.
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    I got there late but it did not matter. The scrimmage was delayed due to the storm that blew through the area. The final score was 2 to 1 Bradley on top. Neither team looked to be very strong this year. EH threw about 10 passes and they were all ran to the wrong side of the QB. He had to throw across his body every time. Don't understand the play calling. Also, it looked like the kid was told who to throw it to as the open receiver never saw the ball because the QB would throw into double coverage. EH's running game looked decent at times. Their offensive line looked really good. On defense, they missed too many easy tackles. On one play they missed about four tackles on the sideline before the Bradley guy turned and ran back across the field and then taking it the distance. However, it was called back due to a block in the back. EH still seems young and they lack the big play guy on both sides of the ball. Bradley had some size but seemed to be lacking speed. Only one or two quick guys. Their QB was not in the same league as Cleveland's I was told. If you did get pressure on him, he struggled. Both sides seemed to have a lot of fan support based on the szie of the crowd. Overall, it was short due to the weather and a scuffle that ended the scrimmage. Not sure what started the scuffle but I saw a bunch of Bradley guys throwing around one EH guy. DID NOT LIKE SEEING THEIR LACK OF CLASS. EH cleared the bench but the coaches reigned them in quickly. Good job coaches. I hear Tyner is going to be good this year. Not sure how our Owls are gong to be based on this board. Sounds like Benny did not leave us with much and that may be why he made a late departure. Take it easy on us, look forward to playing you all again, I know yall want revenge for last year.
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    First of all I am a long time Owl fan. I know several EH dads from when their kids played for Ootlewah as well as a couple of dads from the Blue Raiders that I use to work with and that is where I am getting this information. All have told me the same thing. FIrst, the score was 7 to 2 but Cleveland could have score more with ease against a EH defense that lacked a big play maker, as well as missed assignments by the secondary. They also all said the same thing about the Cleveland's QB being the real deal and hitting all his passing attempts as well as receivers who could break free and make the catches. The strong point for the Hurricanes is their offensive line and their ability to make big holes for the running backs. Apparently they are still having troubles with one kid turning the ball over but said his replacement look sharp. Just got off the phone with one dad who said the Hurricanes will be playing Bradley County tonight. I may just have to go and see this for myself so I don't have to be misled by bashers and haters on this message board. I hate to say it but some of my fellow Owl brethren are the worst. Good luck Hurricanes this season and GO OWLS!!!
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    Ooltewah Football

    I think Goose would have been the better choice last year when our line was young and we needed to get outside the pocket to pass. This year the line will be much improved, hopefully, and I would rather have the freshman kid from Hunter at the healm if he can adjust to varsity ball. Goose would be a good wildcat/pass the ball to out of the backfield type player. It is too easy to key on a QB, and that is why I would like to see them open the playbook up for Goose and Freeman.
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    Still upset that East Hamilton charges $3 to park

    I am a retired Owls fan and I have paid everywhere we have played in the post season. I have no problem helping out a school. If you all don't want to pay then don't come to Ooltewah, they charge like everyone else in Hamilton and Bradley Counties. As far as that goes, everywhere we have traveled outside the counties as well over the past ten years. By the way, I do not even have a child or grandchild in the Tennesse public school system. I am just a fan of my community. Go Owls!
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    Ooltewah Football

    Well, I would like to remind you that next years senior Ooltewah class was the team that walked all over the Admirals during the freshmen championship game by a score of 30-0. However, on a sad note... of the 45 talented players, only 3 players still play due to Monroeball. I am not bashing Monroe's coaching ability.. just his player management. Numbers don't lie. But back on a positive note... the following years freshman also beat the Admirals and there are still more of them around.
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    Marion Co. @ Boyd Buc

    As an Ooltewah fan for many years I just want congratulate the Bucs on their season. I have heard nothing but good things from people who have watched them play this year. I have heard they were disciplined and that they show alot of heart. These two things go a long ways and hopefully will take them to a State Championship reward. Also, I would like to congratulate Andrew Crowe on not giving up after not getting a valid shot at Ooltewah. I can only think that the Owls would have gone further if Andrew was still wearing the Red and Grey, but then again, the coaches probably would have kept him sidelined. Great job Bucs.. I hope to come support you all this Friday night. Go BUCS!... it will take a little getting use to.
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    Ooltewah 2nd half+ of the season

    With the owls off this Friday night, and high school football fever running ramped, what games are owl fans going to see?
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    I am with you HornedOwl. I have been quite so far this year because I have not seen anything change on offensive. Defense carries the Owls and will probably outscore the offense by the time the season is over. Give the ball to #43 and #44 more and turn them loose. Maybe we should try running the option with #5. Frustrated but still supporting. Go Owls!!!
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    the new East Hamilton HS

    They do not play Polk or McMinn Central according to their website. I think they win four games their first year. Several on their schedule are just plain bad and would have problems beating a good freshman team. I wish them luck but I will be in my regular seat at Ooltewah.
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    Ooltewah Invitational

    No one else heard any trash talking either. I believe that is the same Red Bank kid that was running his mouth under a different name. I guess now that his guys haven't been playing so well he has had to go generic. Anyway, I have a friend who's grandson plays for Cleveland and they said it was a great CLEAN game. Cleveland's pitcher had the Owls off balance all night. I thought that was one of the most impressive pitching outings I have ever seen in high school baseball. I think the Owls will bounce back quickly. Go Owls!