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Messenger Sports Briefs for October 14

Messenger Sports Briefs for October 14
Briefly

Henry Co.’s Gaddis
honored by Titans

The Tennessee Titans announced on Monday that Joe Gaddis, head football coach of Henry County High School, has been named the Titans High School Football Coach of the Week for Week 7.
Henry County (7-0) drubbed previously-unbeaten and fourth-ranked Brighton 54-0 in a battle of two of the top teams in 7-4A on Friday. The Patriots are ranked second behind only reigning four-time state champion Maryville.
Using a strong defense and a balanced passing and rushing attack, the Patriots went up 47-0 at halftime vs. Brighton on their way to scoring 48 or more points in their fifth consecutive contest and 54 for the second time in 2008.
“This is a much deserved award for such a great person,” said Henry County High School Principal Lennies McFerren. “The consensus with our parents, administrators and students that they will all tell you about coach Gaddis is, that he cares about our students as individuals first and athletes second and I suppose that is the reason for his successes on the football field.”
Through the Titans Foundation, team owner K.S. “Bud” Adams Jr. will make a $1,000 contribution to the Henry County High School football program in Coach Gaddis’ honor.

SF bonfire/pep rally
set for Thursday night

A community-wide bonfire and pep rally will be held Thursday evening to help South Fulton High School prepar for its homecoming game.
The 6-1 Red Devils, coming off their first loss of the season, will battle Lake County Friday evening at the SF Athletic Field.
The bonfire and pep rally will be held on the school grounds near the football facility.
All South Fulton fans are encouraged to attend, according to an organizer.

Camden skipper Ward
to coach West team

Camden head football coach Kevin Ward, a former Westview assistant, has been selected to skipper the West team in the second annual Tennessee Athletic Coaches Association All-Star Football Classic.
The game is set to be played Dec. 13 at Burke-Tarr Stadium at Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City.
The game will feature approximately 90 of Tennessee’s top high school football seniors divided into East and West teams. Several Division I commitments are expected to play in the game, and it will also give other undecided seniors an opportunity to shine in front of college coaches and a state-wide television audience.
Player nomination forms have been sent to coaches and the teams will be announced in early December.
Philip Shadowens of Middle Tennessee Christian School will be the head coach of the East squad.
For more information about this year’s Toyota East vs. West Tennessee All-Star Classic, contact Russell Mayes at Fulton High School at rmayes@fultonfootball.com.

FCC sides with NFL
in battle vs. Comcast

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission has sided with the National Football League in a long-running programming dispute with Comcast Corp., ruling that Comcast should carry the league’s NFL Network on its popular digital cable package.
In a decision released late Friday, the FCC ruled that Comcast discriminated against the NFL Network by agreeing to carry the channel only on a more expensive sports cable service.
The NFL filed the complaint against Comcast in May.
The FCC ruling now goes before an administrative law judge, who could force Comcast to carry the NFL programming at a certain price.
Comcast has argued that consumers will have to pay more for programming many may not want if the company is forced to include the NFL Network in its regular digital cable package.
In a statement, the company said its “programming decisions are in the best interest of our consumers and consistent with the law,” adding that “forcing these networks onto our cable systems will cost consumers millions of dollars and cause cable prices to rise.”

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