South Pitt Banking on Defense in State Title Game


South Pittsburg gets the Cookeville stage Friday afternoon against Fayetteville for the 1A state title. The Pirates defense has been tough all year, including the playoffs. South Pitt has allowed only 21 points in four playoff games.

Said head coach Vic Grider:”The bottom line is we’re pretty good on the defensive front. If we can continue to control the line of scrimmage the way we’ve done in the four playoff games, we’re going to continue to give ourselves a chance. Our skill guys offensively get a lot of credit, but the place we’ve kind of hung our hat on all season has been our defense. If they can continue to play the way that they’ve been playing, we are going to have a good chance Friday.”

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Rick Nyman grew up in Anniston, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama. His television career started at WJSU-TV in Anniston where he had the opportunity to cover SEC football with Alabama and Auburn. Anniston is just 20 minutes from the Talladega Speedway, so NASCAR was a big part of his sports coverage. Due to this he was able to interview Davey Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, and several other top-name NASCAR drivers. Rick's next television job was in Savannah, Georgia, where he covered basketball player Kwame Brown (now with the Washington Wizards), who later became the first ever high school player selected as the top pick in the NBA draft. He covered the PGA Tour's annual swing thru Hilton Head and also had the opportunity of covering the Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl appearance in 1999 in Miami. Rick especially enjoys all the atmosphere, tradition and drama of college football. He also likes profiling sports personalities and learning what drives them both on and off the field. If he's not covering sports, he's either watching Seinfield or David Letterman, playing golf, reading, or working out. What he enjoys about Chattanooga is the passion people have for sports. The mountainous region of Chattanooga reminds him of his hometown of Anniston, which also has big, beautiful trees and plenty of hills. You can contact Rick at