South Pittsburg-Marion Co Football Rivalry Canceled


One of the state’s oldest high school football rivalries has been canceled.
The annual grudge match between South Pittsburg and Marion County will not be played for the foreseeable future.

The South Pittsburg football Facebook page states the Pirates have already found a replacement for the Jasper game. Pirates fans refer to Marion County as Jasper. South Pitt will take on Murphy, North Carolina, instead. New Pirates coach Chris Jones told the Times Free Press that Marion County turned in South Pitt for a recent violation, and he’s worried over possible bad blood if the teams play this fall.

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The two schools did not play in 2020 due to COVID issues.

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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