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