South Pitt Fans: Get Those Thumbs Loosened Up To Text "Spirit"

State Football Championships Gear Up On And Off The Field

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - by Special to Chattanoogan.com

Sixteen of Tennessee’s high school football teams will compete in the state championship division finals this week at the BlueCross Bowl held at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville, Tenn., but fans of each school will compete to determine which school has the most spirit.

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee is hosting a Fan Face-Off contest, which pits on-field championship game opponents in a texting battle. The school with the most text “votes” at the end of each game wins its Fan Face-Off and a $1,000 donation from BlueCross.

“Fan Face-off at BlueCross Bowl is a great way for faculty, students, parents and an entire community to show support for their championship team, all while participating in a little friendly competition,” said Kathryn Trimble, corporate sponsorship project manager for BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee. “Most importantly, the contest provides an opportunity for us to give back to the communities that are so important to the success of the BlueCross Bowl.”

The BlueCross Bowl will host eight division championship games over three days:

Thursday, Dec. 5

Division II A, Webb School of Knoxville vs. St. George’s Independent, 3 p.m. CST

Division II AA, Memphis University School vs. The Ensworth School, 7 p.m. CST

Friday, Dec. 6

Division 1, Class 1A, South Pittsburg vs. Union City, 11 a.m. CST

Division 1, Class 3A, Alcoa vs. Christ Presbyterian Academy, 3 p.m. CST

Division 1, Class 5A, Knoxville West vs. Henry County, 7 p.m. CST

Saturday, Dec. 7

Division 1, Class 2A, Trousdale County vs. Adamsville, 11 a.m. CST

Division 1, Class 4A, Fulton vs. Giles County, 3 p.m. CST

Division 1, Class 6A, Maryville vs. Hendersonville, 7 p.m. CST

The texting contest opened at noon (CST) on Monday, Dec. 2, for all matchups, and fans can vote for their favorite school until the end of that school’s championship game. When the final game whistle blows, the contest ends and votes are tallied. 

To participate, fans text their school’s assigned keyword to 37048. Only one text/vote will be counted per mobile number, and normal messaging and data charges may apply.

SCHOOL                                                   KEYWORD

Webb School of Knoxville                            BOWL 1

St. George’s Independent School                 BOWL 2

The Ensworth School                                  BOWL 3

Memphis University School                          BOWL 4

South Pittsburg                                          BOWL 5

Union City                                                  BOWL 6

Alcoa                                                        BOWL 7

Christ Presbyterian Academy                      BOWL 8

Henry County                                            BOWL 9

Knoxville West                                           BOWL 10

Adamsville                                                 BOWL 11

Trousdale                                                  BOWL 12

Fulton                                                       BOWL 13

Giles County                                             BOWL 14

Hendersonville                                           BOWL 15

Maryville                                                   BOWL 16

Fans can get real-time updates during the game by visiting www.facebook.com/BCBSTChampions. A complete set of contest rules is available on the BCBST Champions Facebook page. Contest winners will be announced during the awards ceremony at the conclusion of each of the Division I and II championship games.

“Texting has become a universal tool for communication, from students to parents and even grandparents. This contest is perfect for Tennessee high school football fans of all ages to show their support for their championship teams,” said Trimble.

The winning school may use the prize money for any projects or needs that benefit the school or school-sponsored programs or activities.

(E-mail Larry Fleming at larryfleming44@gmail.com)


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