Etowah High School football will be hitting the road to play Lipscomb Academy in Nashville on Oct. 15.
Lipscomb, coached by Super Bowl champion quarterback Trent Dilfer, finished as the runner-up in the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association’s Division II Class AA in 2020. Etowah was a 4A semifinalist, its deepest run since 1999.
“We were excited to be able to work out the game,” Etowah coach Ryan Locke said. “It’ll be a challenge for us. They are the state runner-up in Tennessee. Historically they are always really good. They’ve won a couple of state championships in the past.”
It will be a one-year deal. Etowah played only nine regular season games last season and had an opening.
“We were looking at the possibility of adding a 10th game and this opportunity presented itself,” Locke said. “We are excited to be able to go and compete.”
Dilfer led the Baltimore Ravens to a Super Bowl championship over the New York Giants in 2000. He was also a lead analyst for a variety of ESPN programs. The 14-year NFL veteran played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1994-99), Baltimore Ravens (2000), Seattle Seahawks (2001-04), Cleveland Browns (2005) and San Francisco 49ers (2006-2007).
Etowah’s 2021 football schedule
May 14 – at Lincoln (spring game)
Aug. 20 – at Gadsden City
Aug. 27 – Open
Sept. 3 – at Oneonta*
Sept. 10 – Fultondale*
Sept. 17 – at Ashville*
Sept. 24 – Fort Payne
Oct. 1 – Good Hope*
Oct. 8 – Hanceville* (homecoming)
Oct. 15 – at Lipscomb Academy (Nashville, Tennessee)
Oct. 22 – at Dora*
Oct. 29 – Southside (senior night)
bold denotes home game
* denotes 4A Region 6 game
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