South Pittsburg and Meigs County are undoubtedly two of the top programs in the Chattanooga area and State of Tennessee. So, it should come as bit of a surprise these two teams haven't played in 37 years with the Pirates being the top ranked team in 1A and Tigers #2 in 2A.

South Pittsburg set the tone early with great defense and two scores from Hunter Frame and Ronto Tipton to go up 13-0. Meigs County would gain life after a fumble recovery that led to an Aaron Swafford touchdown. The Tigers would convert the 2-pt conversion to make it a 13-8 ballgame.

Meigs County received the second half kick and drove right down the field inside the Pirates ten yard line. South Pittsburg would force a turnover on downs but give the ball right back to the Tigers shortly after.

Meigs County was on the doorstep again when Javien Beene picked off a Swafford pass in a huge momentum swing for the Pirates.

On the first play of the fourth quarter Brayden Sanders would find Tipton for a 50-yd touchdown to give South Pittsburg a 21-8 lead.

Swafford would lead the Tigers right back down the field, score his second touchdown of the night, and convert another 2-pt conversion to make it 21-16.

With time running out South Pittsburg would put the nail in the coffin with a De'Andre Kelly touchdown with less than five minutes to go and come away with a huge 27-16 win.

It's Meigs County's first regular season loss since 2016. The Tigers travel to Oneida in region play next Friday.

South Pittsburg welcomes defending 1A state champion Whitwell in a rematch of their two overtime classic in the state quarterfinals a year ago.