The Marion County-South Pittsburg football rivalry is one of the most heated in Tennessee. Separated by just eight miles, both high schools entered this year’s rivalry game among the top three powerhouses in the state.
So when vandals caused “several thousand dollars” worth of damage to the Marion County High School football field house before the big game — derogatory names spray-painted, trash strewn on the field — students and officials took one look at the South Pittsburg “P” and knew where to look.
Get ready for the M. Night Shyamalan Presents: Fast Times at Ridgemont High plot twist: “Marion County teacher and assistant football coach Michael Schmitt was arrested and booked into the Marion County jail on charges of vandalism of $1,000-$10,000,” according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press.
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It’s unclear exactly how police figured out that Schmitt was the alleged culprit, but they did gather enough evidence to arrest and charge him.
The coach’s apparent attempt to psych up his team failed: The South Pittsburg Pirates defeated Schmitt’s Marion County 35-17.
Both teams are still alive in the Class 2A playoffs, the Free Press reports.