Cleveland High School Football History
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FOUR STATE CHAMPIONSHIP banners hang from the press box at Benny Monroe Stadium. The 1968 Blue Raiders were voted as the United Press International state champs, while from 1993-95 Cleveland High claimed three TSSAA Class 4A state titles. Banner photo, JOE CANNON
FOUR STATE CHAMPIONSHIP banners hang from the press box at Benny Monroe Stadium. The 1968 Blue Raiders were voted as the United Press International state champs, while from 1993-95 Cleveland High claimed three TSSAA Class 4A state titles. Banner photo, JOE CANNON
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CLEVELAND HIGH football has always had strong support, from not only the school’s student body, but parents, faculty and the community as well. Banner file photo, JOE CANNON
CLEVELAND HIGH football has always had strong support, from not only the school’s student body, but parents, faculty and the community as well. Banner file photo, JOE CANNON
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FORMER CLEVELAND HIGH head coach Benny Monroe in his first year (1979) with Blue Raiders Melvin Thompson (42) and Knox Horner (1).
FORMER CLEVELAND HIGH head coach Benny Monroe in his first year (1979) with Blue Raiders Melvin Thompson (42) and Knox Horner (1).
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Cleveland High Football

Regular Season Record 357-117-3

Postseason Record 40-29-0

Overall Record 397-146-3

Overall Winning Percentage 72.7%

Head Coaches

Bobby Scott (1965-76)

Regular Season Record 87-28-3

Postseason Record 5-3-0

Overall Record 92-31-3

Overall Winning Percentage 67.6%

Ronnie Weir (1977-78)

Regular Season Record 9-11-0

Postseason Record 0-0-0

Overall Record 9-11-0

Overall Winning Percentage 45.0%

Benny Monroe (1979-1996)

Regular Season Record 151-21-0

Postseason Record 28-12-0

Overall Record 178-33-0

Overall Winning Percentage 84.4%

Leon Brown (1997-2004)

Regular Season Record 57-21-0

Postseason Record 4-8-0

Overall Record 61-29-0

Overall Winning Percentage 67.8%

Danny Wilson (2005-08)

Regular Season Record 28-12-0

Postseason Record 0-3-0

Overall Record 28-15-0

Overall Winning Percentage 65.1%

EK Slaughter (2009-11)

Regular Season Record 14-16-0

Postseason Record 0-2-0

Overall Record 14-18-0

Overall Winning Percentage 40.0%

Ron Crawford (2012-present)

Regular Season Record 12-8-0

Postseason Record 3-1-0

Overall Record 15-9-0

Overall Winning Percentage 62.5%



1965 (8-3)

Coach Bobby Scott

Team CHS Opponent

Wheeler (Ga.) 21 0

McMinn County 27 6

Sequatchie County 20 13

Etowah 12 16

Townsend 35 0

Polk County 27 7

East Fannin (Ga.) 35 12

Bradley Central 14 19

TSD 40 6

Westside 35 7

Red Bank 7 21+

Season Ave. 24.8 9.7

+Thoroughbred Bowl (at Bradley Central)

1966 (8-2-1)

Coach Bobby Scott

Team CHS Opponent

McMinn County 0 7

Sequatchie County 13 6

McMinn Central 21 14

Rossville (Ga.) 14 20

Polk County 47 6

Bradley Central 27 6

Red Bank 39 7

Sweetwater 35 13

Loudon 19 0

Knox. Young 0 0

Kirkman 40 0+

Season Ave. 23.2 7.2

+Strawberry Bowl (at Dayton)

1967 (10-0-1)

Coach Bobby Scott

Team CHS Opponent

McMinn Central 33 12

Everett 6 6

McMinn County 17 14

Rossville (Ga.) 27 6

North Whitfield (Ga.) 54 6

Bradley Central 32 20

B.T. Washington 66 7

Sweetwater 58 7

Loudon 14 0

Knox. Young 27 6

Lebanon 20 14+

Season Ave. 32.2 8.9

+ Mid State Bowl (at Lebanon)

1968 (10-0-0)

UPI State Champions

Coach Bobby Scott

Team CHS Opponent

McMinn Central 40 0

Everett 19 6

McMinn County 33 14

Oak Ridge 28 21

Alcoa 13 6

Bradley Central 28 6

Clarksville 20 13

Sweetwater 47 6

Riverside 14 0

Two Rivers 27 13+

Season Ave. 26.9 8.5

**voted UPI State Champions and Ranked 19th in the nation

+ Apple Bowl (at Nashville)

1969 (8-2-0)

Coach Bobby Scott

Team CHS Opponent

Cookeville 26 8

Jefferson 33 7

Rhea Central 42 6

Alcoa 27 7

Loudon 0 20

Bradley Central 14 7

Clarksville 6 21

McMinn County 6 0

Riverside 44 0

Oak Ridge 14 6

Season Ave. 21.2 8.2

1970 (10-2)

Coach Bobby Scott

Team CHS Opponent

Tuscola (N.C.) 14 6

Jefferson 31 0

Rhea Central 32 0

McMinn Central 39 0

Kingston 6 7

Loudon 34 13

Alcoa 14 13

McMinn County 13 0

Murphy (NC) 28 6

Bradley Central 33 14

Lexington 21 0 *

Maryville 14 42*

Season Ave. 23.3 8.4

*TSSAA playoff game

1971 (6-2-1)

Coach Bobby Scott

Team CHS Opponent

Tullahoma 25 6

Rhea Central 39 14

McMinn Central 35 0

Kingston 7 24

Loudon 20 21

Alcoa 13 13

Murphy (N.C.) 41 8

Riverside 54 22

Bradley Central 21 0

Season Ave. 28.3 12.0

1972 (5-5)

Coach Bobby Scott

Team CHS Opponent

Murphy (N.C.) 28 12

Ringgold (Ga.) 12 0

Rhea Central 6 37

McMinn Central 21 17

Lenoir City 6 7

Loudon 35 7

Morristown West 12 33

Jefferson 0 7

Riverside 22 0

Bradley Central 0 21

Season Ave. 14.2 14.1

1973 (6-4)

Coach Bobby Scott

Team CHS Opponent

Ringgold (Ga.) 18 7

Riverside 27 0

Soddy Daisy 21 28

McMinn Central 22 9

Lenoir City 22 14

Notre Dame 0 13

Loudon 12 7

Morristown West 0 9

Jefferson 23 24

Bradley Central 19 16

Season Ave. 16.2 12.7

1974 (5-5)

Coach Bobby Scott

Team CHS Opponent

Ringgold (Ga.) 14 20

Riverside 21 0

Soddy Daisy 14 21

McMinn Central 7 21

Lenoir City 19 6

Notre Dame 30 6

Loudon 7 24

Murray County (Ga.) 17 7

Bradley Central 13 14

Rhea County 7 0

Season Ave. 14.9 11.9

1975 (7-3)

Coach Bobby Scott

Team CHS Opponent

Ringgold (Ga.) 13 6

Riverside 41 0

Notre Dame 7 21

McMinn Central 24 20

Lenoir City 34 6

Rhea County 26 8

Bradley Central 21 23

Murray County (Ga.) 13 19

Murphy (N.C.) 41 12

Ooltewah 40 18

Season Ave. 25.6 14.0

1976 (9-3)

Coach Bobby Scott

Team CHS Opponent

Red Bank 7 6

Ringgold (Ga.) 21 15

Riverside 20 12

Notre Dame 21 7

Murphy (N.C.) 32 0

Red Bank 7 22

Rhea County 20 8

Bradley Central 13 21

Alcoa 28 27

Ooltewah 20 0

Lake City 21 14*

Maryville 14 17*

Season Ave. 18.7 12.4

* TSSAA playoff game

1977 (5-5)

Coach Ronnie Weir

Team CHS Opponent

Brainerd 6 13

Ringgold (Ga.) 8 14

Soddy Daisy 13 20

Red Bank 7 8

Knox. Central 21 14

McMinn County 29 20

East Ridge 31 7

Rhea County 35 16

Chattanooga Central 59 7

Bradley Central 23 35

Season Ave. 23.2 15.4

1978 (4-6)

Coach Ronnie Weir

Team CHS Opponent

Brainerd 8 41

Ringgold (Ga.) 7 2

Soddy Daisy 34 20

Red Bank 0 20

Knox. Central 7 27

McMinn County 6 23

East Ridge 27 15

Rhea County 12 34

Chattanooga Central 21 13

Bradley Central 0 43

Season Ave. 12.2 23.8

1979 (9-3)

Coach Benny Monroe

Team CHS Opponent

McMinn Central 14 20

Red Bank 10 9

Chattanooga Central 21 0

Soddy Daisy 28 14

McMinn County 33 0

East Ridge 27 8

Rhea County 14 13

Cumberland County 6 16

Ringgold (Ga.) 26 14

Bradley Central 7 0

Tyner Academy 13 6*

Tullahoma 13 17*

Season Ave. 17.7 9.8

* TSSAA playoff game

1980 (8-3)

Coach Benny Monroe

Team CHS Opponent

McMinn Central 27 3

Red Bank 6 7

Chattanooga Central 28 0

Soddy Daisy 34 8

McMinn County 21 7

East Ridge 7 12

Rhea County 14 12

Cumberland County 13 7

Volunteer 21 0

Bradley Central 0 27

Giles County 14 7+

Season Ave. 16.8 8.2

+ Butter Bowl (at Pulaski)

1981 (7-3)

Coach Benny Monroe

Team CHS Opponent

Red Bank 14 7

Harriman 28 0

McMinn Central 17 0

Lenoir City 33 0

Rhea County 6 9

Rockwood 21 0

McMinn County 42 0

Kingston 20 9

Tyner Academy 9 14

Loudon 14 17

Season Ave. 20.4 6.6

1982 (11-3)

Coach Benny Monroe

Team CHS Opponent

Red Bank 12 13

Harriman 33 0

McMinn Central 42 7

Lenoir City 26 7

Rhea County 7 14

Rockwood 34 0

McMinn County 28 0

Kingston 14 12

Tyner Academy 23 12

Loudon 14 12

McCallie 10 0*

Beech 17 12*

Maryville 26 6*

Brentwood Academy 0 7*

Season Ave. 20.4 7.3

* TSSAA playoff game

1983 (9-1)

Coach Benny Monroe

Team CHS Opponent

Chattanooga City 21 0

McMinn County 27 12

Kirkman 44 14

East Ridge 21 13

White County 27 24

Rhea County 30 0

Red Bank 28 12

Cumberland County 45 7

Bradley Central 25 13

McCallie 14 21*

Season Ave. 28.2 11.6

* TSSAA playoff game

1984 (8-1)

Coach Benny Monroe

Team CHS Opponent

Chattanooga City 25 0

McMinn County 33 0

Kirkman 43 6

East Ridge 33 6

White County 62 13

Rhea County 22 0

Red Bank 3 7

Cumberland County 41 3

Bradley Central 29 22

Season Ave. 32.3 6.3

1985 (11-2)

Coach Benny Monroe

Team CHS Opponent

Riverdale 15 14

East Ridge 27 3

Rhea County 17 21

McMinn County 34 14

Ooltewah 56 14

Soddy Daisy 34 6

Red Bank 28 20

Cumberland County 31 26

Whites Creek 12 0

Bradley Central 36 8

McCallie 21 16*

Franklin County 21 14*

Jefferson County 7 9*

Season Ave. 26.1 12.7

* TSSAA playoff game

1986 (7-4)

Coach Benny Monroe

Team CHS Opponent

Riverdale 16 6

East Ridge 41 7

Rhea County 3 30

McMinn County 6 0

Ooltewah 26 3

Soddy Daisy 30 7

Red Bank 10 7

Cumberland County 34 14

Whites Creek 0 7

Bradley Central 7 17

McCallie 12 14*

Season Ave. 16.8 10.2

* TSSAA playoff game

1987 (9-2)

Coach Benny Monroe

Team CHS Opponent

Tyner Academy 18 14

Rhea County 16 13

Baylor 21 7

McMinn County 6 3

Oak Ridge 21 20

Soddy Daisy 13 0

Cumberland County 7 12

Ooltewah 46 0

Bradley Central 16 0

Brainerd 15 14*

Tullahoma 14 26*

Season Ave. 17.5 9.9

* TSSAA playoff game

1988 (8-4)

Coach Benny Monroe

Team CHS Opponent

Tyner Academy 14 7

Rhea County 7 24

Baylor 25 7

McMinn County 20 13

Oak Ridge 13 14

Soddy Daisy 42 0

Cumberland County 47 7

LaVergne 63 8

Ooltewah 56 6

Bradley Central 17 31

Red Bank 10 7*

Lincoln County 10 21*

Season Ave. 26.4 12.1

* TSSAA playoff game

1989 (10-1)

Coach Benny Monroe

Team CHS Opponent

Columbia Central 17 12

Rhea County 29 8

Baylor 28 0

McMinn County 15 6

Cherokee 17 14

Soddy Daisy 47 12

Cumberland County 55 0

Ooltewah 40 0

Bradley Central 47 10

Tyner Academy 37 14

Oakland 28 29*

Season Ave. 32.7 9.9

* TSSAA playoff game

1990 (9-2)

Coach Benny Monroe

Team CHS Opponent

Columbia Central 41 14

Rhea County 10 14

Baylor 14 0

McMinn County 27 12

Cherokee 47 27

Soddy Daisy 47 0

Cumberland County 42 10

Ooltewah 56 26

Bradley Central 47 6

Red Bank 18 16*

Lincoln County 14 19*

Season Ave. 33.0 13.1

* TSSAA playoff game

1991 (8-2)

Coach Benny Monroe

Team CHS Opponent

Baylor 47 7

Soddy Daisy 47 8

MBA 10 13

Rhea County 20 6

Brainerd 43 0

Bradley Central 75 8

Ooltewah 51 10

Austin-East 28 21

McMinn County 34 14

Red Bank 7 10*

Season Ave. 36.2 9.7

* TSSAA playoff game

1992 (10-1)

Coach Benny Monroe

Team CHS Opponent

Baylor 21 17

Soddy Daisy 45 0

MBA 30 7

Rhea County 28 0

Brainerd 56 14

Bradley Central 26 0

Ooltewah 48 14

Austin-East 61 0

McMinn County 38 16

Red Bank 34 0*

Riverdale 14 26*

Season Ave. 33.0 13.1

* TSSAA playoff game

1993 (14-0)

TSSAA State Champions

Coach Benny Monroe

Team CHS Opponent

Hixson 70 0

Anderson County 42 0

McMinn County 27 3

Knox. Halls 36 3

Dickson County 38 0

Maryville 70 28

Bearden 42 3

Karns 62 0

Clinton 56 22

Powell 42 3

Carter 49 15*

Shelbyville 42 7*

Sullivan South 21 0*

Brentwood Academy 26 21**

Season Ave. 44.5 7.5

* TSSAA playoff game

** TSSAA state championship game

1994 (15-0)

TSSAA State Champions

Coach Benny Monroe

Team CHS Opponent

Hixson 55 0

Anderson County 33 28

McMinn County 21 7

Knox. Halls 31 13

Dickson County 21 18

Maryville 42 6

Bearden 21 0

Karns 69 6

Clinton 18 15

Powell 35 10

Tullahoma 42 7*

Elizabethton 49 21*

Anderson County 41 8*

Cherokee 38 6*

Haywood 7 6**

Season Ave. 34.9 10.1

* TSSAA playoff game

** TSSAA state championship game

1995 (14-0)

TSSAA State Champions

Coach Benny Monroe

Team CHS Opponent

East Ridge 34 7

McMinn County 23 13

Baylor 14 10

Westwood 20 14

Hixson 49 0

Brainerd 21 6

McCallie 24 7

Howard 34 6

Chattanooga Central 62 0

LaVergne 28 7*

Tennessee 33 12*

Shelbyville 44 20*

Smyrna 26 22*

Haywood 14 3**

Season Ave. 30.4 9.1

* TSSAA playoff game

** TSSAA state championship game

1996 (11-1)

Coach Benny Monroe

Team CHS Opponent

East Ridge 54 0

McMinn County 28 7

Baylor 41 40

Westwood 27 0

Hixson 51 0

Brainerd 53 0

McCallie 48 7

Howard 7 6

Chattanooga Central 20 0

Smyrna 41 14*

Greeneville 28 14*

Anderson County 7 31*

Season Ave. 33.8 9.9

* TSSAA playoff game

1997 (7-4)

Coach Leon Brown

Team CHS Opponent

Soddy Daisy 0 34

Hixson 42 6

McMinn County 24 27

White County 52 6

Brainerd 42 6

Rhea County 40 12

Red Bank 0 14

Howard 62 20

East Ridge 44 21

Anderson County 27 24*

Rhea County 14 19*

Season Ave. 31.5 17.2

* TSSAA playoff game

1998 (6-4)

Coach Leon Brown

Team CHS Opponent

Soddy Daisy 0 24

Hixson 21 26

McMinn County 24 14

White County 24 14

Brainerd 28 22

Rhea County 23 21

Red Bank 14 24

Howard 38 12

East Ridge 29 13

Powell 21 31*

Season Ave. 22.2 20.1

* TSSAA playoff game

1999 (9-3)

Coach Leon Brown

Team CHS Opponent

Ooltewah 32 12

East Ridge 42 0

McMinn County 7 14

White County 42 21

Howard 62 0

Rhea County 21 27

Brainerd 40 15

Hixson 27 13

Red Bank 17 0

Chattanooga Central 55 13

Knox. West 48 12*

Maryville 27 36*

Season Ave. 35.0 13.6

* TSSAA playoff game

2000 (8-3)

Coach Leon Brown

Team CHS Opponent

Ooltewah 28 14

East Ridge 20 14

McMinn County 12 28

White County 49 13

Howard 42 6

Rhea County 21 9

Brainerd 20 16

Hixson 35 0

Red Bank 24 45

Chattanooga Central 49 28*

Knox. Halls 16 21*

Season Ave. 28.7 17.6

* TSSAA playoff game

2001 (7-4)

Coach Leon Brown

Team CHS Opponent

Baylor 17 37

Hixson 52 7

McMinn County 43 42

Red Bank 7 23

Bradley Central 61 34

East Ridge 49 21

Chattanooga Central 49 6

Brainerd 34 8

Walker Valley 44 8

Rhea County 7 20

Maryville 14 52*

Season Ave. 34.3 23.5

* TSSAA playoff game

2002 (9-4)

Coach Leon Brown

Team CHS Opponent

Baylor 3 7

Hixson 35 14

McMinn County 14 17

Red Bank 21 14

Bradley Central 10 7

East Ridge 22 26

Chattanooga Central 51 0

Brainerd 62 12

Walker Valley 52 6

Rhea County 35 0

Carter 55 14*

Knox. Central 24 14*

Maryville 14 40*

Season Ave. 30.6 13.2

* TSSAA playoff game

2003 (9-2)

Coach Leon Brown

Team CHS Opponent

Morristown West 10 0

Hixson 31 14

McMinn County 14 19

Red Bank 13 0

Bradley Central 32 6

East Ridge 31 15

Chattanooga Central 15 13

Brainerd 42 24

Walker Valley 52 0

Rhea County 23 16

Knox. West 24 28*

Season Ave. 21.6 12.3

* TSSAA playoff game

2004 (6-5)

Coach Leon Brown

Team CHS Opponent

Morristown West 17 21

Hixson 13 7

McMinn County 14 3

Red Bank 14 17

Bradley Central 35 0

East Ridge 35 21

Chattanooga Central 7 9

Brainerd 23 22

Walker Valley 7 9

Rhea County 17 3

Powell 0 21*

Season Ave. 16.5 12.1

* TSSAA playoff game

2005 (6-4)

Coach Danny Wilson

Team CHS Opponent

Bradley Central 23 0

Brainerd 28 24

McMinn County 49 28

White County 14 42

Cookeville 7 49

Chattanooga Central 41 7

Red Bank 7 27

Hixson 28 7

Rhea County 9 19

Walker Valley 31 6

Season Ave. 23.7 20.9

2006 (8-3)

Coach Danny Wilson

Team CHS Opponent

Bradley Central 42 14

Brainerd 14 13

McMinn County 24 14

White County 28 7

Cookeville 43 13

Chattanooga Central 35 7

Red Bank 0 17

Hixson 29 0

Rhea County 7 28

Walker Valley 17 8

Knox. West 7 35*

Season Ave. 22.4 14.2

* TSSAA playoff game

2007 (7-4)

Coach Danny Wilson

Team CHS Opponent

Bradley Central 40 21

Brainerd 8 26

McMinn County 21 37

White County 56 20

Cookeville 25 20

Chattanooga Central 14 9

Red Bank 22 36

Hixson 35 10

Rhea County 35 34

Walker Valley 21 3

Knox. Halls 22 30*

Season Ave. 27.2 22.4

* TSSAA playoff game

2008 (7-4)

Coach Danny Wilson

Team CHS Opponent

Bradley Central 38 14

Brainerd 44 0

McMinn County 21 0

White County 27 0

Cookeville 27 36

Chattanooga Central 48 7

Red Bank 19 20

Hixson 37 10

Rhea County 41 7

Walker Valley 27 28

Maryville 12 35*

Season Ave. 31.0 14.3

* TSSAA playoff game

2009 (3-8)

Coach EK Slaughter

Team CHS Opponent

McMinn Central 6 20

Bradley Central 26 27

Morristown East 56 42

McMinn County 13 36

Red Bank 6 52

Cookeville 20 31

Walker Valley 23 0

Rhea County 37 29

Ooltewah 7 28

Soddy Daisy 21 42

Columbia Central 27 28*

Season Ave. 22.0 30.5

* TSSAA playoff game

2010 (6-5)

Coach EK Slaughter

Team CHS Opponent

McMinn Central 47 6

Bradley Central 33 15

Morristown East 28 33

McMinn County 29 22

Red Bank 7 31

Cookeville 19 21

Walker Valley 42 0

Rhea County 33 25

Ooltewah 27 21

Soddy Daisy 21 42

Lawrence County 34 41*

Season Ave. 29.1 23.4

* TSSAA playoff game

2011 (5-5)

Coach EK Slaughter

Team CHS Opponent

Alcoa 0 21

Knox. Catholic 21 37

Ooltewah 14 23

Chattanooga Central 12 7

Walker Valley 31 24

Red Bank 41 6

McMinn County 20 35

Soddy Daisy 44 20

Bradley Central 0 18

Rhea County 42 26

Season Ave. 22.5 21.7

2012 (5-5)

Coach Ron Crawford

Team CHS Opponent

Maryville 17 41

Knox. Catholic 26 41

Ooltewah 27 26

Chattanooga Central 35 13

Walker Valley 56 28

Red Bank 41 7

McMinn County 21 26

Soddy Daisy 48 14

Bradley Central 14 16

Rhea County 27 29

Season Ave. 31.2 24.1

2013 (10-4)

Coach Ron Crawford

Team CHS Opponent

McCallie 35 55

Cookeville 36 17

McMinn County 49 7

Wilson Central 33 13

Soddy Daisy 51 14

Knox. West 25 35

East Hamilton 20 21

Bradley Central 21 20

Walker Valley 48 14

Ooltewah 26 21

White County 42 8*

Rhea County 31 7*

East Hamilton 21 14*

Knox. West 14 49*

Season Ave. 32.3 21.1

* TSSAA playoff game