Food City Flashback: Tony Patterson plays in first Mountain Classic game, coaches Knox Central to first title

Published: Dec. 9, 2019 at 11:24 PM EST
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In 1988 the first-ever Mountain Classic championship game tipped off on January 30th.

How ironic that the two playing in the first one would play for many more titles throughout the years, including a rematch in 2018 between the Clay County Tigers, picking up their 10th title ending Knox Central's quest for a repeat.

There are endless ties between the first championship game and the start of this year's tournament but the most impressive, a familiar face.

Coming off the bench for the panthers was No. 5, Tony Patterson.

Patterson has led the Panthers since 2015, earning the school's first Mountain Classic title in 2017, the school's first regional title in over 40 years and a runner up in the 2A championship last season.

Not only will Patterson walk the sidelines again this year during the classic, but see his son Zach Patterson play in one final tournament this year as a senior.