High school football tailgates are popping up in some schools.

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(WBIR-West Knoxville) The time-honored football tradition of tailgating is getting more attention on the smaller scale.

"I think things are trending that way. I know some of the schools in Nashville do that as well. And hopefully it'll grow to the high school level," Janet Harrigan said in front of the CAK-Catholic game Friday night.

Her tailgate for neighboring Saint John Neumann was one of the near dozen tents at the game this week.

"We tailgate every game; last time we had 250 people at our tailgate," said Catholic High School senior Owen Hughes. "I've heard Bearden and Farragut do something kind of like this, but you can't compete with this student section back here; other high schools can't compete."

The tents are the same as if you were going to Rocky Top for a UT game, keeping the traditions on the high school level.

"It's a time for us to get together and get to know each other better," Harrigan added.