Opening Drive (Aug. 12): Dog days of summer

The heat can be unrelenting in this part of the year, and for teams preparing for Week 1, that heat applies to more than just the actual temperature. Catch up on news from around the area from this past weekend:

615Preps Podcast Episode 2: Class 6A/Division II-AA previews | Midstate Preps Plus

Our second preseason episode highlights Class 6A and Division II-AA, as well as who are some candidates to repeat as state champions and what games stand out in the Week 1 schedule.

Meet the top 25 college football prospects in Tennessee for the Class of 2020 | Tennessean

As recruiting talk heats up, these are the names that will pop up often in those discussions.

5 things we learned from 2 scrimmages this week | The Leaf Chronicle (subscription content)

Teams in Clarksville have their eyes on Week 1, and the preseason is taking on increased importance for some of them.

Video: Kenwood, Rossview face off in scrimmage Friday | The Leaf Chronicle (subscription content)

One of those scrimmages gave the Knights and Hawks some needed reps.

Browne ushers in new era at Stewarts Creek | Daily News Journal

A new head coach has the Red Hawks looking to get back into the playoff picture in Region 5-6A.

Jo Byrns continues to develop depth in preseason loss to Westmoreland | Robertson County Connection

Westmoreland and Jo Byrns both have some depth that needs to develop during this preseason.

East Nashville shuts out Springfield in scrimmage | Robertson County Connection

Needing to replace its starting QB, the Yellow Jackets took some lumps in their second scrimmage. Meanwhile, East Nashville is counting on experience to try and get past the second round this season.

Gallatin getting better as preseason moves forward | Gallatin News

The Green Wave brought in CPA for a scrimmage last week in hopes of improving on the details.

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