Opening Drive (Nov. 25): 12 spots to decide

Now that the Division II championship games are set, this week’s all about the six Division I title matchups.

And although the most anticipated of those is the sixth chapter in the playoff saga known as Oakland vs. Maryville, the others have their own storylines to play out as well.

Trousdale County is looking for redemption after finishing runner-up last season in Class 2A, but they’ll first have to travel to and defeat Meigs County, who’s seeking to avenge their semifinal loss to the Yellow Jackets in Hartsville last season.

Pearl-Cohn is on the cusp of perfection, but the Firebirds must first get revenge for their Class 3A semifinal loss against Covington from two years ago. Pearl-Cohn hosted that game, just like the Firebirds will this Friday.

Nolensville’s first venture into the Class 4A semifinals means a long road trip east to Elizabehton. If the Knights hope to make Cookeville their destination next week, they’ll have to come back from the Tri-Cities area with a win over the unbeaten Cyclones.

Chapter three in the Haywood-Springfield semifinal feud takes the conflict back where it started two years ago, which is good for the Yellow Jackets, as the home team has won both prior meetings.

In 5A, Summit hopes to keep its deepest advance in motion, and although the “revenge tour” doesn’t necessarily apply against Dyer County, the Spartans can still draw from the momentum they built in the first three rounds. Their defense provided the answers and will need to do so again.

Oakland-Maryville VI should be another good addition to the anthology, but this one comes at the expense of a road trip for the Patriots, meaning Black Friday shopping probably needs to wrap by 9 a.m. or earlier.

And then there’s Ravenwood, flying high after getting revenge on Brentwood. Although Houston’s the opponent instead of Whitehaven, the motivation is there all the same for the Raptors.

We’ll talk about all these games and more this week when the 615Preps Podcast drops Wednesday morning on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Stitcher and other various streaming services.

Catch up on what you missed from the weekend:

Crunching numbers for the Division I semifinals | Midstate Preps Plus

The Saturday Six – Round 3 | Midstate Preps Plus

Gallery: Davidson Academy 27, Friendship Christian 10 | Midstate Preps Plus

Gallery: CPA 24, Lipscomb Academy 7 | Midstate Preps Plus

How CPA football went from 0-4 to a trip to the DII-AA state title game | Tennessean

TSSAA high school football playoffs: Third round scoreboard | Tennessean

TSSAA high school football playoffs: Semifinals pairings, schedule | Tennessean

TSSAA football playoffs: Roundup from third round | Tennessean

5 takeaways from the third round of the TSSAA football playoffs | Tennessean

Ravenwood avenges only loss, beats rival Brentwood in quarterfinals | Tennessean

Oakland gets sixth straight semifinal meeting with Maryville after topping Blackman | Daily News Journal

Emotions high, penalties costly for Blackman in quarterfinal loss to Oakland | Daily News Journal

Playoff Football: Garcia, Raptors defense smother Brentwood in ‘Battle of the Woods’ | Williamson Herald

Playoff Football: Summit overcomes rough start to reach semifinals for first time | Williamson Herald

Playoff Football: CPA ground game carries Lions back in DII-AA title game | Williamson Herald

Playoff Football: Nolensville cruises into semifinals for first time | Williamson Herald

Vengeance is the Spartans’ | Columbia Daily Herald

Making history, chasing history | Columbia Daily Herald

Summit football shakes off slow start to top Shelbyville Central for school’s first semifinals appearance | Williamson Home Page

GAME OF THE WEEK: Ravenwood football soars past Brentwood to get back to state semis | Williamson Home Page

Christ Presbyterian Academy football makes second-straight state finals in Lipscomb Academy win | Williamson Home Page

Stingy defense helps Nolensville football advance to state semifinals with win over DeKalb County | Williamson Home Page

Springfield takes thriller over Hardin County, earns rematch with Haywood | Robertson County Connection

Oakland whips Blackman 31-14, Maryville up next | Murfreesboro Post

FRIDAY FINAL — Davidson Academy 27, Friendship Christian 10 | Wilson Post

Watertown comes up short in quarterfinal | Wilson Post

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