Opening Drive (Dec. 2): Final stop: Cookeville

Nine games, 18 teams, three days. That’s the menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner at Tennessee Tech this week as the BlueCross Bowl state championship games play out at Tucker Stadium.

With local teams in seven of the nine title games (Class 1A and 2A the only exceptions), the midstate is represented well in the schedule.

One squad (Pearl-Cohn) seeks a perfect season, while two others (Springfield and Ravenwood) hope to spoil the perfect seasons of their respective opponents.

Summit’s searching for its first state title, while Montgomery Bell Academy looks to add number eight (in the playoff era) to its trophy case.

And two more – Davidson Academy and Christ Presbyterian Academy – want to become back-to-back champions.

Plenty to discuss on this week’s 615Preps Podcast, and plenty of coverage coming from Cookeville as well. Enjoy this week.

Catch up on all the news from the Division I semifinals:

Gallery: Springfield 17, Haywood 14 (OT) | Midstate Preps Plus

Crunching numbers: BlueCross Bowl edition | Midstate Preps Plus

Gallery: Best of the playoffs | Midstate Preps Plus

The Saturday (Seven) – Division I semifinals | Midstate Preps Plus

Revamped offense with Wade twins keys Summit’s best season, first trip to 5A state title game | Tennessean

Pearl-Cohn takes undefeated record, chance at history into TSSAA Class 3A championship game | Tennessean

Loaded with prospects, Ravenwood rolls into Class 6A title game with win over Houston | Tennessean

Statebound: Springfield beats Haywood 17-14 in overtime to reach Class 4A championship game | Tennessean

5 takeaways: Springfield’s surprise run reaches Class 4A state football championship game | Tennessean

TSSAA football playoffs: Tennessee high school semifinal scoreboard | Tennessean

TSSAA football playoffs: Nashville area high school state semifinals roundup| Tennessean

TSSAA football playoffs: Tennessee high school football state championship pairings, schedule | Tennessean

Mistakes, stalled drive hurt defending champ Oakland in 6A semifinal loss to Maryville | Daily News Journal

Championship Football: Ravenwood, Summit, CPA represent WillCo in state finals | Williamson Herald

Playoff Football: Nolensville’s postseason run ends on the road in semifinals | Williamson Herald

Playoff Football: Gritty performance propels Summit into first championship game | Williamson Herald

Playoff Football: Ravenwood stops Houston, earns state title game berth | Williamson Herald


Spartans flex muscle in semifinals | Columbia Daily Herald

Defense never rests | Columbia Daily Herald

GAME OF THE WEEK: Ravenwood makes it back to state title game with semifinals win over Houston | Williamson Home Page

Summit football earns first state championship berth in semis win over Dyer Co. | Williamson Home Page

Nolensville football ends year in semifinals loss to Elizabethton | Williamson Home Page

Former Bear commits to Oklahoma | Lebanon Democrat

COOKEVILLE BOUND: Diaz sends Springfield to state title with game-winning FG | Robertson County Connection

Maryville shuts out Oakland 12-0 in semifinals clash | Murfreesboro Post

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