Opening Drive (Dec. 5): Go time

When the Division II BlueCross Bowl championship games go off today, two of the three will be rematches of games played earlier this season.

The other one is a revival of a long rivalry that was halted when Division II-AAA split into East and West regions. Although that rivalry was considerably one-sided – MBA had defeated McCallie each of the last 14 meetings and 19 of the last 21 – the two teams still had their share of tough games against each other. The Blue Tornado last took down the Big Red in 2006, so a victory Thursday would be sweet for McCallie for more reasons than one.

Davidson Academy and CPA are looking to extend their title reigns another year, and while Davidson Academy has been on a 10-game winning streak since dropping the first two to begin the year, the Lions have played the long game. CPA’s schedule may have piled on some early losses, but they’re better off for it, and they might be the most battle-tested team playing in Cookeville this week. There’s more than one way to end up with the gold ball, but they all include winning when it counts the most, and the six teams playing today have done just that.

Catch up on news from around the area:

Who Ya Got? BlueCross Bowl staff picks | Midstate Preps Plus

TSSAA football championship: Minus FBS prospects, MBA’s defensive success is ‘playing for each other’ | Tennessean

TSSAA football championship: Why USJ will have different look in rematch vs Davidson Academy | Tennessean

Tennessee wins leader Gary Rankin has state’s top kicker in son Zeke heading into title game | Tennessean

TSSAA football championship: Predicting the nine BlueCross Bowl winners | Tennessean

TSSAA football championship: DII-AA BlueCross Bowl preview, ECS vs. CPA | Tennessean

TSSAA football championship: DII-AAA BlueCross Bowl preview, McCallie vs. MBA | Tennessean

TSSAA football championship: Class 3A BlueCross Bowl preview, Alcoa vs. Pearl-Cohn | Tennessean

TSSAA football championship: Class 4A BlueCross Bowl preview, Elizabethton vs. Springfield | Tennessean

TSSAA football championship: Class 5A BlueCross Bowl preview, Knoxville Central vs. Summit | Tennessean

TSSAA football championship: Class 6A BlueCross Bowl preview, Maryville vs. Ravenwood | Tennessean

How to watch, stream all nine Tennessee high school football state championship games | Tennessean

Mostradamus makes his final stand | Columbia Daily Herald

Class 5A full of surprises | Columbia Daily Herald

STATE FOOTBALL PREVIEW: CPA’s patient approach wills second-straight state berth | Williamson Home Page

Main Street Preps Top 25 Poll | Main Street Preps

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