Opening Drive (Aug. 21) Game day – for a lot more of you

Rockvale and La Vergne treated us to a high-scoring affair to open the 2020 season on Thursday evening.

The Wolverines prevailed 49-35 behind Ray Banner’s 273-yard, five-touchdown effort, putting the La Vergne senior at more than one-third of his touchdown output from last year after just 48 minutes of work.

Rockvale quarterback Logan Nowacki tossed three scoring strikes, including two to C.J. Steele, and Landon Starnes found the end zone twice on carries for the Rockets.

Most of the rest of the area opens play tonight, so in the meantime, catch up on what you might have missed yesterday:

Brentwood Academy football coach Cody White to miss first two games due to quarantine – Tennessean

15 Nashville area high school football special teams players to watch in 2020 – Tennessean

Offseason work on speed pays off as La Vergne’s Ray Banner scores five TDs vs. Rockvale – Daily News Journal

What having Tennessee high school football back means to the players taking the field Friday night – Leaf Chronicle

Commentary: Understanding the changing of mascots – Williamson Herald

Football: Despite missing offseason reps, CPA returns loaded roster – Williamson Herald

Football: Region favorite Fairview loaded with experience – Williamson Herald

Football: Summit brings back plenty of talent, experience for new season – Williamson Herald

Football: Father Ryan to wait a bit longer before kicking off new season – Williamson Herald

Football: Nolensville still working out kinks after semifinal run in 2019 – Williamson Herald

Football: Ravenwood eager to continue success despite huge personnel losses – Williamson Herald

Football: Added depth a first for new-look GCA – Williamson Herald

Football: Patriots finding the right mindset for new season – Williamson Herald

Football: Independence prepared for ‘one game at a time’ – Williamson Herald

Football: Undersized, youthful Centennial looks to continue building – Williamson Herald

As the O-line goes, so goes Franklin – Williamson Herald

Brentwood Academy coach Cody White to miss next two weeks, David Norris to fill in – Williamson Home Page

Mostradamus speaks: Predictions for Week 1 – Southern Middle Tennessee Sports

Teams wade into football season COVID-style – Lebanon Democrat

PICK ‘EM: Joel’s Week 1 Robertson County-area Predictions – Robertson County Connection

Can White House Heritage football pick up where it left off? – Robertson County Connection

Blackburn carries Blue Devils into 2020 season – Robertson County Connection

La Vergne holds off Rockvale 49-35 in season opener – Murfreesboro Post

Bison usher in Alexander era – Gallatin News

Can Portland take the next step in Region 5-4A? – Portland Sun

Fairview Jackets face Page Friday in Battle of 840 – Main Street Preps

Trousdale County football opens with rival Friendship Christian – Hartsville Vidette

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