Opening Drive (Sept. 11): Getting the green light?

Metro Nashville just might get its wish to play this season after all.

According to 104.5 The Zone’s Brent Dougherty, an announcement is expected today that Metro Nashville Public School teams will be cleared to begin contact practice “soon,” which puts them in line to play on Sept. 25.

And Hillsboro senior quarterback Jalen Macon was happy to let everybody know about it:

They’ve certainly waited long enough. Teams that scheduled backup games are going to have to reverse course now, if they have Metro opponents in their region scheduled in the second half of the season.

With Week 5 being a heavy region week, Metro teams will wind up missing two region games if they are able to return in Week 6. It remains to be seen how many of those might be able to be made up in October. Playoff races will be affected, but not like they would have been had Metro been forced to miss the entire season.

Although they’ll still have to watch the next two Fridays, it appears Metro’s time is coming. And not a minute too soon.

(UPDATE: The Tennessean is reporting that practice can begin today, but games have not yet been approved.)

In the meantime, catch up on what you might have missed from Week 3 around the area:

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