Opening Drive (Sept. 18): Better late than never

The news Metro Nashville coaches and players had been waiting on for months finally came on Thursday – they’ll be allowed to play beginning one week from Friday.

And it came down just in time.

Most of the 13 teams have already lost at least one region game due to Metro’s hiatus, and some will lose another this week. Two games in the hole is a bad place to be, but at least the teams will have a chance to determine the remainder of the season on the field.

Memphis, on the other hand, has been halted until further notice and Shelby County schools don’t really see an end in sight. That would have major playoff implications, especially in the later rounds for Middle Tennessee teams.

Meanwhile, catch up on what you might have missed on Thursday:

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