Opening Drive (Nov. 23): Six-pack

A quick look at each of the remaining area Division I teams and their semifinal opponents this Friday:

  • Class 2A: Meigs County (12-0) at Trousdale County (11-2)

Trousdale County and Meigs County have met in the semifinals each of the past two seasons, with both teams winning once on their home field. The Yellow Jackets host again as they did in 2018, when they advanced to the BlueCross Bowl. Trousdale County has won 10 consecutive games since their 9-7 loss at home to Watertown on Sept. 4. Meigs County has only had one game decided by fewer than 16 points, a 28-21 win over visiting South Pittsburg on Oct. 9.

Class 3A: Pearl-Cohn (8-0) at Milan (10-1)

Pearl-Cohn and Milan have never met in the postseason or regular season. The Firebirds have largely been unchallenged since a double-overtime win at home against Hillsboro to open their shortened season, while Milan has run off 10 consecutive victories — nine on the field — since a 34-13 loss at home to Peabody in their season opener.

Class 4A: Elizabethton (13-0) at Nolensville (8-3)

A rematch from last year’s semifinals, which Elizabethton won 34-12, the Cyclones now have to travel to Nolensville this year for the fourth-round matchup. Elizabethton has won 28 consecutive games and 38 of its last 40 dating back to the beginning of the 2018 season. The Cyclones survived a scare from Greeneville in the quarterfinal round and a two-point win at Daniel Boone on Sept. 11, but have been largely untested otherwise this season. Nolensville upended previously-unbeaten Tullahoma in the quarterfinals and has won four straight since their 15-point loss at Tullahoma on Oct. 23.

Class 5A: Summit (12-1) at Henry County (10-2)

Henry County and Summit will meet for the first time ever in the semifinals. The Patriots have ripped off eight consecutive victories, winning by an average of 35.4 points per game in that run, since a 55-17 loss at Brentwood on Sept. 11. Although Summit has had to miss out on four games due to COVID cases with other teams, the Spartans have handled their business since a 27-20 loss to Franklin on Sept. 11.

Class 6A: Maryville (12-0) at Oakland (13-0)

The only Division I semifinal game to feature two unbeaten teams, Maryville and Oakland meet for the seventh consecutive season in the semifinal round. Maryville holds a 4-2 edge, including a 12-0 victory at home last season. The home team has won each of the last five playoff meetings, and four times the winner has gone on to win the state title. Oakland has scored 30 or more points in all but one game this season. The Rebels have only allowed one opponent to score more than 13 points — Dobyns-Bennett scored 28 last week.

Class 6A: Brentwood (10-3) at Bartlett (8-1)

Brentwood and Bartlett will meet for the first time in the playoffs or regular season. The Panthers have won eight consecutive games since a 42-16 loss to CPA on Sept. 3. Brentwood is 9-0 this season when scoring 28 points or more, and has averaged 45 points per game in the last four contests.

Meanwhile, catch up on what you might have missed from the third round of the playoffs:

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