Opening Drive (Nov. 26): Home cookin’

How much has home-field advantage meant in the budding Maryville-Oakland rivalry?

Enough.

Consider that the home team has won each of the last seven meetings — including the previous five semifinal games in the Class 6A playoffs — and the last two contests have resulted in shutouts.

Maryville advanced to last year’s BlueCross Bowl championship game with a 12-0 win over the Patriots, while Oakland routed the Rebels 38-0 in 2018.

In 2017 and 2018, the teams played three games each decided by a field goal, the closest results in the series.

If the home-field pattern holds, Oakland is in position to head to Cookeville, but Maryville won’t make it easy. After all, the Rebels had the only road victory in the series when the teams met for the first time in 2014.

While you wait for Thanksgiving dinner to be ready, catch up on what you might have missed from Wednesday:

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