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Opening Drive (Aug. 23): It’s go time

The wait is over. All the 615 area teams get going tonight. There’s a lot of news to catch up on, so do it here:

615Preps Podcast Episode 4: Week 1 preview, Gallatin head coach Chad Watson, BlueCross Bowl site discussion | Midstate Preps Plus

We took a stab at some of the best games this week, and Gallatin head coach Chad Watson took a few minutes with us before tonight’s Midstate Spotlight Game of the Week against Lebanon.

Top Nashville area high school football games for Week 1 | Tennessean

Kreager gives his picks for the midstate’s top games this week.

A to Z: Previewing the Tennessee high school football 2019 season | Tennessean

Something for every letter to get you ready for kickoff.

Passion keeps Murphy Fair, ‘The Guru’ of Tennessee high school football, going strong | Daily News Journal (subscriber content)

It’s a familiar sight in the preseason leading up to high school football, and Murphy Fair has been doing it for quite a while.

Back to one sport for Smith | Columbia Daily Herald

Gary Smith Jr. unfortunately won’t be on the field for Columbia Academy when the Bulldogs host Marshall County this evening.

Tigers enter season on a firmer foundation | Macon County Times

Macon County hosts Smith County this evening to start the season.

Bulldogs to take it one step at a time | Macon County Times

Red Boiling Springs heads east to face Sunbright in its season opener this evening.

Yellow Jackets defeat Station Camp 7-6 in Tobacco Bowl Jamboree | Hartsville Vidette

Yellow Jackets to open 2019 football season at Friendship | Hartsville Vidette

Trousdale County visits Friendship Christian in one of our games to watch this evening.

Football Preview: Enjoy our football season preview as the exciting time of year kicks off | Williamson Herald

In the forecast: Expected highs, lows for 2019 season | Williamson Herald

A final preview from Williamson County before kickoff.

FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Loaded Ravenwood has championship aspirations | Franklin Home Page

That headline pretty much sums up the Raptors’ target.

VANDERBILT ORTHOPAEDIC GAME OF THE WEEK: Summit, Indy square off in annual rivalry game | Franklin Home Page

A good one at Summit tonight.

Cheatham County, Harpeth turn attention to season openers | Cheatham County Exchange

The Cubs visit Hillwood this evening, while Harpeth travels to Jo Byrns to kick off the 2019 campaign

Creek Wood and Dickson take part in final preseason scrimmage | Dickson Post

Tonight’s TV contest features the Dickson County rivals squaring off with each other.

PICK ‘EM: Russell’s Week 1 Robertson predictions | Robertson County Connection

Robertson County predictions for Week 1.

East Robertson hoping to build on playoff appearance with new coach, QB | Robertson County Connection

White House Heritage focusing on mental side of game to improve win total | Robertson County Connection

A couple of Robertson County previews to finish off preseason content.

Tennessee football officials study mechanics for seven-person crews | Robertson County Connection

This seems like a good idea in theory, but the big problem will be finding enough officials to staff seven-person crews. If they try this, expect many more games on Thursday nights, because the officials’ shortage will become even worse.

Season Preview: Bulldogs look to get over Cane Ridge ‘hurdle’ | Murfreesboro Post

Season Preview: Copley looking to get Siegel going in right direction | Murfreesboro Post

Season Preview: Experienced, talented Riverdale primed to take another big step | Murfreesboro Post

Season Preview: MTCS looking to build off best season in school history | Murfreesboro Post

Season Preview: Wolverines hope experience leads to playoff berth | Murfreesboro Post

One more batch of Rutherford County previews to help kick off the season.

Pride never graduates | Gallatin News

Fifty years means a lot of Friday nights in the stands. Talk about dedication – that’s it.

2019 All-Sumner County preseason football team | Gallatin News

The best thing these lists are good for is for comparisons at the end of the year.

SEASON PREVIEW: Green Wave hope to make deep playoff run in Watson’s first year | Gallatin News

SEASON PREVIEW: From Hunter to Hunted | Hendersonville Standard

SEASON PREVIEW: Commandos hope to build on Beasley’s first season | Hendersonville Standard

SEASON PREVIEW: Station Camp hopeful for 2019 playoff run | Hendersonville Standard

SEASON PREVIEW: Knights hopeful to build off most successful season in school history | Hendersonville Standard

PREVIEW: Panthers seeking return trip to playoffs | Portland Sun

Sumner County previews here – well, all except Westmoreland.

Wilson Co. football at a glance | Wilson Post

Brief look at Wilson County games this evening.

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