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Opening Drive (Sept. 6): Looking for hot starts

After two weeks, 29 teams in the 615 coverage area are off to 2-0 starts. Of those 29, three (Pope John Paul II, Stewarts Creek and Summit) are seeking their first-ever 3-0 opening to the season.

Other teams haven’t been 3-0 for some time. White House Heritage is 2-0 for the first time since 2016, and the Patriots have also won consecutive games for the first time since that season as well. They’re also seeking their first 3-0 start since 2006.

As successful as Pearl-Cohn has been in recent memory, this is the Firebirds’ first 2-0 start since 2014. The same holds true for Ensworth – the Tigers haven’t been 2-0 since 2014.

Franklin Road Academy seeks its first 3-0 start since 2015, while Clarksville Academy hasn’t won its first three games since 2012. Smith County’s last 3-0 start came in 2011.

Creek Wood hasn’t been 3-0 since 2005. Hillwood’s last 3-0 start happened in 2004, while Clarksville Northwest hasn’t been 3-0 since 2003.

Three others – Mt. Pleasant, Trousdale County and Nashville Christian – are looking for 2-0 starts after already having their open dates in the first two weeks of the season.

Get ready for tonight’s action by catching up on news from around the area:

How some of Tennessee’s most tenured high school football coaches have seen the sport change over the years | Tennessean

Good look at some of the game’s long-time head coaches and how they handle running a program these days.

Top 10 Nashville area high school football games for Week 3 | Tennessean

Tennessee high school football: Week 3 statewide game predictions | Tennessean

Two of state’s top region high school football openers scheduled for Nashville area | Tennessean

Week 3 games under the microscope.

TSSAA denies appeal by West Creek football after five players were ejected over fight | The Leaf Chronicle

Montgomery Central’s leading rusher is out for tonight’s game against Portland, while West Creek loses five players due to last week’s ejections.

Murfreesboro area schools following successful model for funding artificial turf fields | Daily News Journal (subscription content)

Interesting stuff here on the methods some Rutherford County schools have used to acquire turf fields. It’ll be interesting to see how others follow suit.

Murfreesboro area high school football Week 3 preview | Daily News Journal

Yellow Jackets to face Watertown in region opener | Hartsville Vidette

Trousdale County only has a nine-game schedule this season, so last week was the first of two open dates the Yellow Jackets will have during the regular season.

Football Preview: Region 5-5A play tips with pair of big games featuring Page, Summit | Williamson Herald

Football Preview: Top-ranked Brentwood Academy set to host No. 2 McCallie | Williamson Herald

Football Preview: Franklin continues uphill climb with trip to Ravenwood | Williamson Herald

VANDERBILT ORTHOPAEDIC GAME OF THE WEEK: Ravenwood, Franklin to clash | Franklin Home Page

Tigers struggle offensively in loss | Macon County Times

PICK ‘EM: Russell’s Week 3 Robertson predictions | Robertson County Connection

PICK ‘EM: Brady’s Week 3 Montgomery Predictions | Murfreesboro Post

PICK ‘EM: Sumner County Week 3 Previews | Gallatin News

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