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Opening Drive (Oct. 3): A program on the brink

The Glencliff football program has fallen on very hard times. A state runner-up in 1999, the Colts had some good years in the late 90s and early 2000s, but this decade has been forgettable in nearly every way possible.

Without a playoff appearance since 2011, the Colts have seen their participation dwindle to the point where they’re on the brink of shutting the program down. And for a few hours Tuesday, that was the case.

Though there are enough players to play this week against Hillwood, there are still many questions as to if they’ll be able to finish the season.

With potential ramifications to their basketball program should the football team fail to finish the season, the Colts are going to do what they can to play the final four games, whether it’s with shortened quarters, a running clock or something else.

We’ll continue to monitor the situation.

Catch up on news from around the area:

615Preps Podcast Episode 10: Trousdale/Macon recap, Hillsboro/Pearl-Cohn thoughts, midseason checkups | Midstate Preps Plus

This week’s podcast highlights several first-place showdowns coming up on Friday.

Player of the Week – Week 6 | Midstate Preps Plus

Glencliff football to shut down remainder of season, forfeiting final four games | Tennessean

We thought that the Colts would indeed drop out of the remainder of their schedule, but…

Glencliff football program back, but roster size will be monitored week-to-week, principal says | Tennessean

…after word got out of their season’s demise, it was revived. For now.  

Metro Nashville schools PIO changes course after saying athletic practices closed to media | Tennessean

Metro’s public information officer painted herself into a corner on Wednesday, having to eventually back down her statement when she learned her policy isn’t the final word.

Top 10 Nashville area high school football games for Week 7 | Tennessean

Pearl-Cohn football hosts East Nashville in Firebirds’ latest Metro challenge | Tennessean

Blackman vs. Oakland football: A breakdown of Friday’s Region 3-6A showdown | Daily News Journal

Murfreesboro area high school football Week 7 preview | Daily News Journal

Clarksville area’s top high school football games for Week 7 | The Leaf Chronicle

Region clashes provide test for Mostradamus | Columbia Daily Herald

MAURY COUNTY OFFENSIVE LEADERS | Columbia Daily Herald

Eagles crack Class 6A Top 10 | Columbia Daily Herald

Football: Indy joins Brentwood, Ravenwood in 6A poll; Summit, Nolensville stay steady | Williamson Herald

FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Brentwood/Indy, Franklin/Centennial, CPA/Lipscomb on horizon | Franklin Home Page

CITY CAFE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Brentwood Academy RB Jordan James | Franklin Home Page

Bulldogs can’t capitalize on opportunities | Macon County Times

Tigers fall to Trousdale County, 28-0 | Macon County Times

Purple Tigers ride fast start, trounce White House, 28-8 | Lebanon Democrat

Commanders claim sole possession of East lead | Lebanon Democrat

Mt. Juliet shuts out Maplewood, 35-0 | Lebanon Democrat

Green Wave drowns out Wildcats, 16-0 | Lebanon Democrat

PICK ‘EM: Russell’s Week 7 Robertson predictions | Robertson County Connection

After life-threatening injury, Greenbrier’s Gavin Ledbetter counts his blessings | Robertson County Connection

PICK ‘EM: Brady’s Week 7 Montgomery County picks | Robertson County Connection

Week 7 Sumner County Picks and Previews | Gallatin News

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