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Opening Drive (Nov. 4): Second season

Now, the real fun begins. Playoff time is here, and it’s time to raise the stakes.

All of the brackets are set with the exception of the teams from Region 5-1A (more on that below), and they’re all in action this week except Division II-Class AAA and teams with first-round byes.

One focus this week will be on the margin of victory in some of these games, as the first round tends to have some big mismatches. With the current playoff qualification system, 39 teams statewide in Division I qualified with losing records (before Region 5-1 is settled), and of those 39, seven had two wins and three teams made it with 1-9 records. Meanwhile, Montgomery Central goes 7-3 and will be watching the playoffs from home, simply because they lost the wrong three games.

It can be done with a losing record – just ask Stratford last season. We’ll see if any of those teams can find the spark to make a similar run this time around.

Catch up on all the news from a wild Week 11:

Gallery: White House Heritage 20, Montgomery Central 13 | Midstate Preps Plus

The Saturday Six – Week 11 | Midstate Preps Plus

Tennessee high school football playoff brackets released | Tennessean

Tennessee high school football: Early look at TSSAA playoffs | Tennessean

TSSAA, Fayetteville litigation ends; appeal is now Tuesday, delaying 2 region’s football playoff pairings | Tennessean

Four-time defending state champ Brentwood Academy misses playoffs for first time since 1997 | Tennessean

Tennessee high school football: Week 11 roundup | Tennessean

Nashville area high school football top performers from Week 11 | Tennessean

Murfreesboro area high school football Week 11 roundup: Smyrna, Blackman lock up second with wins | Daily News Journal

Murfreesboro area high school football Week 11 top performers | Daily News Journal

Smyrna sophomore Brendan Benthall scores two special teams TDs in win over Stewarts Creek | Daily News Journal

Todd Lark’s role increasing as Blackman secures second place in Region 3-6A | Daily News Journal

Clarksville area football roundup: Hawks’ season ends after 17-10 loss to Lebanon | The Leaf Chronicle

‘This one hurts the worst’: Montgomery Central football goes 7-3 but misses playoffs after loss | The Leaf Chronicle

Football: CPA stays unbeaten in region to earn home field advantage in playoffs | Williamson Herald

Football: Lipscomb scores three TDs, Franklin races past Dickson Co. | Williamson Herald

Football: Ravenwood dominant in 40-14 win over Indy | Williamson Herald

Football: Brentwood enters postseason on high after win at Centennial | Williamson Herald

Football: BA misses playoffs for first time in 22 years | Williamson Herald

Football: BGA closes regular season with win at Lipscomb Academy | Williamson Herald

Football: Walker scores 4 TDs to lead Page past Franklin Co.; Summit shuts out Lincoln Co. | Williamson Herald

First week of 2019 Williamson County football playoffs set | Williamson Home Page

GAME OF THE WEEK: Ravenwood football slams Independence to take second in region | Williamson Home Page

BGA football edges Lipscomb Academy in battle of first-year coaches | Williamson Home Page

Brentwood skates past Centennial to keep region record perfect | Williamson Home Page

Lipscomb’s big night helps boost Franklin past Dickson Co. | Williamson Home Page

CPA clinches third straight district title with road win over FRA | Williamson Home Page

Page captures second-straight region title in Franklin Co. win | Williamson Home Page

Brentwood Academy football playoff hopes dashed by Baylor | Williamson Home Page

FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Summit, Spring Hill, Fairview close year with wins, Nolensville falls | Williamson Home Page

Watertown repeats as Region 4-2A champ | Lebanon Democrat

Busby leads Tigers to Class 1A playoffs | Columbia Daily Herald

Lions’ lead wilts late in finale | Columbia Daily Herald

Raiders close on high note | Columbia Daily Herald

Eagles set for return to Smyrna in 6A playoffs opener | Columbia Daily Herald

CA to host opening-round contest | Columbia Daily Herald

Sycamore flies high on senior night | Cheatham County Exchange

Franklin runs through Dickson County in regular season finale | Dickson Post

Creek Wood loses to Springfield, falls to No. 2 in Region 5-4A | Dickson Post

Jo Byrns throttles Pickett County, clinches playoff berth | Robertson County Connection

Springfield wins Region 5-4A title for second straight year | Robertson County Connection

White House dominates rival Greenbrier in regular season finale | Robertson County Connection

WH Heritage clinches playoff spot by beating Montgomery Central | Robertson County Connection

Watertown blows out East Robertson for region title | Robertson County Connection

Four Robertson County teams heading to TSSAA playoffs | Robertson County Connection

CCU shutdown leaves former White House QB without a school, team | Robertson County Connection

Smyrna knocks off Stewarts Creek to take No. 2 playoff seed | Murfreesboro Post

Cane Ridge shuts out La Vergne 41-0 | Murfreesboro Post

Siegel takes down Rockvale 45-27 in season finale | Murfreesboro Post

Blackman whips Cookeville, earns No. 2 playoff seed | Murfreesboro Post

Eagleville earns playoff berth with 26-14 win over Loretto | Murfreesboro Post

Friday Night Football Scoreboard | Murfreesboro Post

Wildcats clinch playoff berth | Gallatin News

REGION CHAMPS! Commandos crush Bears for Region 4-6A title | Hendersonville Standard

Dashed hopes, yellow flags: Rossview falls to Lebanon | Wilson Post

Donelson Christian knocks off Mt. Juliet Christian | Wilson Post

Clarksville stays hot, rolls West Creek ahead of playoffs | Main Street Preps

McGavock shuts out Overton, makes playoffs | Main Street Preps

Clarksville Academy ends season with loss to University School of Jackson | Main Street Preps

Henry County shuts out Clarksville Northwest | Main Street Preps

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