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Opening Drive (Nov. 19): Revenge tour

Among the 13 games featuring area teams this week, many of them have some sort of revenge angle to them.

Some are rematches of region games from earlier this year, while some are playoff rematches from last year.

The Class 1A quarterfinal between Gordonsville and South Pittsburg, meanwhile, is another installment of a long-standing playoff rivalry that occurred 10 out of 12 years dating back to 2001. South Pittsburg has won seven of the previous 11 meetings, including last year’s 27-14 triumph at Gordonsville. The last Tiger win? A 14-13 victory in 2012 – the year Gordonsville went on to win the Class 1A state title.

Rematches of region games from this year include Blackman at Oakland, Trousdale County at Watertown, Giles County at Pearl-Cohn, Summit at Shelbyville, Ravenwood at Brentwood, Ensworth at McCallie, Davidson Academy at Friendship Christian, Lipscomb Academy at CPA, MBA at MUS, and USJ at Nashville Christian.

The visiting teams this time around each lost the first meeting, except for Ensworth, Davidson Academy and MBA. Those three are looking for a repeat result this week.

Hardin County visits Springfield for the second time in three years in a Class 4A quarterfinal. The Yellow Jackets prevailed in 2017 and hope to do the same this time around.

Then there’s the first-ever meeting between DeKalb County and Nolensville – two teams each seeking their first trip to the state semifinals.

We’ll talk about these games and more on the 615Preps Podcast this week, available to download Wednesday morning on major streaming services. Our guest will be DeKalb County radio analyst Luke Willoughby, as he joins the show to talk about the Tigers’ surprise run.

Catch up on news from around the area:

Joyce: Playoff wins don’t have to be pretty | Daily News Journal

Midstate high school football rankings: Top 10 after second round of playoffs | Tennessean

COLUMN: Page football has become one of county’s best programs | Williamson Home Page

CITY CAFE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Summit RB Keaten Wade | Williamson Home Page

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