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Opening Drive (Nov. 28): Save the wishbone

Of the seven local teams left in the Division I semifinals, five of them have played their semifinal opponent at least once before.

In Oakland’s case, however, Maryville is an annual guest for their post-Thanksgiving festivities, as they’ve battled on Black Friday every season since 2014.

Springfield and Haywood are spending their third consecutive semifinal Friday together, while Trousdale County and Meigs County are battling in their semifinal sequel from last year.

Pearl-Cohn and Covington faced each other two years ago, while Ravenwood and Houston squared off in 2016.

How many area teams will get to Cookeville? We’re less than 48 hours from finding out. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and catch up on news from around the area:

Player of the Week – Third round | Midstate Preps Plus

615Preps Podcast Episode 19: Division II semis, Division I semifinal preview and a Black Friday PSA | Midstate Preps Plus

Nashville’s 50 greatest high school football players revisited | Tennessean

Oakland vs. Maryville: A breakdown of the Class 6A state semifinal | Daily News Journal

VANDERBILT ORTHOPAEDIC GAME OF THE WEEK: Ravenwood a game away from state | Williamson Home Page

Yellow Jackets rally late, end Watertown’s season again | Hartsville Vidette

Trousdale County, Meigs County to clash in 2A semifinals | Hartsville Vidette

PICK ’EM: Russell’s Robertson predictions: Semifinal edition | Robertson County Connection

Springfield moves up one spot to No. 17 in MSP poll | Robertson County Connection

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