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Opening Drive (Dec. 9): Steamrolled

It was a rough showing for midstate teams following Davidson Academy’s Division II-A victory on Thursday, as it turned out to be the lone area championship out of seven opportunities.

To make matters worse, only CPA remained close in the second half.

Why was it so one-sided against the midstate?

Bad calls aside, the Middle Tennessee teams were largely dominated up front. Larger and/or quicker offensive and defensive lines. Alcoa was one example. Elizabethton was another. Maryville is simply a year-in, year-out machine. Knoxville Central had been there before, too.

Whatever is in the water in East Tennessee, somebody had better find a way to get some of that back toward Nashville, or Cookeville will continue to be a house of horrors rather than a victory tour.

Some teams, such as Springfield, have an opportunity to get bigger and stronger with their main linemen coming back. Others, such as Ravenwood, will have to replace departing starters. Either way, bigger and stronger must be the goal or the east will still be an untamable beast in 2020.

Catch up on news and notes from the BlueCross Bowl:

TSSAA football championship: Ravenwood can’t keep up with 17-time champion Maryville in 6A | Tennessean

Why the TSSAA chooses not to use instant replay at high school football state championship games | Tennessean

Tennessee Vols commitment Tee Hodge to relish Maryville state title before signing with UT | Tennessean

TSSAA state championships: What happened on the final day of the 2019 high school football season | Tennessean

TSSAA football championship: Springfield offense struggles in 30-6 loss to Elizabethton in 4A | Tennessean

Why fans may see Dallas Cowboys’ Jason Witten at TSSAA Class 4A football championship game | Tennessean

Why Ravenwood coach Matt Daniels has red mohawk, Raptors logo on side of head for state title game | Tennessean

TSSAA football state championship: What happened in Day 2, top performers, recruiting update | Tennessean

Championship Football: Knox Central frustrates Summit, repeats as champs | Williamson Herald

Championship Football: Ravenwood runs into Maryville buzz saw, drops title game 42-21 | Williamson Herald

STATE FOOTBALL: Ravenwood can’t get past perennial contender Maryville | Williamson Home Page

STATE FOOTBALL: Scoreless first half halts Summit in 5A loss to Knox Central | Williamson Home Page

Young Spartans held in check | Columbia Daily Herald

Slow start costly for Spartans | Columbia Daily Herald

A SEASON TO REMEMBER: Springfield falls to Elizabethton in Class 4A BlueCross Bowl | Robertson County Connection

‘Link Up’ motto fuels Springfield playoff run | Robertson County Connection

Springfield has made deep playoff runs a habit. Can that continue? | Robertson County Connection

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