It’s finally here! More than 200 teams begin the quest to reach the BlueCross Bowl in Cookeville. There are 104 games to be played during the first week of the playoffs.
The 2019 TSSAA Playoff Series is the 51st series since the introduction of classification and the modern playoffs in 1969. Results are incomplete for tournament-style postseason “playoffs” held prior to that date. Those events would have been organized by other parties and may or may not have included TSSAA member schools.
There are 52 games this weekend between teams that have not faced one another before in the postseason.
Six teams will battle in rematches of previous championship games:
South Pittsburg vs. Jo Byrns (2010)
Columbia vs. Beech (2009, 2012)
Independence vs. Smyrna (2007)
Four games feature rematches of semifinal games of past seasons:
Gordonsville vs. Copper Basin (1983, 1984)
Mitchell vs. McKenzie (2002)
Cordova vs. Whitehaven (2016)
ECS vs. Harding Academy (2000, 2005, 2006)
This will be the seventh meeting for both Tyner and Westmoreland (2A) and ECS and Harding Academy (DII-AA) in the TSSAA playoffs.
Three games feature teams that are meeting for the sixth time in the playoffs: Trousdale County/Marion County, Henry County/Ridgeway and Gordonsville/Copper Basin.
Five contests will pair teams meeting for the fifth time in the playoffs: Science Hill/Maryville, Oak Ridge/Soddy-Daisy, Houston/Germantown, Hillsboro/Shelbyville and Columbia/Beech.
The history between this week’s playoff opponents goes all the way back to 1982 when Grainger (as Rutledge High) faced Anderson County, a newly opened school, in the first round of the Class AA series. Anderson County defeated Rutledge in overtime, 14-13.
NFHS Network Games
The full scoreboard, schedules and brackets can be found at https://tssaasports.com/sports/football/.
The NFHS Network will be bringing nearly 20 games to fans that are unable to attend games in person via their live video streaming platform. With an NFHS Network subscription you can watch any and all games for one low monthly or annual fee. This week, Rutherford County football fans can watch the Oakland vs Lebanon game here.
All NFHS Network events are available to watch online at NFHSnetwork.com and through the NFHS Network Live App for iOS and Android.