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The wait is almost over: high school football is being played this week in the Volunteer State
Countdown To Kickoff
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Published: Aug. 15, 2020 at 11:40 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The wait is almost over: high school football is being played this week in the Volunteer State.

WVLT’s Countdown To Kickoff series will get you caught up on all the off-season news and preview the year to come every night leading up to the start of the season.

Be sure to check back often as we preview two teams per day leading up to the season opener.


Why not start things off with the defending back-to-back 5A state champions from Fountain City? The Central Bobcats are coming off a dominant run on both sides of the football. The defense gave up just 8.8 points per game in its five-game run through the state playoffs, while winning games by an average of nearly 19 points per contest.


From Central, to the team that handed the Bobcats their first loss of the season, the Cherokees will be without Mr. Football Elijah Young this season. Incoming seniors say they learned a lot about work ethic by practicing with Young, who signed with Eli Drinkwitz’s first class at Missouri.


The Rebels were a point away from a perfect season, and a fourth quarter interception away from a trip to the 5A state championship game last season. While the team loses a lot of production from that squad, head coach Lamar Brown says he’s counting on some underclassmen who started on that team to step up this time around.

Oak Ridge

The Wildcats return an (almost) unheard of 14 starters from last season: eight on offense and six on defense, including a senior signal caller and up-and-coming running back.

Hardin Valley Academy

Well it is game week on the high school level with kick off taking place With our rivalry Thursday open her featuring Gibbs and Halls high school. Now our game of the week Friday will feature Oak Ridge at Hardin Valley. It’s a catch-22 for head coach Mike Potter’s team with a number of veteran players stepping into starting roles for the first time said head coach Mike Potter, “We lost a lot of good players last year too we have a lot of kids that played some on Friday nights but a lot of them are going to be stepping into that starting role this year not having spring ball has not been good for us but everybody is in the same boat.

Senior Michael Spurgeon adds, ”We are not at that point yet but we are still climbing to that team that we’ve always imagined to be because we all grew up together so we all have a tight bond so I’m hoping for a lot of success this year.”

Folks don’t forget to tune in Tuesday night August 18th at 7 o’clock on WVLT for our high school football preseason special as we look ahead to the kick off of the 2020 season later this week.

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