Uncertainty was the thought of many across the state as to whether the 2020 high school football season could be completed, let alone move forward with the playoffs. The first round of the TSSAA high school football playoffs took place on Friday, November 6. A total of 23 games on the bracket had one school vs. a common opponent... "BYE." However, 80 games were played this past Friday, and teams advanced to move on to the second round.

Several Division II Class AAA teams played a final regular season game on Nov. 6 which delayed the start of their postseason until this weekend.

At Noon central time on Tuesday, all ticket links will be published to the TSSAAsports.com Playoff Headquarters page for the general public to purchase any remaining tickets.

Playoff Headquarters Playoff Tickets

Ticket sales will be limited to the number of spectators the host school has informed TSSAA they are able to accommodate with COVID-19 distancing measures in place. Schools moving home playoff games to alternate venues should notify a TSSAA staff member immediately information can be updated.

Schools are continuing to follow the COVID-19 guidelines and mandates and TSSAA believes that every adult and every participant must do their part and follow the guidelines set forth by the association and conduct themselves safely and thoughtfully so that the schools can provide as many opportunities as possible for the student-athletes this fall.

School administrators and coaches are aware of the guidelines and requirements, but the general public can educate themselves on what is being asked of everyone attending and participating in high school games this season by visiting the Return to Play page at TSSAA.org.

Spectators should be prepared to wear masks and have their temperatures checked at the entry gates. Those that are or have recently experienced COVID-19 symptoms will be asked to not enter the stadium.

NFHS Network Games

Another way for fans to follow their favorite team is by watching a multitude of games on the NFHS Network each week.

The NFHS Network will be bringing more than 15 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. The games (with links to the broadcast) are:

Anderson Co. High School vs. Greeneville High School
Middle Tennessee Christian School vs. University School of Jackson
East Hamilton High School vs. Elizabethton High School
Bradley Central High School vs. Maryville High School
Christian Academy of Knoxville vs. Goodpasture Christian School
West High School vs. Walker Valley High School
Marion County High School vs. Watertown High School
Hendersonville High School vs. Riverdale High School
Huntingdon High School vs. Moore County High School
Lausanne Collegiate School vs. Lipscomb Academy
Huntingdon High School vs. Moore County High School
Marshall County High School vs. Tullahoma High School
Greenfield School vs. West Carroll
Adamsville High School vs. McKenzie High School
Covington High School vs. Milan High School
Clarksville High School vs. Northeast High School
Pearl Cohn vs. East Nashville

All NFHS Network events are available to watch online at NFHSnetwork.com and through the NFHS Network Live App for iOS and Android.

The full scoreboard, schedules and brackets can be found at https://tssaasports.com/sports/football/.

Playoff Notes

  • Of all the matchups this weekend, no teams have met more times in the postseason than Greenback and Coalfield. Coalfield leads the postseason series with a 6-5 record. Greenback has dispatched Coalfield from the playoffs each of the last four years in the first or second round. Coalfield won all six meetings between 1990 and 2014. Greenback won the first meeting in 1987, 46-7.
  • Clay County and Gordonsville meet for the first time in the playoffs since 1984.
  • Lake County and Dresden meet in the playoffs for the third time, with last meeting occurring in 1992. Lake Co. won in 1988 (40-0) and Dresden won in 1992 (30-18).
  • Hendersonville hosts Riverdale in the second round of the Class 5A playoffs. The two teams met in the Class 5A championship game in 2001, where Riverdale claimed the title in a 35-7 win. Hendersonville won the most recent playoff meeting in 2018 by a 23-14 score.
  • Greeneville and Anderson Co. meet in the playoffs for the third straight year and fifth time overall. Greeneville has won the three most recent contests. Anderson Co. last defeated Greeneville in the postseason in 1995 with a 26-7 result.
  • Five schools appearing in the 2020 playoff series also participated in the playoffs exactly 50 years ago. Cleveland, East Ridge, Lexington, Maryville and Tennessee High were all postseason participants in 1970.