As Hurricane Laura inches closer to landfall, many Tennessee schools are making schedule adjustments to play this week's game on Thursday to avoid the severe weekend weather expected in the wake of the storm. About half of the 124 Week 2 games expected to take place across the state have already been rescheduled to Thursday night.
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. Because stadium seating capacities will be limited to allow for physical distancing, check your school's website or social media accounts for information on ticket availability. It is the host school's discretion to honor passes, or offer any public ticket sales at all, because of capacity restrictions.
Six contests will feature region matchups in Week 2:
Alcoa at Austin-East
Sullivan East at Elizabethton
Seymour at Gibbs
Friendship Christian at MTCS (Thu)
DCA at Webb School (Thu)
Gleason at South Fulton
The full scoreboard, schedules and standings can be found at https://tssaasports.com/sports/football/.
Two games this week are rematches of memorable playoff meetings from the past.
Riverdale and Franklin met in the state championship game in 2004, which Riverdale won, 35-7. Gaston Miller ran in all four touchdowns for Riverdale and Dave Thomas carried in the only score for Franklin. It was the first trip to the state finals in football for Franklin High and Riverdale has not been back to the title game since.
Beech and Henry County faced off in the state semifinals more recently. Henry County won the 2018 meeting, 13-7, and finished the season runner-up to Knoxville Central in an unusual Sunday afternoon championship game in Cookeville brought about by an extended weather delay the night before.
More information about these games and others can be found at the online home of the TSSAA Championships, TSSAAsports.com.
This week, nearly 100 contests are scheduled to be broadcast by schools across the state on the NFHS Network this week, including over 20 football games. Your subscription to the NFHS Network sends money back to the schools and helps to cover the costs of offering the service.
Watching the games are easy, whether it's on your computer, tablet or smartphone. Download the NFHS Network app from Google Play or the iTunes App Store and take the live coverage with you wherever you go.
Thursday Varsity Football
Anderson Co. vs. Powell
Jackson County vs. Sale Creek
Watertown vs. Nolensville
Lipscomb Academy vs. Pope John Paul II
Bolivar Central vs. Scotts Hill
Goodpasture Christian School vs. Nashville Christian School
Page vs. Siegel
Giles County vs. Hendersonville
Marshall County vs. Lincoln County
Friday Varsity Football
McCallie vs. Webb School of Knoxville
Alcoa vs. Austin-East
Central vs. Tellico Plains
Elizabethton vs. Sullivan East
Bradley Central vs. Walker Valley
Northpoint Christian vs. Fayette-Ware
Community vs. Moore County
Gallatin vs. Station Camp
Franklin vs. Riverdale
Columbia Academy vs. Shelbyville
Battle Ground Academy vs. Wilson Central
Christian Academy of Knoxville vs. Clinton
For an up-to-date schedule of games streaming live this week, visit https://tssaasports.com/nfhsnetwork/.
TSSAA has updated the scoreboard, schedules and standings to show a win for 20 schools whose Week 1 opponents canceled due to COVID-19. The team that was forced to cancel is, by Board action, to consider the game a "no-contest." Contests where both teams were unable to play due to COVID-19 are considered "no-contests" and have been removed from the schedule. The schools listed below were awarded a Week 1 overall win:
Battle Ground Academy
Cosby High School
Father Ryan High School
Gatlinburg-Pittman High School
Green Hill High School
Humboldt High School
Jellico High School
Lausanne Collegiate School
Lookout Valley High School
McEwen High School
Memphis University School
Morristown-Hamblen High School West
North Greene High School
Northpoint Christian School
St. Benedict at Auburndale
The Howard School
West High School