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Playoff Football – Ravenwood at Whitehaven

Brian Garcia 

With the 2019 high school football season coming in hot, fans in Williamson County have plenty to be excited about.

First off, the return of My TV30’s Friday Night Rivals series will feature two Williamson County teams.

The Page Patriots will host Shelbyville Central in the Sept. 6 game of the week. The Patriots came out on top in their last battle against Shelbyville, winning a hard-fought region 5-5A title game 20-17 in overtime. The win gave Page its first region title since 1999.

Ravenwood’s Week 4 matchup against Pulaski Academy from Little Rock, Arkansas, is sure to be a true test for the Raptors. Pulaski Academy is coming off a 12-2 season that ended in a loss in Arkansas’ 5A state championship game. Pulaski Academy averaged 50.28 points per game last season and took home four consecutive state titles before last season’s loss.

The October and November schedules haven’t been set yet, so there are still plenty of spots for Williamson County teams to get TV time in the fall. 

For fans who can’t wait until the season to get their high school football fix, there are several 7-on-7 passing camps going on over the next couple of weeks. 

Riverdale will host its eighth annual Tate Matthews Team Sports 7-on-7 tournament today. This event will feature 25 schools from the Nashville area, including four Williamson County schools: Centennial, Franklin, Summit and Independence.

Finally, Shelbyville will host a bonus tournament, on July 28, that will feature 23 Nashville-area schools and showcase five Williamson County schools: Centennial, Independence, Nolensville, Page and Summit.

Centennial Cougar fans are in for a special treat. A meet the Cougars tailgate event is set to begin at 5:30 p.m. July 25 at the Centennial high school football stadium.

Fans will be treated to an introduction of the cheer squad, dance team, band and football team. After the introduction, there will be photo and autograph opportunities with team members. Admission is free.

There will be a tailgate-tent-decorating contest inside the stadium and the winner will receive a CHS athletic pass. Zaxby’s food will be available for purchase at the event and there will be a teacher dunk tank.

With the season rapidly approaching, it won’t be long until players and fans can once again bask under the glow of the Friday night lights.

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