For Williamson County football programs, it will be a busy November.
Ten high school football programs from Williamson County qualified for the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association playoffs. Nine will compete Friday night in the opening round. A 10th — Brentwood Academy — has a bye for the opening round.
Here are four things to know about Williamson County teams in the postseason:
Four region/district champions in county
Centennial (9-1), Fairview (10-0) and Independence (10-0) all won region championships, and Battle Ground Academy claimed a district title.
Fairview won the Region 6-3A title with a win over Harpeth on Friday night. Centennial clinched the Region 6-5A title with its win over Henry County.
Independence won its second straight Region 5-5A title with a second consecutive undefeated regular season.
BGA (7-3) won the Division II-A, District 2 title after going 3-0 in league play.
Three teams can defend titles
All three Williamson County programs that won TSSAA state titles in 2015 will get a chance to defend their crowns.
Brentwood Academy enters the postseason as the No. 2-seed from the Division II-AA East/Middle region and has a bye for the opening round. The Eagles play the Father Ryan-McCallie winner on Nov. 11 in their first game defending the Division II-AA title.
Defending 5A state champion Independence hosts Gallatin (6-4) on Friday to open the postseason. Independence’s title defense comes with a retooled offense after graduation depleted last year’s offensive lineup.
Ravenwood (5-5) enters the 6A playoffs with a new coach and several new faces. The Raptors travel to Houston (4-5) in the opening round. It is the first time the program has traveled in the opening round since a 2008 loss to Hendersonville.
Two undefeated seasons
Fairview and Independence are two of eight Middle Tennessee programs that enter the postseason with an unblemished record. Fairview’s perfect regular season was the program’s first since 1979. Independence’s, though, was its second in as many years.
Summit is a first-timer
Summit will appear in its first high school football playoffs Friday in the program’s sixth year. The Spartans (7-3) play at Region 6-5A champion Cane Ridge (10-0) in the opening round of the Class 5A football playoffs.
Summit, behind coach Brian Coleman, also finished with a winning record for the first time in school history.
Reach Tom Kreager at 615-259-8089 and on Twitter @Kreager.
Williamson County in the football playoffs
Ten Williamson County football programs advanced to the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association playoffs.
All game times are 7 p.m. local time.
East Nashville (4-6) at Fairview (10-0))
Chattanooga Central (3-7) at Page (6-3)
Kirby (4-6) at Brentwood (6-4)
Bolton (5-5) at Centennial (9-1)
Gallatin (6-4) at Independence (10-0)
Summit (7-3) at Cane Ridge (10-0)
Germantown (3-7) at Franklin (8-2)
Ravenwood (5-5) at Houston (4-5)
King’s Academy (4-6) at Battle Ground Academy (7-3)
Brentwood Academy (7-2)*
*Has a bye this week
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