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Springfield coach Dustin Wilson (left) encourages his special teams unit as they take the field at the beginning of the fourth quarter against Hardin County on Friday, Nov. 22.

Springfield will put its 7-game win streak on the line Saturday afternoon with a chance at taking the school’s second state football championship. Here is everything you need to know about the TSSAA Class 4A BlueCross Bowl:

THE MATCHUP

Elizabethton (14-0) vs. Springfield (11-3)

Saturday, Dec. 7 @ 3 p.m.

Tucker Stadium at Tennessee Tech (1105 N. Peachtree Ave. in Cookeville)

Head-to-head record: First meeting

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Elizabethton: QB Bryce Rollins (2,102 passing yards, 29 TD, 3 INT; 821 rushing yards, 15 TD), RB Cade Maupin (1,492 rushing yards, 12 TD), WR Troy Parker Hughes (963 receiving yards), LB Deuce Morton (122 tackles, 5 TFL), LB Carson Stresemann (72 tackles, 10 TFL, 6 sacks).

Springfield: QB Kevontez Hudson (730 passing yards, 5 TD; 1,141 rushing yards, 21 TD), RB Kevontay White (1,110 rushing yards, 15 TD), WR/DB Gabe Kelly (76 tackles, 7 INT), LB Mikie Neal (137 tackles, 11 TFL), WR/DB Cale Jones (88 tackles, 3 INT), DL/TE Austin Stiltner (53 tackles, 8 TFL), DL/LB Kamrin Garrett (46 tackles, 16 TFL).

HOW THEY GOT HERE

Elizabethton tore through its competition all season. The Fighting Cyclones averaged a 26-point margin of victory in their 14 wins. After going undefeated in the regular season, Elizabethton dispatched East Ridge, Sullivan South, Greeneville and Nolensville to get to Cookeville. The Fighting Cyclones have outscored their four playoff opponents 151-40.

Springfield captured the Region 5-4A title by beating Portland, Greenbrier and Creek Wood in the final three weeks of the regular season. The Yellow Jackets kept that momentum going in the postseason by overcoming Jackson South Side, Lexington, Hardin County and Haywood. Springfield won the Hardin County (28-20) and Haywood (17-14) games in overtime the last two weeks.

CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY

Elizabethton won its lone state finals appearance in 1938. Since 1997, the Fighting Cyclones had lost six state semifinal games before breaking through with a 34-12 victory over Nolensville last Friday, Nov. 29.   

This is Springfield’s second appearance in three years and third appearance overall. The Yellow Jackets beat McMinn Central 26-6 to win the 1993 state championship. Springfield lost to Greeneville 54-13 in the 2017 4A state title game.

PARKING AND TICKETS

Parking is $10 per vehicle and signage and volunteers will direct drivers to the appropriate reserved lots near Tucker Stadium. Tickets are $12 and good for the entire day, which also includes the 2A and 6A state title games. Yellow Jacket fans can buy tickets online by clicking HERE and selecting ‘Springfield ticket’ in the drop-down menu.

TV AND LIVE UPDATES

All the BlueCross Bowl games will be broadcasted live by the NFHS Network. The games will be carried locally by WUXP MyTV30 – the same network that broadcasted the Clarksville-Springfield game on Aug. 30.

For live updates from Cookeville, please follow sports editor Russell Vannozzi on Twitter (@RussellV_74). Full coverage of the game will be available on MainStreetPreps.com and RobertsonCountyConnection.com on Saturday night.

SEND-OFF ROUTE

The Yellow Jackets’ team bus will depart from Springfield High School at 9 a.m. Saturday morning. The motorcade will make its way through Travis Price Park, before heading south on Memorial Boulevard. The bus will then make a right on Tom Austin Highway to get to Interstate 24.  Supporters are encouraged to line the streets to send the team off to Cookeville.

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