The ‘’new’’ football season begins Friday with three Greater Kingsport area teams in the TSSAA playoff hunt.
No. 2-ranked Dobyns-Bennett (10-0) hosts Jefferson County (6-4) in 6A. Sullivan South (6-4) invades No. 10-ranked Daniel Boone (8-2) in 5A. Sullivan North (7-3) goes to Gatlinburg-Pittman (7-3) in 3A.
D-B won the Big 8 Conference championship, with South placing second and Boone third. Jefferson County tied with Sevier County and Morristown West for the Inter-Mountain Conference title. North, having claimed third in the Three Rivers Conference, is going against a fourth-place team in Gatlinburg-Pittman.
Bundle-up temperatures are forecast for the Northeast Tennessee region. The starting time for all playoff games is 7 p.m.
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