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2017 BlueCross Bowl

Alcoa plays for 3A title Thursday; Maryville vies for 6A crown Friday

Maryville cheerleader Shealey Payne gets into the spirit of things as the Rebels take the field against Oakland on Friday. Photo by Wallace Bowden

By Stefan Cooper
Blount Press Row

It’s on to championship game weekend for the Alcoa and Maryville football teams.

The Alcoa cheerleaders will clock in for work at 3 p.m. CST on Thursday at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville. Photo by Cindy Nowlin

The schedule is a little different from years past, with the No. 1-ranked and two-time defending state champion Tornadoes (12-2) meeting Covington (13-1) in the Class 3A BlueCross Bowl on Thursday at Tennessee Tech’s Tucker Stadium in Cookeville.

Kickoff is 3 p.m. CST.

For the complete Class 3A bracket click here.

Alcoa raced by Red Bank, 34-0, in semifinal play on Friday. Covington ended Pearl Cohn’s season, 31-28.

The No. 2-ranked Rebels (13-1) knocked off No. 1 Oakland, 31-28, in a 6A thriller at Shields Stadium on Friday. Next for Maryville is a BlueCross Bowl meeting with Cane Ridge (13-1) at Tech on Friday.

Kickoff is 7 p.m. CST.

Cane Ridge stopped Whitehaven’s season, 14-7.

For the complete Class 6A bracket click here.

The complete BlueCross Bowl schedule is as follows:

(All times CST)


Class 1A – Greenback vs. Cornersville, 11 a.m.
Class 3A – Alcoa vs. Covington, 3 p.m.
Class 5A – Catholic vs. Beech, 7


Class 2A – Tyner vs. Union City, 11 a.m.
Class 4A – Greeneville vs. Springfield, 3 p.m.
Class 6A – Maryville vs. Cane Ridge, 7


DII Class A – Friendship vs. DCA, 11 a.m.
DII Class AA – Notre Dame vs. Lausanne, 3 p.m.
DII Class AAA – Brentwood Acad. vs. MBA, 7

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