James Counce Jr.

Henry County High School head coach James Counce Jr. (left) listens to a question from a television station reporter during a press conference held Sunday at Nissan Stadium in Nashville. Each team qualifying for the BlueCross Bowl made their head coaches and 10 players available for interviews. Officials from the TSSAA also met with school personnel to go over plans for the various state championship games that begin on Thursday in Cookeville.

Preparations are being made to send the Henry County High School football team to play in the BlueCross Bowl Saturday in Cookeville.

The Patriots (13-1) will meet Knoxville Central (12-2) at 7 p.m. Saturday for the Class 5A state championship at Tucker Stadium on the Tennessee Tech University campus in Cookeville. Henry County is the home team and will wear their red uniforms while standing on the West sideline.

This will be the opposite sideline from where the Patriots stood when they won the Class 5A championships in 2011 and 2013.

Tickets are on sale at the HCHS office today-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets will be sold from 9 a.m. till noon on Friday and will be offered from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria Tuesday when Henry County hosts Clarksville High School for basketball games at Gamlin Gymnasium. Tickets can also be purchased on line at gofan.co/app/events/43735. Be sure to click the box next to Henry County’s name so that HCHS receives credit for the ticket sale.

The tickets are good for all three games that will be played on Saturday. Play begins at 11 a.m. with the Class A final between Whitwell (14-0) and Cornersville (14-0). 

The second game Saturday will pit Alcoa (14-0) against Covington (14-0) for the Class 3A title. The Patriots-Bobcats game completes the day of games starting at 7 p.m.

Henry County Quarterback Club president Jon Davidson said that officials at the Cookeville Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau is reminding Patriot fans that Henry County holds the all-time record for BlueCross Bowl prepaid tickets sales and game attendance from 2011. Davidson is challenging local fans to break those records this season.

There is one 56-passenger fan bus available for the trip to Cookeville on Saturday. Tickets to ride the bus cost $35 but that does not include the game ticket. Seats are reserved on a first com, first paid basis.

West Tennessee Motor Coach will start taking reservations at 7:30 this morning by telephone at 642-0860.

Davidson said the Quarterback Club is accepting donations to help offset travel and team expenses to play in the championship game. Donations can be made any Security Bank branch or by contacting any member of the Quarterback Club. He said donations can be made through PayPal. The link there is paypal.me/hcqbclub.

On Friday, the Quarterback Club will be hosting a pre-send off party at the Henry County Fairground’s commercial building starting at 6 p.m. Fans will be able to meet the players and coaches. Autographed posters will be available along with hamburgers and hot dogs. State championship game tickets will also be sold during the event.

Fans are reminded that most forms of artificial noisemakers are prohibited. HCHS principal Dr. Michele Webb said the TSSAA explained that noisemakers powered by electric, gas or compressed air are not allowed. Shakers filled with rocks are not allowed either, but cowbells are welcome!

Webb said that only people with TSSAA passes will be allowed on the field at any time, this includes the after-game celebrations.

Fans unable to attend Saturday’s game should be able to view it locally on television at WUXP Channel 30 from Nashville. It will also air on WLMT Channel 30 from Memphis. If you can’t receive those channels, the championship games from Cookeville are available at nfhsnetwork.com.

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