MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Months of fierce competition, tons of determination, and it all comes down to one game—the BlueCross Bowl.

This weekend, the top 10 teams in the state will meet on the gridiron at Middle Tennessee State University’s Floyd Stadium in Murfreesboro to battle for the TSSAA Division I High School Football Championships.

BlueCross Bowl action kicks off Friday, Dec. 5, at 3:30 p.m. with Boyd Buchanan and Donelson Christian Academy in the 1A championship, followed by the 2A championship game at 7 p.m. between David Lipscomb and Huntingdon.

Action picks up again on Saturday, Dec. 6, at noon with Covington and Fulton facing off for the 3A title. Hillsboro and Morristown West square off at 3:30 p.m. in the 4A championship game. Finally, at 7 p.m. Germantown and Riverdale meet in the 5A title bout.

“The BlueCross Bowl continues to encourage excellence in high school football,” said Ronnie Carter, executive director of TSSAA. “Not only will the teams enjoy the athletic challenge, but the fans will be excited and entertained by the talent of these young stars.”

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee has been the title sponsor of the Division I Championships since 2000.

“Through our continued partnership with TSSAA, BlueCross has been able to promote physical fitness and show student athletes that goals are accomplished through hard work and healthy competition, not by using drugs,” said Joan Harp, senior vice president and chief marketing officer for BlueCross.

The Healthy Competition program educates thousands of young athletes about the potential dangers of using performance-enhancing drugs such as steroids and nutritional supplements. That same message will also reach more than 1,000 children from 11 Middle Tennessee youth organizations as they attend this year’s championship games. TSSAA and BlueCross offered the free tickets to organizations that support and promote healthy lifestyles.

General admission BlueCross Bowl tickets are available at the gate for $10 per day. All games will be televised live by FOX/UPN affiliates across the state, including WUXP-TV (Nashville), WFLI-TV (Chattanooga), WBXX-TV (Knoxville) and Time Warner Cable (Memphis).

For more information on the risks and warning signs of performance-enhancing drugs, visit healthycompetition.org.

About TSSAA

The purpose of the Association is to stimulate and regulate the athletic relations of the secondary schools in Tennessee. Recognizing that the primary objective of all secondary schools is to educate youth, the TSSAA aims to coordinate the athletic and scholastic programs.

The athletic field and gymnasium are classrooms in which teaching is foremost in the development of character, integrity, sportsmanship, and team work. Although the athletic program is associated primarily with physical education and the scholastic program with mental education, one complements the other. For more information on TSSAA, visit tssaa.org.

About BlueCross

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee's mission is to provide its customers and communities with peace of mind through affordable solutions for health and healing, life and living. Founded in 1945, the Chattanooga-based company is focused on reinventing the health plan for its 3 million members in Tennessee and across the country. Through its integrated health management approach, BlueCross provides patient-centric products and services that drive health improvement and positively impact health care quality and value. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Inc. is an independent licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association. For more information, visit the company's website at www.bcbst.com.