1976 Class AAA Football Playoffs

November 12 - November 26, 1976

State Champion

Bradley Central High School

Pictured: Barry Varner, Jeff Allen, Tim Kuhns, Randy Goins, Dale Turner, Everett Blair, Danny Wooden, Kendall Moore, Greg Geren, Frank Elmore, Doug Saffles, Mark Cochran, David Marr, Dale Caabo, Paul Hysinger, Richard Varner, Walter Miller, Bobby Delay, Greg Rakestraw, Steve Ensley, David White, Tim Howell, Derrick Burrell, Pernell Ownby, Tim Cartwright, Donald Withrow, Marty Walker, Terry Scoggins, Paul French, Gary Austin, Howard Hamilton, Dinny Hooper, David Goodner, Eddie Albornoz, Richy Stennett, Bobby McLemore, Mike Pritchett, Mike Odom, Richard Gibson, Roland, Mathews, Scott Kyle, Kenny Higgins, Dennis Carroll, Steve Galtin, Wes Brooking, David Kimsey, David Jones, Tim Tinsley, Dennis White

Tournament Schedule/Results

Day Date Time # Matchup Location
Friday Nov 12 7:30 PM Bradley Central 18, Kirkman 0
Friday Nov 12 7:30 PM Dobyns Bennett 17, Knoxville Central 7
Friday Nov 12 7:30 PM Jackson Central-Merry 41, Memphis Carver 6
Friday Nov 12 7:30 PM Gallatin 31, Maplewood 13
Friday Nov 19 7:30 PM Bradley Central 24, Dobyns Bennett 18
Friday Nov 19 7:30 PM Jackson Central-Merry 27, Gallatin 21
Friday Nov 26 7:30 PM Bradley Central 50, Jackson Central-Merry 48

Participating Schools

Bradley Central
Dobyns Bennett
Jackson Central-Merry
Knoxville Central

Championship Venue


Tucker Stadium

Tennessee Tech University's Tucker Stadium has been home to the TSSAA State Football Championships since 2009.

The 16,500 seat stadium features a synthetic playing surface and is located about three miles from I-40.

Tucker Stadium was built in 1966 and is named in tribute to longtime Golden Eagle coach Wilburn Tucker.

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Spectator Information


Tickets are $12 for school-age children and older and are good for one day only. Ticket sales locations are located on both the East and West sides of the stadium. The Will Call booth is located on the West side of the stadium between Gates #2 and #3. Mobile tickets are available for purchase in advance at https://gofan.co/tssaa. Gates will open one hour prior to the first game of the day.


Parking is $10 per vehicle (cash only). Signage and volunteers will directly drivers to numerous lots reserved for spectators. Free shuttles will be available to transport spectators from more distant parking areas to the stadium.

Stadium Policies

Weapons, coolers, whistles, air canisters and pop-up tents are prohibited in Tucker Stadium Tennessee Tech is a tobacco free campus. Smoking is prohibited unless in a personal vehicle.

Artificial noisemakers that Tucker Stadium security personnel deem a public safety risk, public nuisance and/or otherwise negatively impact the game or the spectator experience are prohibited inside Tucker Stadium and on the Tennessee Tech campus. Drones are not permitted to be flown anywhere in the vicinity of the stadium.

Handicap Accessibility

Primary handicap parking is on the Northwest side of Tucker Stadium and patrons should enter this parking area from 12th Street. Wheelchair bound patrons sitting on the West side of Tucker Stadium (home side) should enter through Gate 2 and the wheelchair ramp is on the North side of West Stadium with seating along the front rail of the stadium. Wheelchair bound patrons sitting on the East side of Tucker Stadium (visitors side) should enter through Gate 4 and the wheelchair ramp is on the South side of East Stadium with seating along the front rail of the stadium.

Area Information

Visit CookevilleChampions.com for hotel, restaurant, and other area information.

Media Information

Media outlets inquiring about credentialed access to the championships should contact Matthew Gillespie or complete the online credential request form.

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