By Jerry Richmond, Sports Staff Writer

Trousdale County will make its 13th appearance in a state championship game Thursday when the Yellow Jackets take on the Peabody Golden Tide in the Class 2A BlueCross Bowl in Cookeville.

The Tide are 13-1 on the season with wins over B.T. Washington (55-0), Milan (27-26), Union City (56-14), Humboldt (72-0), Halls (51-0), Dresden (48-0), McKenzie (55-7), Trinity Christian (50-0) and Adamsville (30-0) in the regular season, along with wins over Memphis Academy of Health Sciences (42-0), Trinity (41-7), Union City (35-0) and Waverly (35-21) in the playoffs. Peabody lost to county rival Gibson County 14-10 in Week 7 of the regular season.

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Students show their support for the Yellow Jackets during a pep rally Wednesday.

“Peabody is very good, just like you would think an opponent would be in the state championship,” said Trousdale coach Brad Waggoner. “They have a very good quarterback and big, athletic running back. It will be a tremendous challenge for us.”

The Tide are led by junior running back Jarel Dickson (6-foot-1, 220 pounds), who is already receiving Division I interest. Dickson has 137 carries for 1,243 yards on the season (9.1 per carry) and has 24 touchdowns.

Peabody won the 2014 2A title, beating Marion County 34-7 in the final. Trousdale is making its first appearance in the final since winning the 2013 championship 21-12 over Adamsville.

Kickoff Thursday will be at 11:07 a.m. The game can be heard live on WTNK 93.5-FM, 1090-AM and streamed online at funradiotn.com. WUXP-30 will also televise all the BlueCross Bowl games.