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Montevallo at Munford
Pell City vs Montevallo at Munford
ALEXANDRIA AT TALLADEGA ON THURSDAY, AUGUST 23RD KICKS OFF FNN HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL LIVE GAME COVERAGE FOR 2018 SEASON
The Friday Night Network returns to Mary Dumas Stadium for the first time in two years to kick off our 7th season of live streaming local high school football games.
It should be quite a night as Alexandria begins the next chapter in the "Ginn Era" out in the valley as Todd Ginn takes over as the Valley Cubs' head coach.
"Everyone in this part of Alabama knows of the legacy of Larry Ginn, and now, Todd, his son, steps in to take over. There's a lot of anticipation in Alexandria for this and it's going to be exciting for us to bring everyone his first game at the helm of the Cubs," said FNN Executive Producer, Jim Jacobs.
While this will be a big night for Alexandria fans, it's also a big night for Talladega's Ted Darby as prior to kickoff, he'll be presented with FNN's 2017 Coach Of The Year award.
"Our Coach of the Year Award is the highest honour we give an individual each season. Coach Darby had an amazing run last year, resurrecting the Talladega football program and returning the Tigers to the playoffs for the first time since 1995. What Darby and that team did energize the Talladega community once again for high school football. It was something special to watch, " added Jacobs
St Clair County at Childersburg
PRESEASON ASWA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL POLL RELEASED - SEVERAL LOCAL TEAMS IN EARLY SEASON SPOTLIGHT
To nobody's surprise, Hoover begins the year ranked #1 in Class 7A. Thompson begins at #2 while Hewitt-Trussville comes in 5th. Gadsden City, the only 7A team from our area received two votes to place 6th in the "Others Receiving Votes" section.
The Oxford Yellow Jackets punched their slot in the pole at #4 in Class 6A. Defending 6A State Champ Pinson Valley begins at #1, while region foe Clay-Chalkville slots in at #5. With #1, #4 and #5 all from Region 6, this should be interesting to watch. Oxford hosts Pinson Valley on September 21st and travels to Clay-Chalkville on October 19th. Pinson Valley and Clay Chalkville meet the week prior to the Pinson Valley at Oxford game.
In Class 5A, defending champs Briarwood enters 2018 at #1. The only local team in the Top 10 is St Clair County, in at #6. The Saints struggled in the pre-season game at Childersburg, so they'll be one to keep an eye on early. In the "Others Receiving Votes" section, Alexandria, Munford (up from 4A) and Central-Clay County all placed. The Lions have lost coaches and Zae Britt. Put that together with the move up to 5A and an extremely tough region, it could be a tough season for Munford.
UMS Wright get the #1 nod in 4A. Hokes Bluff, coming off two back-to-back deep runs in the 4A playoffs in 2016 and 2017 leads the way locally at #5. Leeds, a Top 10 staple since 2006 didn't make it in to start the 2018 campaign, but The Green Wave leads the way in "Others Receiving Votes". Also placing are Jacksonville and Handley.
#1 in 3A goes to the runners-up last season, the Randolph County Tigers. Steve Smith's Piedmont Bulldogs, normally at the top, start 2018 at #5 while newcomer Saks begins 2018 at #6. The Wildcats dropped down to 3A from 4A and will join Piedmont and Randolph County in Region 6 this season. The Piedmont/Randolph County rematch of the 3A North semi-final is Week 3 on September 19th. FNN will televise that game from Wedowee live. The Tigers then visit Saks on October 19th. Saks plays at Piedmont on October 5th. Weaver was the area's only other team making "Others Receiving Votes" status. The Bearcats also play in Region 6. We'll see Weaver in Week 0 as they host Cleburne County.
Not much local preseason noise in Class 2A. Leroy begins the year at #1. Ohatchee, dropping back from 3A to 2A slots in at #8. We think the Indians will gradually improve on that ranking as the season progresses. Ceder Bluff (up from 1A) and Vincent both made the "Others Receiving Votes" section.
In Class 1A, the defending 2A champs from Lanett where just one vote shy of being the undisputed #1 in 1A...and why not. With most starters returning from a 15-0 2017 that brought the 2A Blue Map home, combined with dropping down in class to 1A, the Panthers look unstoppable. Spring Garden and Wadley made the "Others Receiving Votes" section.
You can view the entire Top 10 preseason poll for all classes by clicking here.
FNN's coverage of LIVE high school football begins Thursday, August 23rd from Mary Dumas Stadium in Talladega as the Tigers play host to Alexandria and their new head coach, Todd Ginn. We'll follow that up on Friday, the 24th with Weaver hosting Cleburne County. All FNN games begin at 6:30 PM with our "Countdown To Kickoff" presented by Professional Apothecary Durable Medical Equipment.
All games will be viewable FREE during the regular season here on fnnnetwork.com, on our mobile app, Facebook Live, YouTube Live, Twitter and the FNN Channel on Roku.
All games will be replayed on CableOne Channel 69 on Monday evening starting at 5:30 PM.
FNN will preview the season in a two-hour special live from Struts in Oxford on Tuesday, August 21st starting at 7 PM.
Randolph County at Ranburne
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2018 TENTATIVE GAME OF THE WEEK TELECAST SCHEDULE
Week 0 - Thursday, August 23rd - Alexandria at Talladega
Week 0 - Friday, August 24th - Cleburne County at Weaver
Week 1 - Friday, August 31st - Lincoln at Walter Wellborn
Week 2 - Friday, September 7th - Munford at Central-Clay County*
Week 3 - Friday, September 14th - Piedmont at Randolph County
Week 4 - Friday, September 21st - Handley at Childersburg
Week 5 - Friday, September 28th - Munford at Lincoln
Week 6 - Friday, October 5th - White Plains at Cleburne County
Week 7 - Friday, October 12th - Talladega County Central at Donoho
Week 8 - Friday, October 19th - Ranburne at Ohatchee*
Week 9 - Friday, October 26th - Jacksonville at Hokes Bluff
Week 10 - Friday, November 2nd - Gadsden City at Clay-Chalkville*
This schedule is tentative. All games marked with an * are pending telecast permission. All games are subject to change at FNN's discretion.
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