Friday Night Live 2015
All games: Pregame 7:20 p.m.; Kickoff 7:30 p.m.
8/22 Burke County at Statesboro (Erk Russell Classic at GSU)
8/28 Pierce County at Southeast Bulloch
9/4 Robert Toombs Christian at Bulloch Academy
9/11 Bryan County at Southeast Bulloch
9/18 South Effingham at Statesboro
9/25 Johnson County at Portal
10/2 Coffee County at Statesboro
10/9 Savannah Country Day at Portal
10/16 Bradwell Institute at Statesboro
10/23 Jenkins at Southeast Bulloch
10/30 Glynn Academy at Statesboro
11/6 Southeast Bulloch play in game
With the kickoff to high school football season only a hard-to-believe three months away, it's time to begin making plans for some football. So, let's start with announcing the schedule for the eighth season of "Friday Night Live," which streams a Bulloch County high school football game live each week on statesboroherald.com.
Like 2014, the 2015 "Friday Night Live" season will open with Statesboro High playing Burke County in the Erk Russell Classic at Paulson Stadium. And, also like 2014, Hall of Fame announcer Nate Hirsch will offer the play-by-play action for the Aug. 22 opener and for all Statesboro High home games on "Friday Night Live" during the 2015 season.
"It was a lot of fun getting behind the microphone again after all those years," said Hirsch, who is in the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame, the Georgia Southern Athletics Hall of Fame and the Statesboro High Sports Hall of Fame. "Football on Friday nights in the South is a way of life here. I'm excited about the upcoming season and watching our local athletes compete."
The Statesboro-Burke County opener begins the 12-game slate of "Friday Night Live" action. The following week, Southeast Bulloch opens its season and Region 1-AAA schedule with a live broadcast on Aug. 28. Bulloch Academy makes its 2015 debut on "Friday Night Live" with its Sept. 4 game against Robert Toombs Christian in Gator Alley. Portal Panther fans can watch their team live on Sept. 25 when Portal takes on Johnson County at the Athletic Complex.
In addition to watching the games on a PC, laptop or tablet, games are available to watch live on your smartphone and even your big-screen TV, if it can be connected to the Internet.
Joining Hirsch on the Statesboro High announcing team will be Statesboro Herald sports editor Mike Anthony and Herald sports writer Horace Holoman. Anthony has covered high school sports for the Herald since 2009. Holloman joined the Herald staff in March and has covered high school sports for several years.
For the four "Friday Night Live" games at Southeast Bulloch's Fred Shaver Field, two at Portal's Athletic Complex and the Sept. 4 game at Bulloch Academy, Jim Healy will handle the play-by-play duties.
"I know nothing is better than watching a high school game in person - sitting in the stands," said Healy, who is the operations manager for the Statesboro Herald. "But if you can't make it to the game, 'Friday Night Live' is a great way to make sure you don't miss the game. And I know a lot of alums of each school who live out of town enjoy watching their alma mater play live."
Statesboroherald.com was one of the pioneers in Georgia for broadcasting a live high school football game every week over the Internet, starting "Friday Night Live" in 2008.