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‘Friday Night Live’ back for 12th year
Season kicks off Friday at Portal Athletic Complex
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Friday Night Live announcers Jim Healy, right, and Mike Anthony - photo by By SCOTT BRYANT/staff

The 12th season of "Friday Night Live," where a Bulloch County high school football game is streamed live each week on statesboroherald.com, kicks off the 2019 season Friday at the Portal Athletic Complex.

The Panthers are led by coach Matt Smith when they play host to Warren County. It will be the first of 11 regular-season games streamed on "Friday Night Live" in 2019.

"The start of high school football season is always an exciting time and filled with optimism," said Jim Healy, who begins his seventh season as play-by-play announcer at "FNL." "Friday night football is a southern tradition that just keeps getting bigger. If you can’t make it to the stadium to root on your team, watching FNL is a great alternative."

Statesboro Herald sports editor Mike Anthony will offer analysis for all Statesboro High games and will be in the FNL booth for Friday’s game in Portal.

“It's the start of a new football season,” Anthony said. “How could you not be excited?"

Statesboro makes its 2019 debut on "Friday Night Live" over the Labor Day weekend when Greenbrier comes to Womack Field on Aug. 30. All the Blue Devil home games will be broadcast on Friday Night Live, including key region matchups against Ware County and New Hampstead.

FNL returns to Fred Shaver Field in Brooklet on Sept. 6 for a non-region matchup between Southeast Bulloch and Tattnall County. And the Yellow Jackets’ region games against Windsor Forest and perennial state power Benedictine will be broadcast on Oct. 4 and Oct. 25.

Bulloch Academy hopes to get off to a hot start on Saturday in the Erk Russell Classic against Pinewood Christian and they will appear twice on Friday Night Live in 2019. First, BA will welcome Westfield to Gator Alley on Sept. 20 and then John Milledge on Oct. 11.

In addition to watching the games on a PC, laptop or tablet, games are available to stream live on your big-screen television with a connection to the internet.

Statesboroherald.com was one of the pioneers in Georgia for broadcasting a live high school football game every week online, starting "Friday Night Live" in 2008.

"Our producer Matt Bankhead continues to improve the broadcast every year, and the picture will be sharper than ever before," Healy said. "We invested in a high quality new video camera last year that that really sharpened the on-screen picture and made the game-watching experience even more enjoyable."

"Friday Night Live" is on the air on statesboroherald.com at 7:20 p.m. Fridays, with kickoff at 7:30 p.m.