The eighth season of “Friday Night Live,” where a Bulloch County high school football game is streamed live each week on statesboroherald.com, kicks off the 2015 season the same way 2014 started – with a special Saturday night edition.
The 2015 Friday Night Live season opens Saturday with Statesboro High playing Burke County in the Erk Russell Classic at Paulson Stadium. Hall of Fame announcer Nate Hirsch will call the play-by-play action for the opener and for all Statesboro High home games during the 2015 season. Hirsch joined the Friday Night Live team in 2014.
“The start of a new season is always exciting,” 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. “All our Bulloch teams are looking forward to excellent seasons. Statesboro is a perennial powerhouse and they had a tough season last year, so you know they’ll be looking to get off to a strong start on Saturday.”
The Statesboro-Burke County opener begins the 12-game slate of Friday Night Live action. The following week, Southeast Bulloch opens its season with a live broadcast from Fred Shaver Field on Aug. 28 against cross region rival Pierce County. 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.
(For a complete schedule of games, see page 4 of today’s paper.)
In addition to watching the games on a PC, laptop or tablet, games are available to watch live on your smart phone and even your big screen television 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.
“It’s hard to believe this is our eighth year of Friday Night Live,” said Healy, who is operations manager for the Statesboro Herald.
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.
“This year, our producer Matt Bankhead has really improved our graphics and the picture will be sharper than ever before on whatever device you watch the game,” Healy said. “These improvements will make the game more fun to watch.”