The 10th season of “Friday Night Live,” where a Bulloch County high school football game is streamed live each week on statesboroherald.com, kicks off the 2017 season Friday at Statesboro High School.
The Blue Devils will be led by new coach Jeff Kaiser when they play host to Burke County. It will be the first of nine regular-season games streamed on “Friday Night Live” in 2017.
“The start of high school football season seems to get bigger each year, and we’re looking forward to our best season yet,” said Jim Healy, who begins his fifth season as play-by-play announcer at “FNL.” “There’s a lot of excitement in Statesboro with coach Kaiser coming back to the school he graduated from to rebuild the once dominant Blue Devils program. Obviously a good start against a quality opponent like Burke would be a tremendous boost.”
Statesboro Herald prep sports writer Chris Stanley will offer analysis for all Statesboro High games in the “FNL” booth in his second season behind the mic.
“I’ve watched the practices and scrimmages, and there’s reason for optimism at Statesboro High,” Stanley said. “But when the lights come on for real is when we’ll know if the optimism is justified. Still, it’s the start of a new football season. How could you not be excited?”
Portal High makes its 2017 debut on “Friday Night Live” over the Labor Day weekend when cross-county rival Emmanuel County Institute comes to the Portal Athletic Complex on Sept. 1. Located only a few miles apart, the Panthers will look to pull a huge upset.
“FNL” returns Sept. 8 with perhaps the best local matchup of the season when Screven County visits Womack Field to take on the Blue Devils. Screven got off to a great start last week in the Erk Russell Classic with a dominating win over a highly ranked Bluffton, South Carolina, team. The Gamecocks won the Class AA state title back in 2002 and may have their strongest team since that squad.
Southeast Bulloch, which has made the state playoffs three of the past four seasons, plays its first game on “Friday Night Live” Oct. 6 against Johnson of Savannah at Fred Shaver Field. Former Statesboro High coach Steve Pennington is now leading the Yellow Jackets.
For a complete schedule of “FNL” games, see page X.
In addition to watching the games on a PC, laptop or tablet, games are available to stream live on your smartphone and even your big-screen television if it can be connected 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 on whatever device you watch the game,” Healy said. “It should be another great season.”
“Friday Night Live” goes on the air on statesboroherald.com at 7:20 p.m. each Friday, with kickoff at 7:30 p.m.
2017 “Friday Night Live”
Friday Burke County at Statesboro
September 1 ECI at Portal
September 8 Screven County at Statesboro
September 22 Appling County at Statesboro
September 29 Savannah Country Day at Portal
October 6 Johnson at Southeast Bulloch
October 13 Ware County at Statesboro
October 27 South Effingham at Statesboro
November 3 Windsor Forest at Southeast Bulloch