FOX SPORTS 1 SHINES LIGHTS ON BEST HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL TEAMS IN THE COUNTRY LIVE THIS FALL
From Texas to Florida and California, Seven-Episode Series Premieres Aug. 23
New York -- Few sporting events evoke as much nostalgia and generational passion as Friday night high school football games. Beginning Aug. 23, FOX HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL heads to towns across the nation, showcasing the greatest prep players on FOX Sports 1, America's new sports network, debuting Aug. 17.
The seven-episode series showcases the nation's best high school football teams as they battle their fiercest foes. From Texas to California, Ohio, Florida, Arizona, Nevada, New Jersey and Louisiana, the blood, sweat and tears of the gridiron light up the night on high school fields where football is the unequivocal king.
"High school football is a way of life in so many corners of the country," said Mike Connelly, FOX Sports Networks SVP, Executive Producer. "The sport is truly tribal to their communities. That's where these young men gut it out every day for the sheer love of the game and the dream of playing ball after high school. FOX Sports 1 shows just how dedicated these kids are, how agonizing their defeats and sweet their victories, in what also could be a glimpse at next year's college superstars."
Calling the action on the field are MLB on FOX play-by-play announcer Daron Sutton and analyst Ben Leber, a former NFL linebacker who also is part of FOX COLLEGE FOOTBALL on FOX College Sports (FCS).
FOX HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL encapsulates the electric atmosphere inherent in high school games across the country and the pride teams foster within their respective communities. The series highlights powerhouse squads that travel state-to-state and the significance of each to its town, state and region.
Six cameras, including an "X-MO" and super-slow-motion camera, follow all the action. Other production elements include FX microphones that capture sound on the field and a graphically superimposed 1st & 10 line, among others.
Following are FOX HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL matchups and airtimes
(all times LIVE, Eastern and subject to change):
Game 1: Mountain Pointe (Ariz.) vs. Bishop Gorman (Nev.); Aug. 23 at 10:00 PM
Game 2: John Curtis (La.) vs. Bergen Catholic (N.J.); Sept. 6 at 7:00 PM
Game 3: Teams TBD; Sept. 19 at 8:00 PM.
Game 4: Edison (Calif.) vs. Mater Dei (Calif.); Sept. 27 at 10:00 PM
Game 5: St. John Bosco (Calif.) vs. Santa Margarita Catholic (Calif.); Oct. 11 at 10:00 PM
Game 6: Teams TBD; Oct. 17 at 7:00 PM
Game 7: Cypress Bay (Fla.) vs. St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.); Oct. 18 at 7:00 PM
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About FOX Sports 1
FOX Sports 1 is a new national 24-hour multi-sport channel launching on August 17 and boasts nearly 5,000 hours of live event, news and original programming annually. The channel has seven pillar sports: college basketball and football, MLB (in 2014), NASCAR, NFL (ancillary programs), soccer and UFC. College football is highlighted by regular season coverage of Big 12, Pac-12 and Conference USA games, while the college basketball spotlight shines on the Big East, Big 12, Pac-12 and Conference USA and the Big East men's basketball tournament. Starting in 2014, select MLB League Championship Series and Division Series games as well as regular season games are coming to the channel. FOX Sports 1 also carries select NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events beginning in 2015; NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races; the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race; and all Speedweeks coverage, including Daytona 500 Qualifying, Sprint Unlimited at Daytona, (2014, 2017-22) the Budweiser Duel, and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NCWTS Practice and Qualifying sessions. Additionally, FOX Sports 1 carries NASCAR RACEDAY, NASCAR VICTORY LANE and RACE HUB shows. The channel also carries the world's most prolific club soccer competitions, like UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and CONCACAF Champions League, along with the world's oldest soccer competition, the FA Cup; plus CONCACAF Gold Cup; CONCACAF Qualifiers, EURO 2016 Qualifiers; 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers; FIFA Women's World Cup in 2015 and 2019; FIFA Men's World Cup in 2018 and 2022. In addition to Saturday pay-per-view preliminary cards, Wednesday nights are home to the UFC with UFC TONIGHT, live events and THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER. In Feb. 2014, FOX Sports 1 partners with The Jockey Club for newly created package of nationally televised races featuring the leading horses in the country. FOX SPORTS LIVE is FOX Sports 1's flagship 24/7 news, opinion and highlights program, providing around the clock coverage through regularly scheduled programs, hourly updates and an information rich ticker. Original programs include: FOX FOOTBALL DAILY, CROWD GOES WILD, a new live sports entertainment talk show hosted by Regis Philbin; and the groundbreaking BEING: documentary franchise. FOX Sports GO, a groundbreaking authenticated mobile sports experience for iPhone, iPad, Android devices and the web, serves as the channel's digital extension. The app offers more than 1,100 live games and events from cross FOX Sports, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports' 22 regional sports networks, as well as scores, highlights, news, stats and analysis. For more information visit www.FOXSports.com/FOXSports1.