It’s Friday so that means it’s time to hit the road for another week of high school and college football action, and as always, we’ve got some big contests on tap. This weekend will find us in Maryland, Virginia, Tennessee and Texas taking in everything from high school to major college action including three different levels of NCAA competition.
Just like you, we’ll also be keeping our eyes on all the action around the country although there aren’t many premier match-ups at the major college level. There is at least one, however, and we’ll be there on the sidelines. Read on.
Anderson County (Clinton, TN) Mavericks at Oak Ridge (TN) Wildcats
Oak Ridge, Tennessee
TSSAA (TN) HFB
7:30 p.m. ET Friday, September 9, 2016
It all kicks off here Friday night when the Anderson County (Clinton, TN) Mavericks pay a visit to Oak Ridge (TN) to face the Wildcats. The angle for us? Well, that would be Oak Ridge wide receiver Tee Higgins, the No. 1 prospect in the state of Tennessee’s Class of 2017. Higgins, a 5-star recruit, is ranked No. 17 overall nationally and is currently committed to Clemson which is making deep inroads into Tennessee during the 2017 recruiting cycle. Three of the state’s Top 6 recruits are already committed to the Tigers, but none are bigger than Higgins. He’s on the short list at the receiver position to make our College Football America Yearbook Class of 2017 Freshman All-America team, and with a big performance tonight, it would be hard to leave him off the team.
White Oak (TX) Roughnecks at Spring Hill (Longview, TX) Panthers
UIL (TX) HFB
8 p.m. ET Friday, September 9, 2016
The Spring Hill Panthers were just 1-9 in 2015, and it took them only two games in 2016 to improve upon that record. The Panthers are 2-0, and even if they lose out, they’d finish with a better record this fall. Losing, however, isn’t on their minds with long-time rival White Oak paying a visit. It could be a tall order for the Panthers, however — the Roughnecks are also 2-0 after going 10-3 a year ago.
Notre Dame (OH) Falcons at UVa-Wise Highland Cavaliers
12 noon ET Saturday, September 10, 2016
No, calm down, it’s not that Notre Dame. This is Notre Dame College of South Euclid, Ohio, but they do have a football team that plays at the NCAA Division II level. They’ll be taking on the UVa-Wise Highland Cavaliers, another Division II squad located in the Appalachian Mountains not far from the point where the Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia borders all meet. Both teams opened the season with wins a week ago, and this is a Mountain East Conference game so there’s already a lot on the line.
Brevard Tornadoes at Emory & Henry Wasps
3 p.m. ET Saturday, September 10, 2016
Brevard is still a member of Division II’s South Atlantic Conference, but will begin transitioning to Division III’s USA South Conference during the 2017-18 campaign. In reality, however, Brevard is already operating with the mindset of a Division III program, and this game at Emory & Henry will give the Tornadoes an idea of where they stand against D3 competition. Brevard is 0-1 after losing to East Stroudsburg last week 49-14 while Emory & Henry is also 0-1 after a losing a 39-38 thriller to Ferrum.
UConn Huskies at Navy Midshipmen
3:30 p.m. ET Saturday, September 10, 2016
CFA Publisher Kendall Webb’s last game of 2015 was at Navy before opening the 2016 major college season at UConn a week ago. Associate Publisher Chuck Cox now heads to Annapolis, and UConn just happens to be the opponent. Both are 1-0 although Navy’s 52-16 pounding of Fordham was a lot more convincing than UConn’s 24-21 escape against Maine. One week after opening against those two FCS opponents, UConn and Navy now play for real in the American Athletic Conference opener for each team.
Tennessee Volunteers vs. Virginia Tech Hokies
8 p.m. ET Saturday, September 10, 2016
The Tennessee Volunteers entered the 2016 season a week ago against Appalachian State with very few question marks. One week later after escaping in overtime vs. the Mountaineers, there are more questions than answers when you talk about the boys from Knoxville. A lot of those questions will be answered Saturday night in the week’s premier event as the Volunteers take on their Virginia neighbors in front of more than 150,000 rabid football fans at Bristol Motor Speedway. It will be the highest-attended game in American football history so, yeah, this is kind of a big deal. At the end of the day, it’s still about football, however, and we should know by the end of the night if Tennessee is seriously a contender for the SEC title. At the same time, the game will give us a good measure of where the Hokies program currently stands under new head coach Justin Fuente who took over for long-time Tech coach Frank Beamer after the 2015 season.
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