The 18th season of ABC 33/40's Friday Night Blitz will kick off Friday night as the regular season openers for high school football teams around the state get underway.
Host Mike Raita and al.com high school sports writer Jeff Sentell will be live from the Hoover Met, where Blitz Gameday will preview the much-anticipated matchup between the Hoover Bucs and Colquitt County (Ga.), led by former Hoover coach Rush Propst.
Propst, who went 115-12 in nine seasons at Hoover before he was forced to resign amid scandal in 2007, is in his sixth season as head coach of the Packers. Colquitt County is ranked No. 2 in Class 5A of the Georgia High School Association and the team is coming off a 10-4 season in 2012, which included a state semi-final appearance.
Hoover enters the season right where it left off in 2012 -- the top-ranked team in the AHSAA Class 6A rankings. The Bucs took down Opelika to win its second state title under head coach Josh Niblett, who took over for Propst in 2008 and has guided Hoover to five straight state title appearances.
Watch Blitz Gameday live on ABC 33/40 immediately following a shortened 6 p.m. newscast. You can watch it live online here.
Be sure to download the new ABC 33/40 Sports App to keep up with all the high school football action this season. To download the app for your Apple device(s), click here. For the Android app, click here.
Week one matchups to be featured on Friday Night Blitz:
Colquitt County (Ga.) at Hoover
Pickens County at Fayette County
Northside at Berry
Mountain Brook at Tuscaloosa County
Calera at Holt
Saks at Walter Wellborn
Carrolton (Ga.) at Oxford
Florence at Gadsden City
Westbrook Christian at Glencoe
Cullman at Walker
Oakman at Parrish
Lincoln at Leeds
Oak Mountain at Shades Valley
Pinson Valley at Oneonta
Gardendale at Minor
Tarrant at McAdory
Hewitt-Trussville at Clay-Chalkville
Center Point at Huffman (Lawson Field)
Mortimer Jordan at Pleasant Grove
Wenonah at Midfield
Paul Bryant at Pelham
Austin at Spain Park
Vestavia Hills at Homewood