Friday Night Blitz: Week 1 lineup of high school football coverage

      Hoover head coach Josh Niblett. (

      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 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.

      Link:{} Sentell's in-depth profile of Rush Propst and his return to Hoover

      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