The Friday Night Lights are back.
The 2018 prep football season is upon us. Friday night marks the start of the KHSAA football season as all four coverage area teams start the season off with a home game.
We take a brief look at each one here:
NORTH ADAMS AT MASON COUNTY, 7:30 P.M.
For the second consecutive season these two will open up with one another. The Royals came away with a blowout, 68-7 victory last year, taking a 36-0 lead less than five minutes into the game. Pretty much all of that explosiveness is now gone for the Royals as they turn a new page with a fresh set of players in Jonathan Thomas’ fourth season as coach. North Adams is just in its fourth year of playing varsity football, still seeking to become an OHSAA sponsored team. They play in the Southern Ohio Independent League and went 2-6 last season according to maxpreps.com. Follow @EvanDennison1 on Twitter for game updates and highlights.
HARRISON COUNTY AT FLEMING COUNTY, 7:30 P.M.
The Panthers enter 2018 with a new face under center for the first time in three years as Jonathan Maher takes over the reigns with Josh Crump graduating. Harrison County comes off a winless 2017, but are a year older and more experienced with a lot coming back. The two haven’t faced one another since 2014, when they opened up against each other in back-to-back seasons in ‘13 and ‘14. Fleming County hopes to be winners in the opening week for the fifth straight year. Follow @JMacDonaldSport on Twitter for game updates and highlights.
SWITZERLAND COUNTY, IN AT BRACKEN COUNTY, 7:30 P.M.
The Polar Bears open up with the Pacers for the fourth straight season, hoping to have similar success from the past three, going 3-0 and outscoring Switzerland 129-46. Bracken County hopes to impose its will again with their ground attack, amassing 3,192 rushing yards a season ago, led by Tad Fisher’s 1,606 rushing yards. The defense also hopes for a similar output, allowing just a total of 2,143 yards and 13 points per game. Follow @brackencounty on Twitter for game updates.
GREENUP COUNTY AT LEWIS COUNTY, 7:30 P.M.
The 37th Paul Westerfield Bowl pits the Musketeers and the Lions opening up against each other for the sixth straight season, Greenup going 4-1 in those contests with four straight victories. The Lions hope to improve their defensive output in order to make steps towards improvement and will get tested early and often by a talented Musketeers Junior quarterback in Eli Sammons. Lewis County returns a lot offensively as they seek a much better outcome, winning just four games the last three seasons.
All four game stories will be in Saturday’s sports and online after the games at maysville-online.com/sports. Evan Dennison and Jared MacDonald will also have a postgame show available on Sunday, recapping each game with stats, post game interviews and highlights of the game they attend.