LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The high school football season kicks off on both sides of the river on Friday night, and that means another season of "Touchdown Friday Night."
The Associated Press named the show the "Best Sports Prep Show" and once again Scott Reynolds, Kendrick Haskins and Brian Winner will join me to bring you the best high school football coverage in Kentuckiana.
Fresh off a 14-0 season that saw them claim a few National Championships, #1 Trinity kicks off 2012 hosting Brentwood Academy of Nashville, Tennessee.
"You're always excited when you have new people and that's part of the puzzle, is plugging new kids in and seeing who is going to react," Trinity head coach Bob Beatty said. "You practice and practice and then the lights go, and then the real play happens, the real TV show happens. Some people can handle the lights on Friday night and some people can't."
Trinity quarterback Travis Wright is trying to become the first quarterback in state history to three 6-A state titles.
"It would be quite an honor to know that I left my senior with one national title, possibly two, if that's even in the running this year and three state championships, but we have a long season and we're just going to work hard and take it one game at a time," Wright said.
Kendrick Haskins will watch his alma mater, Fern Creek, visit St. X, in what will be the final home opener for Tigers head coach Mike Glaser. Glaser announced last week that he retiring after this season.
"The first goal is to come together and be the best that they can be every Friday night, each week, work to make Friday night our best night of the week," Glaser said. "The other goal is to win a state championship. If we do, we do, if we don't, that's not what we want, but we want to make sure that we have made every effort we can. We've gotten as strong as we can, we've come together. It takes a lot to win a state championship. Two years ago I was a genius in 2009, I was pretty dumb the last two years, I think I'll pretty smart this year. I think I have a good chance to be a pretty good football coach this year because I have a lot of great young kids that I think are going to play very well."
Glaser has won 328 games and 7 state titles at St. X.
On the Indiana side of the river, Brian Winner will check out the first ever varsity home game for Silver Creek High School. The Dragons host Springs Valley Friday night at 7.
Thanks to some issues with their home field, the Dragons played every game in 2011 on the road.
"Last year we played, considering jv and varsity, 19 away games, and it really did take a toll on the kids. I actually believe if we had had a home field, we would have probably had a victory last year, instead of going 0-10," Dragons head coach Mike Donahue said.
Senior Layne Taylor added, "Last year it was a close game, so I think a lot of people are going to realize that this is a good chance that we're going to get our first W in over 60 years, so we're going to have a lot of fans out to watch us."
The other games that we will have for you on the big show include Manual at Central, Floyd Central at Male, New Albany at Providence, Eastern at Jeffersonville, P.R.P. at Fairdale, Ballard at Western, South Oldham at Bullitt Central, and Doss at Bullitt East.
Check out all the highlights on Friday night at 11:20 p.m. on "Touchdown Friday Night."
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