LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Touchdown Friday Night kicks off the 2013 high school football season this week. For the next 15 weeks the WAVE 3 sports staff brings you high school highlights from all over Kentuckiana.
Opening night features defending class 6A state champ Trinity hosting Ensworth High School from Tennessee. The game kicks off at 8 p.m. and will be televised nationally on ESPNU.
Bob Beatty begins his 14th season as the Trinity head coach, looking for his 11th state title.
"They're hungry and they have gotten better every day that we've gotten out here, and that's our focus is let's forget the world and come out here for two hours and give us everything you have and they've done that," Beatty said.
Trinity quarterback Reggie Bonnafon has verbally committed to play for UofL.
It will be the beginning of a new era for St. X. Mike Glaser led the Tigers program for the last 31 years, but after over 330 wins and 7 state titles, he has turned over the reigns to former NFL All-Pro Will Wolford.
"Since 4th grade it's been a part of my life and it's a sport that I have grown to love and appreciate and respect," Wolford said. "To have an opportunity to command one of the best high schools in this country is a blessing."
The Tigers host Ballard at 7:30 p.m.
Central High School has been the dominant 3A team in the state over the last decade. The Yellowjackets have won three straight state titles and 5 of the last 6.
"We kind of like the challenge, but year in and year out, it's a different group, and this group doesn't want to be the group that will be remembered as the group that did not win it," Central head coach Ty Scroggins said.
Central visits Manual at 7:30 p.m.
The Collins Titans made it all the way to the 5A state title game in 2012, falling 47-0 to Fort Thomas Highlands. Collins has all kinds of firepower returning, including quarterback Lawson Page and speedy Western Kentucky commit DeAndre Farris.
Jerry Lucas and his kids started the program four years ago. "They made it to the regional championship their first year, the semis the next and then last year we made it to the state final, so obviously there's high expectations with this group, but we're excited about it," Lucas told WAVE 3.
Collins hosts Simon Kenton at 7:30 p.m.
Highly touted John Hardin lineman Matt Elam and the Bulldogs visit Seneca, after a perfect regular season in 2012, PRP opens at Doss. Holy Cross and DeSales battle it out for a new trophy, the Hibernian Cup.
Male crosses the river to face Floyd Central and Providence and New Albany face off for bragging rights.
All the highlights at 11 on Touchdown Friday Night.
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