Posted: 5:21 pm Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

Dwyer invited to play in ESPN’s Herbstreit game 

By Jason Lieser

The Dwyer Panthers have been invited to kickoff their season at the 2010 Kirk Herbstreit Football Series in Ohio and school administrators are considering the offer, a source said.

The Herbstreit games, named for the ESPN college football analyst, usually take place the final weekend of August or the first weekend of September. Dwyer’s opponent has not yet been finalized, but the Panthers will play at Ohio Stadium in Columbus.

The only drawback to playing in the Herbstreit game is that it presents a scheduling conflict. The Panthers tentatively were slated to visit Glades Central in Week 1 of the regular season (the teams opened 2009 at Blum Stadium), but now will not be available.

Glades Central coach Jessie Hester said Sunday that Dwyer representatives have contacted him about rescheduling and he hopes to keep the Panthers on his schedule.

Dwyer coach Jack Daniels has not returned messages seeking comment on the Herbstreit game or the Glades Central game.

A spokesperson for the Kirk Herbstreit Football Series said teams and match-ups still are being finalized, but there will be four games in Columbus televised by ESPN or ESPNU. Two games will be Sun., Sept. 5 and the other two will be the following day.

There will also be four games in Arlington, Texas at the Dallas Cowboys’ new stadium Sept. 6 — all which will air on Fox Sports Net. Hester said there is a possibility Glades Central will play in one of those match-ups.

Fort Lauderdale-St. Thomas Aquinas played in the Herbstreit series each of the past two seasons, winning in Columbus last August and in Cincinnati the previous year.