Posted: 12:29 pm Monday, July 2nd, 2012

ESPN to broadcast American Heritage-Cocoa kickoff classic, Glades Day-Yulee update 

By Matt Porter

The first game of American Heritage’s title defense will be carried on the world’s most-watched sports network.

The Stallions’ kickoff classic against Cocoa will be part of ESPN’s coverage of high school football’s opening weekend. The game will be televised live on ESPN at noon Saturday, Aug. 25.

This is the first nationally televised game for Heritage. Expect ESPN to focus on senior Greg Bryant, an Oklahoma commit and one of the country’s top-rated running backs. This also marks the coaching debut of Stacy Sizemore, who last week was promoted from defensive coordinator after former head coach Doug Socha resigned.

Cocoa is coming off a loss to Miami-Booker T. Washington in the Class 4A state semifinals. That loss broke a three-year state championship streak that included a title-game wins over Glades Central in 2009 and 2010. ESPN carried Cocoa’s kickoff classic last year.

Also, Glades Day coach Pete Walker said Glades Day-Yulee will be carried on ESPNU. That game is scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28.

ESPN’s high school football opening weekend broadcast schedule is as follows:

Fri, Aug 24
8 p.m. Joliet Catholic Academy (Ill.) at Providence Catholic (Ill.), ESPNU
8 p.m. Minnetonka (Minn.) at Arrowhead (Wis.), ESPN3
9 p.m. Good Counsel (Md.) at Bishop Gorman (Nev.), ESPN2
10 p.m. Mullen (Co.) at Valor Christian (Co.), ESPN3

Sat, Aug 25
noon American Heritage at Cocoa, ESPN
3 p.m. Fork Union Military Academy (Va.) at Hermitage (Va.), ESPNU
3:30 p.m. Staley (Mo.) at Lee’s Summit West (Mo.), ESPN
7 p.m. Byrnes (S.C.) at Oscar Smith (Va.), ESPN
9 p.m. Ensworth (Tenn.) at Lexington Catholic (Ky.), ESPNU
10 p.m. Santa Margarita (Calif.) at Brophy College Prep (Ariz.), ESPN2

Sun, Aug 26
noon Alcoa (Tenn.) at Maryville (Tenn.), ESPN2
3 p.m. Davie-University School (Fla.) at Trotwood-Madison (Ohio), ESPN
7 p.m. Gilman (Md.) at Moeller (Ohio), ESPNU