Posted: 12:50 pm Friday, August 17th, 2012

Inside ESPN’s American Heritage-Cocoa game coverage 

By Jeff Greer

Last year we learned all about ESPN’s coverage strategy when it comes to broadcasting high school football, as the Worldwide Leader gave us an inside look at its Dwyer-Glades Central setup.

Greg Bryant and American Heritage will play on ESPN on Saturday, Aug. 25.

Well, ESPN is back at it this fall with an even larger schedule of games. Two local teams — American Heritage and Glades Day — will be featured as part of ESPN’s high school football series, and while details of the Sept. 28 Glades Day-Yulee matchup aren’t finalized yet, ESPN told the Post on Friday what fans can expect from the American Heritage-Cocoa broadcast next Saturday.

Heritage travels to Cocoa as part of ESPN’s kick-off weekend, with a 12 p.m. Saturday kick-off. The game will be shown on ESPN and will start up Saturday’s slate of games.

Adam Amin (play-by-play) and former college and professional quarterback Tom Luginbill (color) will call the game, the same crew that called Glades Central’s 24-10 win over Dwyer on national TV last fall. In all, there will be a crew of about 40 ESPN staffers on hand to broadcast the game, with at least five — if not six — cameras trained on the field.

The game, which is an exhibition that won’t count toward the regular-season records of either team, features two of the top running-back prospects in the state in Heritage’s Greg Bryant and Cocoa’s Tarean Folston.