FOX Sports Southwest High School Football Friday powered by DCTF will feature four consecutive hours of live high school football programming on Friday nights spread over three shows in the 2011 season.
The new programming block will lead into two additional hours of high school football coverage on FOX Sports Southwest, which will be anchored by the network's long-running High School Scoreboard Live at midnight CT and the debut of SportsDayHS at 11:00 PM CT.
The first-of-its-kind concept will bring breakthrough coverage of Texas High School football to millions of fans around the state.
Details of the ground-breaking alliance with Dave Campbell's Texas Football magazine were announced today at the annual Texas High School Coaches Association Coaching School in Fort Worth.
Here's how it will work:
From 7:00-11:00 PM CT on Friday nights in the fall beginning with Zero Week and continuing through the completion of district competition in Week 10, game previews, updated scores, highlights and live reports from correspondents at games across the state will be shown on FOX Sports Southwest and FOX Sports Houston (or on FOX Sports Plus on nights when live professional sports events are televised on either network).
FOX Sports Southwest High School Football Friday powered by DCTF will travel to a marquee game each week and will broadcast live from a set outside the stadium. The portable 20-foot set will include several interactive booths with activities for fans, creating a festive tailgate atmosphere.
Jeff Power and Texas Football managing editor Travis Stewart will anchor the shows. Jamie Ratliff will serve as the sideline reporter and will provide updates from the game inside the stadium throughout the night. A team of Scout.com correspondents and local media members will file reports from games around the state.
"It will be a Friday football extravaganza," said FOX Sports Southwest Senior Vice President/General Manager Jon Heidtke. "It can revolutionize high school football coverage in a way that's never been done before. We'll be getting continuous reports and highlights from dozens of contributors and photographers from all parts of the state."
Using the tagline "It all starts on Fridays," the programming block will consist of three shows:
- Football Friday Live presented by State Farm (7:00-7:30 PM) – This 30-minute pregame show will preview the marquee matchup at the designated game site and other big games across the state. Fans will be invited to come out early and be part of the program as announcers highlight the game, players, coaches and even the band and drill team.
- Football Friday Blitz (7:30-10:30 PM) – Three hours of highlight footage and live reports from significant games around the state. The show will have the ability to tap into radio game broadcasts for quick updates. Correspondents will use Skype to file video reports from their games. Fans will be encouraged to send in their own updates from games they're attending via Twitter. A ticker will update scores throughout the program. It all adds up to the most comprehensive, up-to-the-minute coverage of games as they happen.
- Football Friday Overtime (10:30 p.m.-11:00 p.m.) – A 30-minute wrapup show that will recap the night's action from all areas of the state. It will include game highlights, and interviews with coaches, players and fans
"This will give fans of high school football something they have not been getting anywhere else," said Texas Football Executive Director Adam Hochfelder. "We think the Texas Football and FOX Sports Southwest partnership is going to be unique for anything in the country. We'll be able to provide a behind-the-scenes and on-site look at the games with cameras that will be providing coverage both inside and outside the stadium.
"We'll be going to games and providing this unique coverage in cities and schools all over the state, in every region, not just the metropolitan areas. It will be unlike anything seen by high school football fans in Texas."