WJBF News Channel 6 is set to begin its third season of broadcasting high school football. The station’s “Game Night Live” has aired on Thursday Nights the past two seasons. However, this season the games will be moved to Friday.
According to WJBF’s Scott Skadan, the move was made to help provide the best matchups possible. “We were just having a tough time getting some schools to play on Thursday,” said Skadan.
“We felt like our best chance to broadcast the best teams and the best games each week was to move the games to Friday. And, we are extremely pleased with the games we were able to include in this year’s schedule.”
There are 12 exciting games on the schedule, beginning with T.L. Hanna at North augusta on Aug. 23. The games will air at 7:30 p.m. each week on Channel 380 on Comcast and 246 on Wow!. Of the twelve games on tap for this season, five will feature teams from Columbia County. Also, neighboring football powerhouses Lincoln County and Thomson will each play twice on Game Night Live.
Here is a look at the games on the schedule that feature Columbia County Schools.
Aug. 30: Academy of Richmond County at Evans: Last season, Ronnie Graham ran for more than 220 yards as the Knights topped Richmond Academy 21-12.
Sept. 13: Grovetown at North Augusta: Last year’s matchup was one-sided, with North Augusta winning 42-7. However, the Yellow Jackets have beaten just about everyone in recent years, with 44 wins the last four seasons.
Sept. 27: Augusta Preparatory School at Westminster: Augusta Prep had a solid campaign a year ago, going 5-4, but they will have revenge on their mind in this matchup as Westminster beat them 34-7 last season.
Oct. 4: Evans at Greenbrier: Evans prevailed 22-21 in overtime a year ago, but Greenbrier still leads the all-time series 7-6 over the Knights.
Oct. 18: Greenbrier at Lakeside: Greenbrier leads all-time 8-7, but Lakeside’s 34-17 win last year was its sixth straight over the ’Pack.
Once again this year, I am happy to have been asked to be a part of the broadcasts and will serve as play-by-play announcer. A pair of former All-Columbia County football players will be on the broadcast team as well. Former Augusta Christian tight end Matt Lane will serve as color analyst. Lane played college ball at Georgia Military College and Valdosta State University. Greenbrier product Ryan Bowers will handle sideline reporting. Bowers was an All-American at Presbyterian College, played professionally for nine seasons, and is the owner of AthElite Sports Training Academy in Evans.
In addtion to the Game Night Live broadcasts, WJBF is partnering with The Augusta Chronicle for The Border Bowl. The inaugural game will take place Jan. 11, and will feature the top senior football players from Georgia versus the best seniors South Carolina has to offer.
The game will be played at Laney High School and will be aired live on WJBF News Channel 6. Lakeside head coach Jarrett Troxler will serve as head coach for Team Georgia, while Dan Pippin of North Augusta will coach the all-stars from the Palmetto State.