BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - It's Showtime! High school football coaches, players, cheerleaders, band members and fans all will hit stadiums throughout South Mississippi tonight.
Most games kickoff the 2015 season at 7:00 p.m. with the exception of the Shrimp Bowl at Milner Stadium in Gulfport. Long Beach and Biloxi officially square-off at 5:30 p.m. in game one of the Shrimp Bowl, followed by St. Stanislaus and Gulfport at approximately 8:15 p.m.
WLOX Friday Night Football Showdown crews will capture highlights from six areas games including action from the Shrimp Bowl.
This marks my year 36 for and I'll be running up-and-down the sidelines getting game highlights along with Tyler Bouldin, veteran photographer Rodney Billingsley who is one of the best in the business. Billingsley began his WLOX career in 1981 and became my full-time sports photographer until Hurricane Katina forced him to become a full-time news photographer. Luckily, during the high school football season Billingsley roams the sidelines getting highlights for the WLOX sports team.
Eric Lewis, one of our younger news photographers will also assist us on Friday along with news producer Dave Ray.
Just like the high school players, the WLOX Friday Night Football Showdown team has a game plan, prepared to bring you game highlights at 10;15 p.m. on WLOX-ABC and CBS.
At 10:35 p.m. you can watch the Friday Night Football Showdown Post Game Show on wlox.com. Remember you can watch the Post Game Show on your mobile device. You don't have to be at your desktop computer.
Tyler Bouldin and I will review a couple of the football games on the Post Game Show and we'll talk with coaches to get their insight on how their teams performed.
Long-time sports reporter Al Jones also will join us live in the studio along with Dave Ray and they will give their insight on a couple of the high school clashes they attended.
This is a great time of the year, a chance to watch future college football stars in action and just maybe, future NFL players.
I will always remember following Green Bay Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre in the mid-1980s when he played for his dad, Irvin, at Hancock North Central high school.
There were others including former Moss Point High and Mississippi State running back George Wonsley who later played for the Baltimore Colts. Pascagoula High and former Florida State defensive back Terrell Buckley played for a number of NFL teams and won a Super Bowl ring with the New England Patriots. I also followed Pascagoula quarterback Shane Matthews who guided his dad's team to a State Championship. Matthews played for Steve Spurrier at Florida and spent 14 years as a backup quarterback in the NFL.
who will be the next players to follow a path to the NFL?
Get out and support your local high school football teams and later watch those guys in action on the Friday Night Football Showdown and Post Game Show.