Another medium has officially thrown its hat into the middle of the ring of hype surrounding tonight's high school football battle between Class 4A titans Stephenville and Aledo - television.
KTXA/Channel 21, a CBS owned and operated station, has announced that the District 8-4A opener between the No. 2-ranked Yellow Jackets and No. 6-ranked Bearcats will be featured in a tape-delay broadcast as the High School Edge Game of the Week.
Due to UIL regulations stipulating that no Friday night high school football contest can be broadcast live, the recording will air from 11 p.m.-2 a.m.
Stephenville ISD Superintendent Dr. Darrell Floyd encourages fans to attend the game and support the Jackets, and to have the timers on their VCRs set to record the memories.
“We need a big crowd there to support our team,” Floyd said.
He also encouraged fans to wear white in attendance at the game. Because Stephenville is the visiting team, the Jackets will don their road white jerseys.
“I think it's a great tribute to our program to be featured on TV,” Stephenville Head Football Coach and Director of Athletics Chad Morris said. “It shows that the hard work of our kids doesn't go unnoticed, and it's a great tribute to both schools.”
While televised high school games have become the norm for the best programs in the DFW Metroplex, it is a rare treat for those involved in rural schools.
“I believe our program is certainly on par with the other high profile programs in the state, such as Highland Park and Southlake Carroll,” Floyd said. “We're very proud of our program and our school, and I think this bodes well for the community as well.”
This won't be the first time the Yellow Jackets have competed in a televised game. SHS played on live TV in its four state-championship victories in the 1990s, and was in the lime-light against Highland Park in the 2005 semi-final.
Brad Keith is the sports editor at the Empire-Tribune. He can be reached at (254) 965-3124, ext. 241, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.