Preview Of 2011 Friday Night Lights

Once again, Friday Night Lights will be traveling around the Heart of Dixie to bring you coverage of Alabama High School football, with a schedule geared to check out both known Crimson Tide prospects and some not known yet, particularly underclassmen. Here's a quick look at 2011's schedule, with prospects in parenthesis:

The first Friday Night Lights of the season is actually a Saturday night. And there are names well known to Alabama fans. Later in the year there will be some FNL on Thursdays.

Saturday, August 27: An awesome double header at Hoover High, where game one features Prattville (Caleb Gulledge, others) vs. St. Thomas Aquinas of Florida (DE Jelani Hamilton); and game two pits South Panola of Batesville, Mississippi (Ole Miss commitment Issac Gross, 2013 S Tony Conner) against the host Bucs (PK Larsen Real).

Friday, September 2: Hoover (ATH Caleb Sims) at Spain Park (CB Chris Humes, 2013 LB Je'Miah Jackson)

Friday, September 9: Oxford (LB Kwon Alexander) at Clay-Chalkville (2013 WR DeAndrew Woods)

Friday, September 16: Hueytown (Jameis Winston) at McAdory (DB Marcus Turner)

Friday, September 23: Vestavia (2013 RB Stuart Jacobs) at Briarwood Christian (DB Kalan Reed)

Friday, September 30: Chelsea (2013 RB Julius McColl) at Pinson Valley (2013 WR Earnest Robinson)

Thuursday October 6: Prattville (ATH Justin Thomas, others) at Carver (2013 QB Jeremy Johnson)

Friday, October 7: Escambia County (DL Tyler Nero) at Saraland

Friday, October 14: Weaver (We'll see) at Ashville (2014 QB E.J. Moss)

Friday, October 21: Jeff Davis at Prattville (Justin Shanks)

Thursday October 27: Madison (LB Reggie Ragland) at Hoover (WR R.J. Anderson)

Friday, October 28: The Holy War, aka Holy Spirit (Bama Hoops Coach Anthony Grant's son, 2015 RB Anthony Jr.) at American Christian (led by new HC and former Tide player John Causey and QB/Houston pledge Austin Grammer, and a soon to become revealed 6-7 sleeper)

Friday, 11/5: Playoffs, with an effort to check out any prospects missed above.

It's quite the aggressive schedule, but every effort will be made to cover every game listed above. There may be a time or two when an early departure for a UA road game causes a change, but that shouldn't happen too often.

And, as always, burgers at stadiums never visited (or not for a while) will be reviewed, and, when time permits, local eateries, as well. Buckle your chinstraps and adjust your pads, ‘cause it's on like a chicken bone come August 27.

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