Friday Night Lights About To Come On

Friday Night Lights is almost ready to crank it up again, scouring the state’s sidelines, concession stands, and even local restaurants to bring you news of the top prep players you know about, and some you don’t. Here is this year’s schedule, which, as always, is subject to change:

Although FNL is mostly about the high school players and coaches, we are also conscious of the number one recruiting ground for Coach Nick Saban’s Alabama Crimson Tide and we’ll keep that in mind as we make our rounds. Here is this year’s schedule, which, as always, is subject to change:

Aug. 21: Wetumpka at Thompson, as new Warriors Coach Mark Freeman and senior nose guard T.J. Rayam (son of former Tide defensive lineman Thomas Rayam) open up a new era in Alabaster. It’s going to be a hot one, and not just weather-wise.

Aug. 28: Harris Co. (Ga.) at Central-Phenix City, where well-traveled Coach Jamey (cousin of Mike) DuBose and junior linebacker/top prospect Markail Benton open up their season. Let’s hope reporters get water breaks when the players do!

Sept. 4: Bye

Sept. 11: Southside at Arab, as two top juniors, running back Alaric Williams of Southside (recently committed to Auburn) and AJ McCarron-clone quarterback Daulton Hyatt of Arab square off.

Sept. 18: Pinson at Clay-Chalkville , where Tide pledge T.J. Simmons and fellow receiver Nico Collins (2017) give us a look at “high school Kevin Norwood” and “high school Julio Jones,” respectively.

Sept. 25: Prattville at Carver, as top prospect Lyndell “Mack” Wilson, who hits like the truck of the same name, tries to help his team pull off the road upset.

Oct. 2: American Christian at Gordo, as many of us remember hard-hitting former Tide linebacker Wayne Davis, and now it’s time to scout his son, Ben Davis, and the Gordo Green Wave.

Oct. 9: Dadeville at Leeds, where the visitors have safety Shawn Jennings (brother of Tide freshman Anfernee Jennings), while the home team boasts hard-running Tre Nation and quick as a cat athlete T.D. Marshall.

Oct. 16: Brookwood at McAdory, as new Panthers Coach Tracy Dunn will have his hands full up I-59 in McCalla, where the Yellow Jackets feature exciting 2017 athlete Malcolm Askew, who is squarely on the Tide's radar.

Oct. 23: Lee (Montgomery) at Prattville, as the Generals, boasting some talented youth this fall, face an always tough trip to Stanley Jensen Stadium to try and slow Michigan running back commitment Kingston Davis and company.

Oct. 29: Fultondale at Oak Grove, as Ardarius Stewart’s younger brother, two-way star Jared Stewart, will face Oak Grove, which happens to have my great-niece Krysta as a senior cheerleader.

Oct. 30: North Marion (Fla.) at Hoover, where Bucs linebacker Jeremiah Moon has committed to Florida over a grayshirt opportunity at Bama. John A. Garcia, Jr., assures me the visitors have their fair share of prospects, as well.

Nov. 6: Clinton (Miss.) at Starkville, where it’s worth the drive because Clinton athlete Cam Akers (a 2017 college running back but a high school quarterback) takes on senior dynamic receiver A.J. Brown of Starkville and his teammate, lineman Kobe Jones. All three are high level prospects.

Nov. 13: Playoffs, with the hope being Oneonta and linebacker Riley Cole survive round one. Cole, by the way, is coached by former Alabama quarterback Don Jacobs.

Nov. 20: Playoffs, teams TBA

Nov. 27: Playoffs, teams TBA

Dec. 2-5: Super 7, Bryant-Denny Stadium, an event that is always replete with prospects.

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