11 teams in High School Football America Preseason 100 to battle on ESPN this weekend

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The 2019 high school football season is here! It will be a big weekend on TV as GEICO ESPN High School Football Kickoff jump-starts the high school football season with seven games — five of which will be head-to-head matchups between teams in the High School Football America Preseason 100.

Related: HSFA Preseason 100

Kicking-off the games on the ESPN family of networks will be the North Carolina vs. South Carolina showdown between No. 19 Dutch Fork and No. 22 Mallard Creek on Friday on ESPN2. Dutch Fork has won three straight South Carolina state championships.

Later on Friday, No. 11 St. Thomas Aquinas (Florida) takes-on California-power De La Salle, which opens the season ranked No. 23 in our Preseason 100 national rankings that are created with our proprietary algorithm.

Related: Florida leads HSFA 100 with 13 teams

Saturday’s schedule kicks-off with a game on ESPN in Miami, Florida where No. 17 Miami Central hosts No. 10 St. Frances Academy (Maryland) at Traz Powell Stadium. Then at 4 o’clock, at the same stadium, No. 21 Deerfield Beach will square-off with No. 28 Carol City in an all-Florida battle on ESPNU.

Saturday night, it will be an East vs. West battle as preseason No. 2 St. John Bosco (California) hosts No. 15 DeMatha (Maryland).

The day will wrap-up with an all-California game between No. 48 Narbonne and Buchanan in Clovis.

On Sunday, the No. 1 team in our Preseason Small Schools Top 25, Southern Columbia (Pennsylvania) travels to South Carolina to take-on Hammond. Both teams won their respective state championships last year.

Podcast: Jim Roth, head coach at Southern Columbia

Southern Columbia won a state-record ninth state title last year when it captured Pennsylvania’s 2A title. Hammond won the South Carolina Independent School Association’s AAA title.

ESPN High School Football Kickoff Schedule

Friday, August 23

6PM – No. 22 Mallard Creek (North Carolina) at No. 19 Dutch Fork (South Carolina) on ESPN2

9:30 PM – No. 11 St. Thomas Aquinas (Florida) at No. 23 De La Salle (California) on ESPNU

Saturday, August 24

Noon – No. 10 St. Frances Academy (Maryland) at No. 17 Miami Central (Florida) on ESPN

4 PM – No. 21 Deerfield Beach (Florida) vs. No. 28 Carol City (Florida) on ESPNU

9 PM – No. 15 DeMatha (Maryland) at No. 2 St. John Bosco (California) on ESPN2

11 PM – No. 48 Narbonne (California) at Buchanan (Clovis, California) on ESPNU

Sunday, August 25

2 PM – Southern Columbia (Pennsylvania) at Hammond (South Carolina)

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Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.