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26 Teams, 13 Defending State Champions Slated for ESPN High School Kickoff


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13 Games in Nine States Across ESPN Networks August 23-25

For the fourth year ESPN will kick off the high school football season with a weekend marathon of the nation’s leading teams and recruits playing live on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNEWS, ESPNU or ESPN3 on August 23-25. Twenty-six teams, 13 of which currently hold state championship titles, will compete in the 13 games scheduled for the 2013 ESPN High School Football Kickoff.

2013 By The Numbers:

  • 17 of the 26 teams are playing on an ESPN network in the Kickoff for the first time

o    American Heritage (Fla.)

o    Apopka (Fla.) (ESPNU, 2010)*

o    Beech (Tenn.)

o    Bingham (Utah)

o    Bonneville (Idaho)

o    Booker T. Washington (Fla.) (ESPN, 2007)*

o    Central (Calif.)

o    Cypress Bay (Fla.) (ESPNU, 2008)*

o    Highlands (Ky.)

o    Homestead (Fla.)

o    Lincoln (Fla.)

o    Norcross (Ga.)

o    Station Camp (Tenn.)

o    South Gwinnett (Ga.)

o    Trinity (Ky.) (ESPN2, 2012)*

o    University Christian (Fla.)

o    White Station (Tenn.)

*previously played on an ESPN network as part of the ESPN High School Showcase


  • 13 defending state champions will compete in the Kickoff: Apopka (Fla., 8A), Beech (Tenn., 5A), Booker T Washington (Fla., 4A), Ensworth (Tenn., 2A Div. II), Gaffney (S.C., Class AAAA I), Good Counsel (Md., WCAC), Highlands (Ky., 4A), Norcross (Ga., 6A), South Panola (Miss. 6A), Trinity (Ky., 6A), University Christian (Fla., 2A), University School (Fla., 3A) and Valor Christian (Colo., 5A).
  • Three games will feature a matchup of state champions from different states:
    • Ensworth (Tenn., 2A Div. II) vs. Trinity (Ky., 6A)
    • University Christian (Fla., 2A) vs. Highlands (Ky., 4A)
    • Booker T Washington (Fla., 4A) vs. Norcross (Ga., 6A)
  • ESPN will air games from high school fields in nine states: Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee and Utah.
  • Three states – Georgia, Idaho and Utah – will have teams represented in the Kickoff for the first time.
  • 23 players featured are ranked in the ESPN 300; Nine are in the top 150:
    • No.10 Lorenzo Carter (DE, Norcross), No.17 Sony Michel (RB, American Heritage), No.25 Ermon Lane (WR, Homestead), No.32 Michiah Quick (ATH, Central), No.40 Jalen Hurd (RB, Beech), No.95 Jesse Aniebonam (DE, Good Counsel), No.126 Josh Malone (TE, Station Camp), No.140 Shaquille Davidson (WR, Gaffney), No.149 Dalton Shultz (TE, Bingham)

The 2013 ESPN High School Football Kickoff Schedule (subject to change):


Time (ET)




Fri, Aug. 23

7:30 p.m.

Gaffney (S.C.) at Northwestern (S.C.)

Rock Hill District 3 Stadium



8 p.m.

Ensworth (Tenn.) at Trinity (Ky.)

Trinity High School



8 p.m.

White Station (Tenn.) at South Panola (Miss.)

South Panola High School



8:30 p.m.

Good Counsel (Md.) vs. Gilman (Md.)

Towson University


Sat, Aug. 24


Apopka (Fla.) at Byrnes (S.C.)

James F. Byrnes High School



3:30 p.m.

University Christian (Fla.) at Highlands (Ky.)

Highlands High School



3:30 p.m.

Lincoln (Fla.) vs. South Gwinnett (Ga.)

Norcross High School



7 p.m.

Booker T. Washington (Fla.) vs. Norcross (Ga.)

Norcross High School



9 p.m.

Bonneville (Idaho) at Bingham (Utah)

Bingham High School



10 p.m.

Central (Calif.) at Valor Christian (Colo.)

Valor Christian High School


Sun, Aug. 25

11 a.m.

University School (Fla.) at Homestead (Fla.)

Cypress Bay High School




Beech (Tenn.) vs. Station Camp (Tenn.)

Station Camp High School



3 p.m.

American Heritage (Fla.) at Cypress Bay (Fla.)

Cypress Bay High School


ESPN will continue to air the best high school teams and players throughout the season with the ESPN High School Showcase. The full 2013 schedule will be released at a later date. The ESPN High School Football Kickoff and ESPN High School Football Showcase are produced in conjunction with Paragon Marketing Group.


Media Contact: Gracie Blackburn, ESPN,