The best time of the year (in my opinion) is upon us.

The NFL preseason is underway, the college teams are hitting the practice fields getting ready for their season which begins in early September, and locally, area high school football teams are ready to take the field across the tri-state in their annual quest for a state title. For the Evansville high schools, that quest begins this Friday night.

A couple of teams, such as Mater Dei and Central will be looking at new quarterback's under center after losing multi-year starters to graduation. The same applies to other positions across the roster. Mater Dei in particular lost 22 players from last year's Class 2A state runner-up squad, seven of them being three year starters.

Others, like the Castle Knights who went undefeated in the regular season, but were knocked out of the state tournament in the sectional round, return nearly everyone from last year's team and should be a dominate force in Class 5A. Meanwhile, Reitz, Harrison, Bosse, and Memorial will look to build on the lessons learned from last year in an effort to improve their standing within the Southern Indiana Athletic Conference (SIAC), while North will finally get to play on their very own home field at their new location in northern Vanderburgh County after sharing home field with Central for the program's entire existence.

All in all, it should be another great year for Evansville high school football and you can catch all the action on 106-1 KISS-FM's sister-station, Newstalk 1280 featuring play-by-play from Jimmie Ford, and yours truly handling color commentary duties.

Newstalk 1280 High School Football Broadcast Schedule:

*Kick-off at 7pm Evansville time , pre-game show beginning at 6:30 unless otherwise noted.

**All games can also be heard online at

Friday, Aug. 17th: Mater Dei vs. Heritage Hills at Reitz Bowl
Friday, Aug. 24th: Mater Dei vs. Central at Central Stadium
Saturday, Aug. 25th: Reitz vs. Louisville Central at Papa John's Stadium - Pre-game at 9:30am, Kick-off at 10:00am
Friday, Aug. 31st: Reitz vs. Castle at Reitz Bowl
Friday, Sept. 7th: Reitz vs. Central at Reitz Bowl
Friday, Sept. 14th: Reitz vs. Harrison at Reitz Bowl
Saturday, Sept. 15th: Mater Dei vs. North at Reitz Bowl - Pre-game at 1:00pm, Kick-off at 1:30pm
Friday, Sept. 21st: Mater Dei vs. Bosse at Reitz Bowl
Friday, Sept. 28th: Reitz vs. North at Reitz Bowl
Friday, Oct. 5th: Mater Dei vs. Castle at Castle Stadium
Friday, Oct. 12th: Reitz vs. Mater Dei at Reitz Bowl

Oct. 19th - Nov. 24th: Sectional, Regional, Semistate, State Finals (Teams and times TBD)

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