After a successful debut, WACH Fox will broadcast high school football games for a second year.
The television network released its 10-game Sonic Friday Night Rivals schedule, which will begin on Aug. 19 with Gray Collegiate at Gilbert. The games will be carried on WACH’s digital channel on Time Warner Cable 57.2 and 1250. Games also will be streamed online at www.wach.com.
“It was pretty awesome last year, a lot of excitement for the players and coaches. They loved seeing the games on TV. It was great success in year one, and we hope it is a success this year,” WACH Fox Sports Director Corey Miller said. “Gotta thank Sonic for sponsoring again. Our relationship with them is amazing. Sonic really does a great job in the community and is focused on kids. They are committing to highlighting our youth.”
Miller, who played at South Carolina and in the NFL for eight seasons, will handle play-by-play duties and be joined by former Gamecock quarterback Syvelle Newton. Miller said he and Newton have a good relationship, and thinks their years of playing the game help during the broadcasts.
Courtney King will handle sideline duties and halftime features.
The winning team will receive a trophy following the game. In addition to the games, a pep rally will be held at the host school on the morning of the game, and WACH Fox will do a live shot from the location on its Good Day Columbia morning show.
Nine of the 10 games will be played on Friday nights, with the lone Thursday night contest being Lexington at A.C. Flora. The Wildcats and Falcons appear twice on the schedule. Lexington also will be on when it hosts Irmo on Sept. 23, while A.C. Flora’s region opener against Orangeburg-Wilkinson will be on Sept. 30.
Twenty-two schools from all five classifications will be featured, including 12 schools that weren’t shown last year.
The games will be one of three high school-focused telecasts on the network. The other two are Chick-fil-A Overtime on Thursday and the Fifth Quarter on Friday nights. Both will air at 11 p.m.
Chick-fil-A Overtime focuses on upcoming week’s matchups and gives the players and teams to look out for that week. The Fifth Quarter will air Friday nights and recap the night’s football action. It will be hosted by new weekend sports anchor Mike Uva.
The network will continue to produce Chalk Talk on Mondays, which focus on South Carolina athletics. A new show, Solid Orange, will air on Wednesdays at 11 p.m. and be dedicated to Clemson athletics.
WACH Fox Sonic Friday Night Rivals schedule
Aug. 19 – Grey Collegiate at Gilbert
Aug. 25 – Lexington at A.C. Flora
Sept. 2 – Lower Richland at Airport
Sept. 9 – Laurence Manning at Cardinal Newman
Sept. 16 – Saluda at Batesburg-Leesville
Sept. 23 – Irmo at Lexington
Sept. 30 – A.C. Flora at Orangeburg-Wilkinson
Oct. 7 – Fairfield Central at Camden
Oct. 14 – Spring Valley at River Bluff
Oct. 21 – Fox Creek at Keenan
Oct. 28 – Newberry at Mid-Carolina
Nov. 4 – Socastee at Sumter