Spectrum Cable has announced its lineup for the High School Football Game of the Week, which returns September 1. There are, however, some changes from past years.
For one, there will be a pre-game show in the studio, anchored by Spectrum News' sports director Marisa Jacques, who also anchors their Sports Night report on weeknights. Also, there won't be just one game on the docket each week. If you go to Spectrum's website, you'll be able to choose from three additional games that will stream live online.
For Troy High alumni such as ye scribe, there will be three opportunities to see the defending Class AA State champs during the regular season. The first two will be online options, starting with the September 15 road game at LaSalle, and then the Homecoming game the following week vs. Bethlehem. Two weeks later, coach Bob Burns' Flying Horses travel to Latham for a rematch of the Class AA title game vs. Shaker. That will be shown on Spectrum Cable channels 1, 9, & 200 (Spectrum discontinued the regional sports channel a while back). Due to the pre-game show, kickoff is being pushed back to 7:15 pm (ET). Troy beat Shaker twice last year en route to the state title, so the Blue Bison will be looking for payback. The later start will enable fans extra time to make it to the game in time for kickoff.
Our High School Fridays feature returns September 1 as well, as Troy will open at home vs. Columbia, one of just three home games in the regular season.