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FRHS 2012 Football

Sunday
April 22, 2012

With a thanks to Father Ryan High School athletic director Pat Lawson, I have obtained the tentative Father Ryan High School varsity football 2012 schedule. I'll list the schedule below and then add some thoughts.

Father Ryan High School 2012 varsity football schedule
8/17/2012: Overton (7 p.m. CT)
8/24/2012: Cane Ridge (7 p.m. CT)
8/31/2012: at Baylor (6 p.m. CT) ~
9/7/2012: at Hillwood (7 p.m. CT)
9/14/2012: McCallie (7 p.m. CT) ~
9/21/2012: BYE
9/28/2012: at MBA (7 p.m. CT) ~
10/5/2012: John Paul II (7 p.m. CT) ~
10/12/2012: at Brentwood Academy (7 p.m. CT) ~
10/19/2012: BGA (7 p.m. CT) ~
10/26/2012: at Ensworth (7 p.m. CT) ~

~ indicates a Division II-AA region game

It's the same opponents as 2011 only with home/road reversed, save for Cane Ridge who plays at Father Ryan for a second consecutive year. All games are scheduled for Friday night. Last year FRHS had six home games against just four on the road, but fortunately Father Ryan managed to get Cane Ridge to play at Giacosa Stadium for a second consecutive year to allow FRHS to have an even number of home and road games this year.

I'm slated to for color commentator duties for the webcast of the school's varsity football games for a second consecutive year this fall, and I was pleased to see two home games out of the chute on the slate since FRHS has an air-conditioned broadcast booth. Last year's designated Clinic Bowl Kickoff Classic with Father Ryan playing at Overton was on a Saturday night in the midst of a brutal heat wave.

In my broadcast career I've been on the call of sports events from some unusual places, including an Evansville road football game (before the school dropped the sport) on WUEV radio where station manager Len Clark and I broadcasted the game from a coach's office that had a partially obscured view of the field.

In short, I'm happy with the schedule. Go Irish!

For supporters of Father Ryan football making the trip to Chattanooga for the Baylor game on 8/31 who are also Notre Dame fans, it will be a tight turnaround, as Notre Dame and Navy have a game scheduled in Dublin, Ireland the next day, 9/1, with a start time of 8 a.m. CDT. Couldn't they have booked a night game instead? Whatever the case, it will be interesting to see how many fans they draw in Dublin and what kind of ratings the game ends up pulling for CBS.


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