One of high school football’s budding traditions is taking things to the next level. The Kirk Herbstreit Varsity Football Series Presented by Burger King will play host to 30 teams from 11 states this year, expanding the event with four more games at Texas Stadium in Irving, Texas, in addition to Ohio sites Canton and Cincinnati.
“We’re excited to once again showcase some of the best high school football teams in the country and give these young men the chance to play on a national stage,” event namesake and ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit said.
Canton, Cincinnati and Irving will play host to 12 games Aug. 30, including an ESPN-televised showdown between Cincinnati’s own Elder and Florida powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas, the Sunshine State’s defending 5A state champion.
The 15-game slate will come to a close Aug. 31 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati – home of the NFL’s Bengals – with three games.
Seven of this year’s participants finished in the top 100 of the 2007 MaxPreps National Rankings, including St. Xavier, Ohio (No. 2), Prattville, Ala. (No. 8), Montgomery Bell Academy (No. 22), Colerain, Ohio (No. 33), Cardinal Mooney, Ohio (No. 50), Arlington Bowie, Texas (No. 61) and Georgia's Buford (No. 76).
Chicago-based Intersport has once again partnered with Burger King and Herbstreit to stage the event – arguably high school sports’ most eagerly-anticipated and highly-publicized. Tickets are available now for $14 for adults ($16 day of event) and $10 for students and youth fans ($12 day of event). Tickets can be purchased at participating high schools, as well as online at Ticketmaster.com or Ticketweb.com.
For more information on the event – including schedules and past results – visit www.herbstreitfootballseries.com.
Game Dates and Locations
Aug. 30 – Pro Football Hall of Fame Field, Canton, Ohio
11 a.m. EST Warren Howland, Ohio vs. Klein Forest, Texas
2 p.m. Canton McKinley, Ohio vs. Indianapolis Cathedral, Ind.
5 p.m. Youngstown Cardinal Mooney, Ohio vs. Covington Catholic, Ky.
8 p.m. Massillon, Ohio vs. Jordan, Utah
Aug. 30 – Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio
11 a.m. EST Cincinnati Elder, Ohio vs. St. Thomas Aquinas, Fla.
2 p.m. Middletown, Ohio vs. Warren Central, Ind.
5 p.m. Cincinnati Colerain, Ohio vs. McKeesport, Pa.
8 p.m. Cincinnati St. Xavier, Ohio vs. Prattville, Ala.
Aug. 30 – Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas
11 a.m. CST Justin Northwest, Texas vs. Woodland Hills, Texas
2 p.m. Mansfield Timberview, Texas vs. Buford, Ga.
5 p.m. Cedar Hill, Texas vs. LaSalle, Ohio
8 p.m. Arlington Bowie, Texas vs. Trotwood-Madison, Ohio
Aug. 31 – Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio
Noon EST Archbishop Moeller, Ohio vs. Montgomery Bell Academy, Tenn.
3 p.m. Huber Heights Wayne, Ohio vs. East St. Louis, Ill.
6 p.m. Lakota West, Ohio vs. St. Rita, Ill.