ESPN to televise Norcross, South Gwinnett games

Norcross and South Gwinnett will be playing football games televised by ESPN on Aug. 24.

Their games are part of the fourth annual ESPN High School Football Kickoff series that will include 13 games televised by ESPN Networks over the weekend of Aug. 23-25.

Of the 26 teams involved, 13 of them are reigning state champions, including Georgia Class AAAAAA champ Norcross, which will face Florida Class 4A champion Booker T. Washington of Miami on Aug. 24 at 7 p.m.

South Gwinnett will play Lincoln of Florida at 3:30 p.m. at Norcross.

The Norcross and South Gwinnett games are two of only four that are on ESPN. The others will be on ESPNU, ESPNEWS and ESPN3. This is the first time that Georgia teams have been involved in ESPN’s Kickoff series.

The highest-rated college prospects in the games, according to ESPN, are Norcross defensive end Lorenzo Carter (No. 10 overall) and American Heritage running back Sony Michel (No. 17 overall), who has committed to Georgia.

Friday, Aug. 23

Gaffney (S.C.) at Northwestern (S.C.) – ESPN3

Ensworth (Tenn.) at Trinity (Ky.) – ESPNU

White Station (Tenn.) at South Panola (Miss.) – ESPN3

Good Counsel (Md.) vs. Gilman (Md.) – ESPNEWS

Saturday, Aug. 24

Apopka (Fla.) at Byrnes (S.C.) – ESPN

University Christian (Fla.) at Highlands (Ky.) – ESPNU

Lincoln (Fla.) vs. South Gwinnett – ESPN

Booker T. Washington (Fla.) vs. Norcross – ESPN

Bonneville (Idaho) at Bingham (Utah) – ESPNU

Central (Calif.) at Valor Christian (Colo.) – ESPN2

Sunday, Aug. 25

University School (Fla.) at Homestead (Fla.) – ESPNU

Beech (Tenn.) vs. Station Camp (Tenn.) – ESPN2

American Heritage (Fla.) at Cypress Bay (Fla.) – ESPN

56 comments Add your comment

Camden74

July 23rd, 2013
9:45 am

Represent, Norcross! :-)

GMom

July 23rd, 2013
10:17 am

Good Luck Norcross and South Gwinnett – REPRESENT! Go Rams!

OriginalATLien

July 23rd, 2013
2:24 pm

Todd – You spelled Sony’s last name wrong. I’m pretty sure there’s no “a” in it.

OriginalATLien

July 23rd, 2013
2:27 pm

…also, pretty sure Leonard Fournette from (my father’s alma mater) St. Aug in New Orleans, is the #1 rated player in the ESPN rankings. Lorenzo Carter is #10.

Tiger5

July 23rd, 2013
3:02 pm

@ Camden74

How are you all feeling about your new HC? From what I am told, the Camden ship should just keep sailing without missing a beat.

Camden Fan

July 23rd, 2013
3:19 pm

Camden will not miss a beat, this coach led William Raines Vikings to the only State Championship that has been produced in the public school system in Jacksonville,Fla aka DUVAL COUNTY

Todd Holcomb

July 23rd, 2013
3:22 pm

Original – You are correct, sir. Fixed on both accounts.

WildHawg2012

July 23rd, 2013
5:25 pm

Norcross rep. yo state well!! South Gwinnett Lincoln has been very tough over the years so watch out but rep anyway and good luck to u both.

WildHawg2012

July 23rd, 2013
5:36 pm

Hello Mr. Todd Holcomb. Man me and The Pack Nation ready for another fun season with u and the Ajc family!!! Really enjoyed it last year in my first year and I plan to be even more active this year.You do a great job Todd and thks in advance on the up coming season

WildHawg2012

July 23rd, 2013
5:40 pm

What’s up Camden 74!!

tiger5

July 23rd, 2013
6:15 pm

@ Camden Fan

Impressive. But IMO, being Jeff Herron’s OC for (however long) legitimizes him as a coach more than anything. Herron was (is) simply the best I’ve ever seen.

Camden74

July 23rd, 2013
7:37 pm

Tiger5…From what I’ve been told, everything’s going as expected. There are a few new people, but it’ll all work out! NG had better bring it, strong! :-D

Camden74

July 23rd, 2013
7:43 pm

WildHawg2012…I’m ready for kickoff! Looking forward to an exciting season of GHSF, and of course, the POSTING WARS!………. Release the CATS! :-D

blu eagle

July 23rd, 2013
10:16 pm

Sounds like fun games Norcross will run over booker t they are all hype.Norcross is a solid football team as they showed last year. the season is coming fast!

Anthony

July 23rd, 2013
11:32 pm

blu eagle is hilarious.

What do you really know about Booker T. Washington? They are a well coached football team that has talent across the board to compete with any team in the country. That also have numerous D1 prospects. Defensive End Chad Thomas won the top d-lineman award at the Opening (Nike) in Oregon and committed to the University of Miami this week. They also have a cornerback that committed to Miami this week. Last week their quarterback committed to Florida State. Norcross is very talented, but I doubt that they’ve ever played a team as well coached and balanced across the board as Booker T. Washington is.

This is the same program that went to South Carolina during AJ Green’s senior season and shut him out on his home field. Made dude look pedestrian.

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6AAAAAFan

July 24th, 2013
4:46 am

Wow no love for the best region in the state of georgia

Swamp Lizard

July 24th, 2013
6:59 am

Todd / STC ….. I’m so ready for some high school football !! I appreciate all the coverage.

S. Thomas Coleman

July 24th, 2013
9:07 am

To: Swamp Lizard

Thanks for the love, as always! Looking forward to it as well! Should be another fun season.

STC

graphite

July 24th, 2013
9:11 am

Seems like the Tucker kitties and the Mighty Eagles have been dissed.

Sportsnut

July 24th, 2013
11:41 am

Looking for Norcross to do what they do. I also hope South does the same. 2013 looks to be another exciting year for Georgia High School Football. Welcome back to all and good luck to you and your favorite.

blu eagle

July 24th, 2013
10:20 pm

Yea anthony,
This is same program came down to NSWR and got embarassed 30-6, so yea I know their hype well, just wait and watch!

BTW fan

July 25th, 2013
5:18 am

Blu eagle, please dont mistake a team who had lost a ton of seniors, it’s HC and its starting Qb the week of the game with this years BTW squad. Ice is back, the majority of players who have been to two FLA finals in a row and arguably the best QB in the country who is committed to FSU. Been in Ga a few years now and frankly don’t think a team in Ga has seen the likes of Ices boys…get there early, the scoring will start when the plane lands

Sportsnut

July 25th, 2013
6:00 am

@ BTW Fan == They had better come ready. Norcross will be.

Sportsnut

July 25th, 2013
6:31 am

I just took a look a BTW’s roster and they are to small. 10 players over 200 lbs. with the largest being two linemen at 280. Norcross will have their way with them. I also hope they bring more than 40 players as this will not be enough numbers. Norcross will wear them down. They do have talent and that can never be dismissed but they are going to be out of their league.

Camden74

July 25th, 2013
11:39 am

The Norcross-BTW game will be more competitive than the Grayson-Central Miami game for sure.

Camden74

July 25th, 2013
11:40 am

Which True Freshman, from the state of Georgia, will have the biggest impact in the SEC this year? :-)

ahahaha

July 25th, 2013
2:39 pm

mlk vs ely and Stephenson vs norman are going to be televised too.. look out for dekalb county

rwdekalb

July 26th, 2013
11:15 am

Great to see some Georgia teams on espn.

Jusfellofftheturniptruck

July 26th, 2013
9:01 pm

High school football. It’s the best. To quote Bart Scott “can’t wait”!!!

Jusfellofftheturniptruck

July 26th, 2013
9:07 pm

Uga, 5 yds and maybe one time out away from the big one. Falcons, oh so close to the Super Bowl. Braves, in field fly rule screwed out of playoffs. Thank goodness the GHS Red Elelphants finally delivered.
Who will step up this this year? The anticipation is almost as good as the action.

Golden Isles Fan

July 27th, 2013
9:13 am

Aug 1st everyone should be in full pads???? Camden will be fine should be another exciting year especially for region 1/6A……

GO CAMDEN WILDCATS!!!!!!!

Camden74

July 27th, 2013
12:13 pm

By the end of the day on August 24th, we should have an idea of the final 4 in GHSF Class 6A. Release the CATS! :-D

Titletown USA

July 28th, 2013
1:56 pm

It’s that time of year again…not sure what to expect from the Cats and Vikings this year…we need QBs in both directions.

fred

July 28th, 2013
2:44 pm

watch out for northgwinnett go bulldogs

Camden74

July 28th, 2013
4:28 pm

Titletown USA….Three of the top four teams from last season in R-1, 6A, will be breaking in either new QBs or have QB issues. Which team, in your opinion, takes the R1, 6A Crown this season? Release the……….CAMDEN COUNTY WILDCATS!!!! :-)

blu eagle

July 28th, 2013
10:11 pm

The only team I see that could unseat Them Red Elephants is an improved Tucker team, yea they were pretty good last year. NSWR is finally gonna take a step back, possibly, I never count them out, but this could be the year!

Northside Dawg

July 29th, 2013
2:11 am

It seems like Booker T Washington used their backup quarterback against Northside, which might account for the somewhat lopsided victory.

Sportsnut

July 29th, 2013
5:00 am

Hey 74 == Are you saying no other team that starts the season on Aug. 31 has a chance? Is the CK Classic the indicator for you? Final 4? I’m sure many teams and fans would say differently.

battleaxekid

July 29th, 2013
7:34 am

Camden74

Who is your new head coach???

bksmith14

July 29th, 2013
9:42 am

The vikings should have one of the best defenses in 6aaaaaa this year. I am very excited about that. Our offensive line should be better as well..you never know until the season starts but we certainly look better on the o line and it will be anchord by Georgia Bulldog committ and the #1 o line prospect in the state dyshon sims. We also have a new o line coach who was a coach at buford and peach county. If we can find someone who can hold the fort down at qb and a few other solid running backs to go along with ahmad brown in the backfield i like our chances to compete for region title and go further in the playoffs this year

Northside Dawg

July 29th, 2013
10:26 am

Oh ok, BTW fan already gave us the facts.

Zone3canE

July 29th, 2013
11:25 am

I hope Booker T. smashes the Norcross TALENTSNATCHERS! I’ll be at the game sitting on the Norcross side with a Booker T. shirt on, can’t wait til 8-24-13!

Camden74

July 29th, 2013
1:11 pm

Sportsnut…..What I’m saying is, if you consider the teams in the CKC and their past accomplishments, plus the fact that Norcross will be playing on the same day, there will be a statement made on August 24th. As for the teams playing on August 31, if Lovejoy, North Cobb and whomever else are playing on that date, we’ll just have to see where they’re headed. It’s almost midnight ya know! :-)

BATTLEAXKID…..The HC of the Camden County Wildcats is Welton Coffey.

BK……LOL……What can I say, except, RELEASE THE……….CAMDEN COUNTY WILDCATS!!!! :-D

Sportsnut

July 29th, 2013
4:48 pm

74, you know your track record with me is not that good. Picking and predicting, I don’t think , are your strong suits. Could go the way you are saying though. It is true that someone will make a statement with a win but that is only one game and by no means does that begin to tell what the season will look like. Good Luck.

SportsFan31313

July 29th, 2013
4:56 pm

How do Camden County Fans feel about their season this fall? Do you think that Camden County will still be there as a perennial power? Who will Region 1-AAAAAA this year?

JAB

July 29th, 2013
6:47 pm

Congrats South & Norcross., Can’t wait to for this season to get started to see my Stephenson Jaguars dominate in AAAAA…..

WildHawg2012

July 29th, 2013
6:58 pm

Not to upset anyone but region 1 AAAAAA champ will be the Colquitt Co Packers!! Now that I have put that question to rest the question is who will be second in region 1 AAAAAA!!!

bksmith14

July 29th, 2013
7:58 pm

6aaaaa will go to camden or lowndes is what my prediction is. The defense this year is looking like it will be one of the best we have had in several years and thats saying a lot bc our defense has not been bad the last 3 or 4 years. We have loads of experience everywhere on this team except behind center. That usually is not good, but we dont throw it much anyway and i know we have one very good back at least in ahmad brown #4 so we will see. the game against colquitt will tell us a lot about our team

Camden74

July 29th, 2013
9:23 pm

Sportsnut…..I beg to differ! My predictions have been pretty good. But, I must admit, my overall playoff record for last season was a bit suspect, but one of the teams I believed had a great chance to win the State Title, did! I begin each season the same way. I always expect Camden to win. Most times they do, sometimes they don’t. I still believe Region 1 6A is the best football region in the State, and they represent well, year in and year out. I’m sure you already know this, Lovejoy’s Cinderella act is over! They’ve had two trips to the big game, in two different classifications and have choked both away. So, what’s your prediction for Lovejoy? Camden is under new leadership and Colquitt is probably expected by most, to win R1, 6A . But, as usual, I’m sticking with Camden. Release the CATS!!!! :-D