We are almost a week from the official start of our High School Football broadcasts for the 2017 season. All the area teams are gearing up in what should be another exciting season on the gridiron.

Most of this year's changes for the schools are in the area, as Athens shifts to the South Central Athletic Association and Bronson filling the void left behind in the Big 8.

Among the 8-Man squads, the Southern Michigan 8-Man League is a full eight teams. Bellevue joins the conference for their first year in 8-Man, along with North Adams-Jerome (another first year team) and Camden-Frontier after playing an independent schedule last year. St. Philip has won the conference title last four seasons. It will also the first time since 2013 that the conference has had eight teams.

Of course nothing has changed here, as Jim Hughes and I will be back in the booth for the third year together. There are several games on the docket that should be fantastic battles for the city squads. Here's our current schedule, with games subject to change. Broadcast times are 6:35pm unless noted.

Week 1
Thursday, August 24th - Portage Northern at Lakeview
Friday, August 25th - Harper Creek at Gull Lake

Week 2
Thursday, August 31st - Parma Western at Pennfield

Week 3
Friday, September 8th - Lakeview at Battle Creek Central

Week 4
Friday, September 15th - Marshall at Pennfield
Saturday, September 16th - Webbeville vs. St. Philip (8-Man)

Week 5
Friday, September 22nd - Pennfield at Harper Creek

Week 6
Friday, September 29th - Jackson Northwest vs. Pennfield

Week 7
Friday, October 6th - Mattawan vs. Battle Creek Central
Saturday, October 7th - Tekonsha vs. St. Philip - 1:06pm Pregame (8-Man)

Week 8
Friday, October 13th - Harper Creek at Marshall
Saturday, October 14th - Litchfield vs. St. Philip (8-Man)

Week 9
Friday, October 20th - TBA