Boardman Spartans fans are being asked to wear maroon to the big Thursday match-up against Canton McKinley. FOX Sports Ohio’s Emmy-Award winning coverage of high school football will broadcast the game beginning at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21 live from Spartan Stadium.
As FOX Sports' High School Game of the Week, the Halftime Report will break down the first half of the game, offer insights in preparation for the second half and feature the marching bands’ halftime performances. Immediately following the game, the post-game edition of High School Football Live will feature highlights, player interviews and analysis.
The game will stream live on www.foxsportsohio.com/pages/neohio_hssports'>www.foxsportsohio.com/pages/neohio_hssports, where fans can interact with each other through an in-game chat, presented by hhgregg, and ask questions of the FOX Sports Ohio broadcasters. Select questions will be recognized and answered live during the telecast. Videos of the game in its entirety will also be available on FOXSportsOhio.com.
Boardman coach DJ Ogilvie has reconstructed the house that Bernie built into a blue collar unit that relies heavily on trench warfare, but they’ll bring a versatile arsenal in 2010. Junior Dayne Hammond, at 6 feet, 6 inches, is a wide receiver in the mold of his brother, Wisconsin star Chase Hammond. Last year's starting running back Tyler Walls returns after an early season-ending injury. His replacement, rusher Nick Bounovalanta, returns as well as rising upperclassman Devin Campbell to give the Spartans unprecedented backfield depth. Boardman hopes to build on their 2009 playoff appearance and beating nationally renowned McKinley would be a major step toward doing just that.
McKinley is a fixture at the top of the Federal League food chain and re-established its Region 2 dominance in 2009, rolling Boardman for the sixth straight season and reaching the regional finals. The Bulldogs should be one of the heavy favorites for state playoff glory again this season as talent and depth abound in hall of fame country. It starts with a pair of beastly defensive ends, five-star Ohio State commit Steve Miller and rising junior Se’von Pittman. Junior Chris Wright will patrol the secondary in the event an opponent can actually get a pass off. Offensively, McKinley boasts one of the best young lines in the state, with no less than three underclassmen already being mentioned as bigtime recruiting targets. They’ll pave the way for QB Kyle Ohradzansky,who passed for 1,500 yards and 20 touchdowns in ’09. Elijah Farrakhan contributed 800 yards and seven touchdowns to a 3,000 yard rushing attack last season.
FOX Sports Ohio’s event staff will be on site, offering fans the opportunity to participate in activities and win prizes. Through the “Pledge 2b Safe” campaign, the network and the Ohio Department of Public Safety will be giving students and parents of both schools the chance to sign a pledge banner, stating they will not text message while driving. Following the game, the schools will be given their signature-filled banner to display.