High school football fans in South Florida may be missing the excitement of live game action this year, due to attendance restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic and a delayed start to the season. But anyone in the country who wants to watch the biggest game in Broward County this week will be able to tune in.
Friday’s American Heritage vs. St. Thomas Aquinas' match up will be featured on ESPN2 at 8 p.m.
It’s the first nationally televised game between two Broward teams since American Heritage played Chaminade-Madonna on ESPNU in 2017.
Both Aquinas and Heritage are coming off wins. The Patriots beat rival Cardinal Gibbons 23-17 at home, while the St. Thomas Raiders beat DeLand 31-7 on the road. American Heritage is 4-1, and St. Thomas is 2-1.
The Raiders began and ended their 2019 season on national television, playing California De La Salle in their season opener and closing the season Hawaii’s Saint Louis High in a bowl game. Both aired on an ESPN network.
St. Thomas has played on national television 20 times. American Heritage has been featured on national television five times, according to Patriots athletic director Karen Stearns.
The Raiders and Patriots last squared off in 2014, and that game ended with a St. Thomas win. That game was broadcast on Fox.
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