Joliet Catholic to face Providence on ESPNU
July, 2, 2012
By Christopher Parish | ESPNChicago.com
Tom Hauck/ESPNHSJoliet Catholic (Joliet, Ill.) running back and USC commit Ty Isaac will visit Providence Catholic on Opening Night of ESPN's High School Football Kickoff.
A showdown between two top teams in Illinois will kick off the high school football season in style as the third annual ESPN High School Football Kickoff gets underway in August.
In all, 26 teams from 15 states will play on ESPN’s family of networks from Aug. 24-26, beginning with Joliet Catholic Academy (Joliet, Ill.) playing at Providence Catholic (New Lenox, Ill.) at 8 p.m. ET on ESPNU. That game features one of the nation’s top recruits, rising senior Ty Isaac of Joliet Catholic. The USC commit is rated the nation’s No. 70 player in the ESPN 150.
Other Friday games include Minnetonka (Minn.) at Arrowhead (Hartland, Wis.) at 8 p.m. on ESPN3. Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) will play at Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) at 9 p.m. on ESPN2, and Mullen (Denver) will play at Valor Christian (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) at 10 p.m. on ESPN3.
Friday is the first of three days of coverage that also includes 18 teams appearing on ESPN for the first time as well as 11 athletes who are currently ranked in the ESPN 150. That list is headlined by Fork Union Military Academy (Fork Union, Va.) QB Christian Hackenberg, the nation’s No. 1 quarterback and No. 10 recruit in the ESPN 150. His team will play Hermitage (Henrico, Va.) at Oscar Smith High School in Chesapeake, Va. on Saturday at 3 p.m. on ESPNU.
The slate of games includes 12 defending state champions, including two games which have dueling state champions – Good Counsel against Bishop Gorman as well as Byrnes (Duncan, S.C.) taking on Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, Va.) at 7 p.m. Saturday on ESPN.
2012 ESPN High School Football Showcase Schedule
|8 p.m.||Joliet Catholic Academy (Ill.) vs. Providence Catholic (Ill.)||Providence Catholic High School||ESPNU|
|8 p.m.||Minnetonka (Minn.) vs. Arrowhead (Wis.)||Arrowhead High School||ESPN3|
|9 p.m.||Good Counsel (Md.) vs. Bishop Gorman (Nev.)||Bishop Gorman High School||ESPN2|
|10 p.m.||Mullen (Colo.) vs. Valor Christian (Colo.)||Valor Christian High School||ESPN3|
|Saturday, Aug. 25||12 p.m.||American Heritage (Fla.) vs. Cocoa (Fla.)||Cocoa High School||ESPN|
|3 p.m.||Fork Union Military Academy (Va.) vs. Hermitage (Va.)||Oscar Smith High School||ESPNU|
|3:30 p.m.||Staley (Mo.) vs. Lee's Summit West||Lee's Summit West High School||ESPN|
|7 p.m.||Byrnes (S.C.) vs. Oscar Smith (Va.)||Oscar Smith High School||ESPN|
|9 p.m.||Ensworth (Tenn.) vs. Lexington Catholic (Ky.)||Lexington Catholic High School||ESPNU|
|10 p.m.||Santa Margarita (Calif.) vs. Brophy College Prep (Ariz.)||Phoenix College||ESPN2|
|12 p.m.||Alcoa (Tenn.) vs. Maryville (Tenn.)||Maryville High School||ESPN2|
|3 p.m.||University School (Fla.) vs. Trotwood-Madison (Ohio)||King's High School||ESPN|
|7 p.m.||Gilman (Md.) vs. Moeller (Ohio)||King's High School||ESPNU|
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