The high school football regular season kicks off this Friday night. While last week’s games did not count in the official standings, the “Kickoff Classics” did provide coaches and players a dress rehearsal for the next three months of hard-hitting, competitive football to be played in Sarasota and Manatee counties.
Districts have been reshuffled this season by the FHSAA, the governing body of high school athletics in Florida.
The new districts are:
8A DISTRICT 7
Palm Harbor University
7A DISTRICT 10
Braden River (Bradenton)
Lakewood Ranch (Bradenton)
7A DISTRICT 11
Charlotte (Punta Gorda)
Riverdale (Fort Myers)
6A DISTRICT 7
Dixie Hollins (St. Petersburg)
5A DISTRICT 13
DeSoto County (Arcadia)
3A DISTRICT 6
Bishop Verot (Fort Myers)
Cardinal Mooney (Sarasota)
Sarasota/Bradenton high school football schedule for Friday, August 30:
DeSoto at Lake Region, 7 p.m.
North Fort Myers at Braden River, 7:30
Charlotte at North Port, 7:30 p.m.
Lemon Bay at Port Charlotte, 7:30 (Game broadcast WENG radio with Rich “Spitz” Spedaliere)
Riverview at Bayshore, 7:30 p.m.
Southeast at Lakewood Ranch, 7:30
Bradenton Christian at Out-of-Door Academy, 7 p.m.
Venice at Palmetto, 7:30 p.m.
LaBelle at Cardinal Mooney, 7 p.m. (Game broadcast WSRQ radio with Ian Dooley)
Saint Stephen’s at Calvary Christian, 7:30
Sarasota at Booker, 7:30 p.m. (Game broadcast Spreecast.com with Doug Miles and Ed Schneider)
IMG at Olympia, 7:30 p.m.
Imagine at Community School of Naples, 7 p.m.
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