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WEIS Radio (100.5 FM, 990 AM) will air a record 14 regular season games and the Sand Rock Fall Jamboree featuring Spring Garden and Cedar Bluff on August 19 during the 2021 high school football season. This season marks the station’s 60th year on the air and its 38th year of broadcasting high school football games.
“Given our 60th anniversary, we had no intention of having the biggest football season ever, but it just worked out like that,” said Jerry Baker, WEIS station manager. “We want to do it right and we think it will work out really well. It will be exciting. It’s the biggest I’ve ever been on since we’ve been broadcasting live since 1984. We hope our listeners like it. “
Every game of the regular season kicks off at 7 p.m., with Nolen Sanford and a designated sending partner on the calls. The foreplay begins at 6:30 p.m.
“Nolen will be back in the booth, but Logan Maddox won’t be with us this fall,” Baker said. “He’ll probably be with us again in basketball, but he has some other options (in western Georgia). We’re trying to fill this slot with Nolen being the play-by-play announcer. I believe this is his 24th year that he will be with us. We are happy about that. He is very professional and does a great job. We will look for someone who will work with him, who will complement what he is doing. “
Fans can also check out national scores hosted by Tony Hathcock, Joey Weaver, Ty Storey and the Return of Drew Hall after every soccer game broadcast on the Buttram, Hawkins and Hopper Scoreboard Show.
“We’re excited to have Drew back on The Scoreboard Show on Friday night. He brings a lot of excitement to the show at a high level, ”said Baker. “You can’t say enough about the entire team. We all have to work together, but bringing that excitement back raises the bar a little bit. “
The End Zone Show, the station’s Thursday night high school and college football preview, will also return this season. Hall of Fame Trainer Russell Jacoway, Cherokee County Post Herald’s Editor-in-Chief Scott Wright, and WEIS Sports Director Shannon Fagan will all be returning to talk about football.
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak last year, The End Zone Show’s crew streamed their broadcast from the WEIS studio, but Baker said, “Things look like we’ll be there this year.”
“I’m not ready to reveal where at this point, but we’re talking to some people about it being broadcast live from a local venue. We’re very excited about that, ”said Baker. “Our listeners can come to us on site while they are enjoying a good meal.”
The regular season begins August 20th with Gaylesville hosting Whitesburg Christian. The Trojans won a thriller in the final by 28-21 last season.
Two longstanding rivalry games are scheduled for the following week. After a record season of 12-2 in 2020, Spring Garden will host Cedar Bluff on Thursday, August 26, under the guidance of new head coach Alan Beckett.
A night later, the Cherokee County Warriors face Piedmont in a series of 37-37-3. The Bulldogs have won the last nine games in a streak dating back to 1925, including last season’s 39-7 win.
September begins with an important Class 1A, Region 7 bout between Cedar Bluff and the defending Champion Region Valley Head at LD Bruce Field. Valley Head won a nail biter in last year’s game 20-14.
The scene moves to Warrior Stadium on September 10th as Cherokee County hosts the Anniston Bulldogs in their first home game of the season. The Warriors took a 43:27 win last season.
Sand Rock is hosting its first regular season game on September 17th against Class 2A, Region 6, Enemy Southeast. The Wildcats fell 20-7 in last year’s competition.
The following week (September 24), Sand Rock makes the short trip to Collinsville for a rivalry match outside of the area. Sumiton Christian pays a visit to Gaylesville for a regional battle on Thursday evening to close out September.
October begins with Cherokee County receiving Munford in a Class 4A, Region 4 bout. The Warriors defeated the Lions 28:26 last season.
Cherokee County’s rivals collide for consecutive weeks on October 8 and 15, respectively, as Cedar Bluff host Gaylesville and Sand Rock Spring Garden.
Southeastern travels to Spring Garden on October 22nd, then Cedar Bluff welcomes Sand Rock on Thursday, October 28th, in a rematch of their classic game from last season, won 28-27 by Cedar Bluff.
The regular season ends with the Piedmont, which hosts Class 5A Alexandria on October 29th. The Bulldogs won last year’s Death Valley fight 27-23.
But the action doesn’t end there. WEIS will play selected games during the playoffs, which start on November 5th.
“Over the years we’ve tried to develop and improve our craft,” said Baker. “We hope that we will deliver a good, high quality shipment. That is our wish. People who can’t make it to the stadium, or if they go to another stadium and want to listen, we want to deliver. We want to bring them high school football wherever they want. “