This week marks the beginning of another high school football season, and a busy broadcasting season for us at KWED. Because the schedules permit, we have the rare privelege of being able to carry 14 regular season football games on the air over the next 11 weeks. That list includes all 10 Seguin games, and two apiece for Navarro and Marion. We’re always able to get the Panthers or Bulldogs on the air during Seguin’s bye-week, and that’s the case again this year when we carry Marion’s game against Goldthwaite in Fredericksburg during on Oct.1. In addition, Seguin plays three Thursday night games this season (this week vs. Uvalde at the Alamodome, Sept.2 @ Bastrop, and Oct. 7 @ Steele), so our broadcast schedule includes either Navarro or Marion on the Friday nights that follow (Navarro vs. Luling this week, Marion @ Karnes City on Sept.3, and Navarro @ Canyon Lake on Oct.8).
The Navarro & Marion games we’ll have on should make for some interesting matchups. The Panthers open their season this Friday against a Luling team that went through an emotional roller-coaster a year ago and put forth an inspired effort down the stretch after head coach Robert Dean passed away in early October. Navarro’s Oct. 8 game @ Canyon Lake figures to be a great test for the Panthers against an up-and-coming program in the newly aligned District 26-3A. The UIL’s redistricting sent Marion down to Class-2A, and the Bulldogs face a tough early non-district game against at 2A opponent when they visit Karnes City – a place that’s never easy for the visiting team to win – on Sept. 3. The Oct. 1 nuetral-site game against Goldthwaite in Fredericksburg pits Marion against Class-1A’s pre-season #1 team in the state, according to Texas Football Magazine.
Of course, it all starts with the first of what appears to be a challenging non-district slate for Seguin when the Matadors face Uvalde – a Class-4A playoff team from a year ago – in the Alamodome this Thursday. Seguin makes its first appearance in San Antonio’s largest football venue since 2006, when the Matadors bracketed a nine-game winning streak in outdoor stadiums with two losses in the dome – to San Antonio-Madison in the season opener and to San Antonio-Reagan in the bi-district playoffs. The game will also usher in the Wayne Walker era in Seguin, as the Mats’ new head coach looks to start his innaugural season here with a mark in the “W” column. Road games at defending District 25-5A (before realignment) champion Bastrop and former 27-4A opponent New Braunfels-Canyon will be tough tests, while home games against San Antonio-East Central (the last team Seguin defeated before dropping seven straight a year ago) and Austin-Anderson appear less daunting.
The broadcast crew remains intact for the 2010 season – yours truly handling play-by-play, and Mike Andrews providing color commentary. KWED Sports Director Sennett Rockers will fill in for Mr. Andrews to do color on a couple of broadcasts: The Marion – Goldthwaite game on Oct. 1, and the Navarro – Canyon Lake contest on Oct. 8.
As always, we encourage you to attend the games and support the area teams if at all possible, take your headset radio or internet-capable cell phone with you, and tune into the broadcasts. All broadcasts are streamed online at http://www.seguintoday.com, and the radiolicious ap allows you to listen on your iPhone. As usual, pre-game coverage on game night starts at 6 p.m., and on normal game nights (Seguin playing on Friday), we’ll have weekly coaches shows and preview segments for Navarro, Marion, and Lifegate in the first hour before we go live from the stadium at 7:00.