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WTOV9 is ready for High School Football 2013

Updated: Thursday, August 29 2013, 11:15 AM EDT

In the Ohio Valley, high school football is more than a passion -- it's a way of life! That's why WTOV9 is the market leader and is the best television station in America when it comes to covering high school football.

WTOV9's high school football game plan begins way before the teams begin their two-a-day practices in the hot summer sun, and it extends well beyond the state championship games. High school football season is here, and you can always count on NEWS9 Sports to be everywhere this season.

For decades, WTOV9 has been the leader in covering high school football in the Ohio Valley. And in 2013, our coverage will be greater than ever.

This season, our coverage and dedication started in mid-June with our three separate Media Days in Wheeling, Steubenville and Harrison Central High School.  During our Media Day events, we met up with all of our 48 local high schools, interviewed coaches and players from each team, and gathered information to provide our viewers with the most complete and comprehensive coverage of high school football anywhere in the country. All of this information will be used to supply WTOV9.com and NEWS9 sportscasts with the best information possible for our viewers.

Before the players hit the field, the West Virginia Northern Community College WTOV9.com High School Football Super Site gets fans ready for the season with an exclusive section for each school's vital pre-season information with hundreds of pre-season videos, including players' and coaches' interviews and hundreds of players' profiles and photos. We’re proud to cover all of our 48 teams in our market and much, much more!

During the first week of August, after our live coverage of the OVAC All-Star Game is over, our award-winning sports team featuring sports director Don Sloan and sports anchor Rob Metzger travel to each team's summer camp to preview all 48 area high school football teams. All of these in-depth preseason previews are broadcast on NEWS9 Sports and on WTOV9.com for all to see.

This August, the WTOV9 High School Football Game of the Week is back for its 25th great year. This year's exciting regular season broadcast schedule includes 19 rivalry games! This year's broadcast season kicks off on Thursday, Aug. 29, with the McDonald’s/OVAC Kickoff Night presented by Wheeling Hospital and WTOV9.

The event will feature four big games in two great Ohio Valley cities, and all will be broadcast on WTOV9. At Wheeling Island Stadium, we will feature a double header. In the first game starting at 5:30 p.m., Harrison Central travels down the river to take on the Wheeling Central Maroon Knights, while the second game highlights the Cameron Dragons versus the Bishop Donahue Bishops. Then at the same time in Wintersville, Kettlewell Stadium hosts the Weir High Red Riders and Indian Creek Redskins at 5:30 p.m., followed by the Weirton Madonna Blue Dons and the Beallsville Blue Devils.

Again this year, the First Choice America Credit Union WTOV9 Game of the Week can also be viewed worldwide via WTOV9.com. The audience response to our Game of the Week coverage has been huge since we began broadcasting the games in 1989. WTOV9’s audience out-delivers the competition's programming by more than 400 percent. The following is our broadcast schedule for 2013. For the third week, we left this game open for our "flex" game. During the season, we will let the fans decide what the best matchup will be that week.

First Choice America Credit Union WTOV9 High School Football Game of the Week 2013

(Schedule subject to change)

Week 1
Thursday August 29 Kickoff Weekend

Weir High at Indian Creek: Airs on Thursday: 8/29 - 11:30 p.m.
Madonna vs. Beallsville at Indian Creek: Airs on 8/31 - 11:30 p.m.
Harrison Central vs. Wheeling Central at Wheeling Island: Friday 8/30 - 11:45 p.m.
Cameron vs. Bishop Donahue: Airs on Sunday 9/1/13 - 12 p.m

Week 2
Friday, September 6
Carrolton at Edison
Airs on Friday 9/6/13 - 11:45 p.m.

Week 3
Friday, September 13
Flex Game
Airs on Friday 9/13/13 - 11:45 p.m.

Saturday, September 14
Shadyside at Bellaire
Airs on Saturday 9/14/13 - 11:30 p.m.

Week 4
Friday, September 20
St. Clairsville at Martins Ferry
Airs on Friday 9/20/13 - 11:45 p.m.

Saturday, September 21
Toronto at Steubenville Catholic Central
Airs on Saturday 9/21/13 - 11:30 p.m.

Week 5
Friday, September 27
Massillon at Big Red
Airs on Friday 9/27/13 - 11:45 p.m.

Saturday, September 28
Magnolia at Wheeling Central
Airs on Sunday 9/29/13 - 12 p.m.

Week 6
Friday, October 4
Bellaire at Indian Creek
Airs on Friday 10/4/13 - 11:45 p.m.

Week 7
Friday, October 11
Buckeye Local at Martins Ferry
Airs on Friday 10/11/13 - 11:45 p.m.

Saturday, October 12
St. Clairsville at Bellaire
Airs on Sunday 10/13/13 - 12 p.m.

Week 8
Friday, October 18
East Liverpool at Oak Glen
Airs on Friday 10/18/13 - 11:45 p.m.

Week 9
Friday, October 25
Big Red at Wheeling Park
Airs on Friday 10/25/13 - 11:45 p.m.

Saturday, October 26
Steubenville Central at Madonna
Airs on Sunday 10/27/13 - 12 p.m.

Week 10
Friday, November 1
Brooke at John Marshall
Airs on Friday 11/1/13 - 11:45 p.m.

Saturday, November 2
Martins Ferry at Bellaire
Sunday 11/3/13 - 12 p.m.

Our coverage doesn’t stop there….right after the games, thousands of area high school football fans race home to catch Trinity Health System NEWS9 Sports Friday. NEWS9 Sports' Don Sloan and Rob Metzger provide you with highlights of more than 20 area games each week during the region’s top-rated high school football scores and highlight show.

Say you can’t get to your TV. Don’t worry, you can catch all the highlights live on WTOV9.com.  Then on Saturday mornings at 10 a.m., we have you covered with Your Local Ford Store Sports Saturday, a complete wrap-up of scores and highlights from Friday night’s games.

When the season gets underway, highlights from each game are added to the WTOV9.com Super Site, making WTOV9.com the best place to be on the Web. The WTOV9.com Super Site will livestream all the First Choice America Games of the Week, Trinity Health System Sports Friday and countless features like the Wheeling Hospital Team of the Week, Hancock County Savings Bank Player of the Week, C.A. House Band of the Week, Cheer of the Week, the IBEW Electrifying Play of the Night, scores, Thomas Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep Power Rankings, your Football Forecast and profile stories throughout the season.

The High School Football Super Site is the biggest thing on the Internet for Ohio Valley football fans.

When our area teams enter the post-season, WTOV9 will be there with games and blitzing coverage of our area teams in the West Virginia and Ohio playoffs on-the-air and on the Web.  

For the past eight seasons, WTOV9 has teamed up to bring our viewers the Belmont Savings Bank Big 22!  Twenty-two days before the high school football season starts, WTOV9 will announce and highlight one of the pre-season Best 22 high school football players in our area. Each night during our 11 p.m. sportscast, we feature a story with interviews of that player, their coach and highlights of their previous season. This Big 22 pre-season list was chosen by our top-notch staff, consisting of our sports department, local high school football coaches and area media sports experts. We also add each player's announcement and feature to the WTOV9 High School Super Site one at a time 22 days before the season starts.

During the season, it's our viewers' chance to interact with us by helping to select the season's final Big 22 by voting on WTOV9.com! Then on Thursday, Dec. 19, live from Wheeling’s Oglebay Resort, we will announce the final Belmont Saving Bank Big 22, Player of the Year, Coaches of the Year, the five Blocks of Granite featuring the best lineman of the year, Team of the Year and the Defensive Player of the Year in a one-hour live awards show.

And this year we have Ohio Valley football fans covered on Friday nights when they are at their favorite team's games. If you have a mobile device, WTOV9.com will be providing final scores on our mobile site. If you're on Twitter, follow us @SuperFan9WTOV9 for updates from fans at games across the region.

Our goal at WTOV9 is to be everywhere! WTOV9.com is ready for high school football on-the-air, on the Web and on your mobile phone -- now, you can be too!

WTOV9 is ready for High School Football 2013

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