ESPN West Palm enters it’s fifth season of Football Night in South Florida which features team from Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast for a Thursday night game broadcast live on ESPN 106.3 FM and video streamed on ESPNWestPalm.com.
While at Glades Day, running back Kelvin Taylor rushed for seven touchdowns during a 2012 Football Night in South Florida game.
Over the past four season, Football Night in South Florida has featured some of the nation’s top prospects including a 2010 matchup that pitted Park Vista and their eventual Heisman Trophy finalist for Auburn and current St. Louis Rams running back Tre Mason against a loaded Dwyer squad that featured current Florida State Mackey Award finalist tight end Nick O’Leary, Tennessee starting linebacker Curt Maggitt and N.C. State starting quarterback Jacoby Brissett.
The 2011 season started with a bang when current Maryland starting defensive back Will Likely came up with big plays on the offensive side of the ball to push his Glades Central team past Dwyer. That season of FNSF also featured a pair of Auburn starting offensive linemen with Patrick Miller from Dwyer and Avery Young from Palm Beach Gardens.
Notre Dame running back Greg Bryant put up workhorse numbers for American Heritage in 2012 as he helped his teams defeat Delray Beach Atlantic and Dwyer during that season of FNSF. He was not the only running back to show out that season, Glades Day five-star back Kelvin Taylor, now starting at Florida, tallied seven total touchdowns in a game against Village Academy in front of the FNSF audience.
A season ago, it was Ohio State freshman wide receiver Johnnie Dixon at Dwyer that highlighted the 2013 season of FNSF. We also got an early look at Boynton Beach quarterback Lamar Jackson, who looks to be a high priority target for Nebraska in the 2015 recruiting cycle.
The 2014 season of FNSF will feature Wake Forest tight end commit Jake Bargas of St. Andrews tonight, Florida Atlantic cornerback commit Jalen Young in week two and another look from the area’s top signal caller Lamar Jackson in week three. The top overall prospects to take part in FNSF this season will be Champagnat Catholic 2016 duo of offensive lineman Chidi Okeke-Valentine and wide receiver Darnell Salomon on October 30. Both ranked in the top-75 of 247Sports’ Top247.
2014 Football Night in South Florida Schedule
August 28: Pope John Paul II @ St. Andrews
September 4: Seminole Ridge @ John I. Leonard
September 11: Boynton Beach @ Village Academy
September 18: John I. Leonard @ Spanish River
October 2: Inlet Grove @ Oxbridge Academy
October 9: Lake Worth @ Palm Beach Lakes
October 16: Seminole Ridge @ Wellington
October 30: Champagnat Catholic @ Oxbridge Academy
November 6: Park Vista @ Olympic Heights