Two Missouri high schools will play in 2011 ESPN High School Football Kickoff

BRISTOL, CT (ESPN Rise) - Twenty-six teams from 13 states will compete in 13 high school matchups as part of the annual ESPN High School Football Kickoff, Aug. 26-28. The Kickoff will be shown live from ten states: Alabama, California, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Nevada, Ohio, South Carolina and Texas and will feature seven teams from the ESPN RISE FAB 50 2010 final ranking, 15 ESPNU 150 ranked players and more than 100 Division I recruits. The weekend-long event will air live on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and

The Kickoff will feature the top two final ranked 2010 FAB 50 teams and defending state champions, No. 1 St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla., 5A) and No. 2 South Panola (Miss., 6A). Hoover (Ala.) is a returning kickoff champion and was No. 42 in the FAB 50 2010 final rankings. Other defending state champions include: Bishop Gorman (Nev., 4A), Buford (Ga., 2A), Cathedral (Ind., 4A), Cocoa (Fla., 5A) and Wheaton Warrenville South (Ill., 7A).

This year, there are 15 student-athletes participating in the ESPN High School Football Kickoff who are ESPNU 150-ranked players: No.1 Mario Edwards (DE, Denton Ryan), No. 2 Eddie Goldman (DT, Collegiate Academy), No. 3 Dorial Green-Beckham (WR, Hillcrest), No.14 Arik Armstead (OT, Pleasant Grove), No. 20 Gunner Kiel (QB, Columbus East), No.37 Issac Gross (DT, South Panola), No. 55 Dillon Lee (OLB, Buford), No. 61 Patrick Destefano (OT, Dorman), No. 74 Vadal Alexander (OG, Buford), No.95 Adolphus Washington (DE, Taft), No.103 Jordan Richmond (LB, Denton Ryan), No.110 Dwayne Stanford (WR, Taft), No.117 Justin Shanks (DT, Prattville), No. 133 Tommy Schutt (DT, Glenbard West) and No. 144 Sheldon Day (DT, Warren Central).

2011 ESPN High School Football Kickoff broadcast schedule


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ESPNU  Fri 8/26/2011 7 p.m. Columbus North (Ind.) vs. Columbus East (Ind.) Columbus East HS, Columbus, Ind. (No stadium name, game is at the high school) Fri 8/26/2011 7 p.m.  Gainesville (Ga.) vs. Buford (Ga.) Tom Riden Stadium (Buford, Ga.) Fri 8/26/2011 8 p.m. Gaffney (S.C.) vs. Dorman (S.C.) Cavalier Stadium (Roebuck, S.C.)
ESPN2 Fri 8/26/2011 9 p.m. Armwood (Fla.) vs. Bishop Gorman (Nev.) Fertitta Field (Las Vegas, Nev.)
ESPN Sat 8/27/2011 12 p.m. St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.) vs. Prattville (Ala.) Doubleheader Game 1 - Buccaneer Stadium (Hoover, Ala.)
ESPN Sat 8/27/2011 3:30 p.m. South Panola (Miss.) vs. Hoover (Ala.) Doubleheader Game 2 - Buccaneer Stadium (Hoover, Ala.)
ESPNU Sat 8/27/2011 4 p.m. Cathedral (Ind.) vs. Warren Central (Ind.) Warrior Stadium (Indianapolis, Ind.)
ESPN Sat 8/27/2011 7 p.m. Sulphur Springs (Texas) vs. Denton Ryan (Texas) C.H. Collins Athletic Complex (Denton, Texas)
ESPNU Sat 8/27/2011 9 p.m. Hillcrest (Mo.) vs. Seneca (Mo.) Fred G. Hughes Stadium (Joplin, Mo.)
ESPN2 Sat 8/27/2011 10 p.m. Pleasant Grove (Calif.) vs. Monterey Trail (Calif.) Mark Macres Stadium (Elk Grove, Calif.)
ESPNU Sun 8/28/2011 11 a.m. Collegiate Academy (D.C.) vs. Taft (Ohio) Doubleheader Game 1 -  Cardinal Stadium (Cincinnati, Ohio)
ESPN2 Sun 8/28/2011 12 p.m. Glenbard West (Ill.) vs. Wheaton Warrenville South (Ill.) Red Grange Field (Wheaton Ill.)
ESPN Sun 8/28/2011 3 p.m. Cocoa (Fla.) vs. Colerain (Ohio) Doubleheader Game 2 - Cardinal Stadium (Cincinnati, Ohio)