Are you ready for some football? The staffers at ThisWeek Community News are, and we’re ready again to make Friday Night Live your go-to destination for high school football coverage in central Ohio.

Every Friday night this season — and many Thursday nights as well — we’ll be staffing the area’s top games. During the games, follow @ThisWeekSports on Twitter along with our writers — @Brad_ThisWeek, @ThisWeekDave, @ThisWeekFrank, @ThisWeekHennen and @UlreyThisWeek — for scores and updates. After the games, visit for recaps, photos and videos, plus scores of all area games.

Also, ThisWeek Managing Editor Lee Cochran again will be part of the coverage on AM820, including co-hosting the postgame scoreboard show that features interviews with area coaches.

But wait, there’s more. We’re starting a new feature this year, a Facebook Live video each Thursday to preview the top games of the week. We’ll get the ball rolling at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17, with a season preview. Please like our ThisWeekSports Facebook page (@ThisWeekSports) so you’ll be able to see the live video in your feed.

During the week, visit for game previews and features on players and teams along with the following:

•Super 7 poll

•Player of the Week

•Five must-see games

•Staff predictions

•Coverage preview for that week’s games

Our coverage kicks off Thursday, Aug. 24, when Reynoldsburg visits New Albany and Pickerington Central plays Detroit Cass Tech at the University of Toledo.

Also, be on the lookout for our Central Ohio High School Football Preview Guide. The guide, which includes previews of 74 central Ohio teams, will be delivered with your Aug. 21 Dispatch and your Aug. 24 edition of ThisWeek. You also can pick up a copy at central Ohio Roosters restaurants.

Oh, just one more thing: We’re also adding a Friday Night Live Halftime Show section at You’ll find band bios, a video of the band’s halftime show and photos. After all, what’s a high school football game without a halftime show?