By Todd Lamberth:
With the start of the high school football season just over a week away, MyTV 30 announced some changes to their Friday Night Rivals broadcasting team for the 2017 season.
After spending the last four seasons as an analyst, Jonathan Hutton moves to the play-by-play role this season. Hutton replaces Brent Dougherty, who has decided to leave the broadcast to be able to spend time with family on Friday nights.
In addition to his role with Friday Night Rivals, Hutton is also a co-host of “The Midday 180” and is entering his fourth season as a sideline reporter for the Tennessee Titans Radio Network, both of 104.5 The Zone. Hutton, a McMinnville, Tennessee native, understands the excitement that surrounds high school football in Tennessee.
“High school football in the state of Tennessee is a big deal,” Hutton said. “Every small town has that big game feel on Friday nights, and the midstate profile for great teams only grows by the year. My weekly goal is to tell as many stories as possible about the kids and local communities we get to visit.”
Joining Hutton in the booth will be Josh Corey, who has served as the Tennessee Titans Football Outreach Coordinator since 2014. Prior to joining the Titans, Corey played center under Steve Spurrier at Florida on their 1993, 1994 and 1995 SEC Championship teams.
After his playing career ended, Corey spent 17 years as a coach in Jacksonville, Florida at Fletcher High School, serving as the head coach for the final five years. He has also served as an assistant coach for the East team in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Hutton enjoyed his time calling games with Dougherty over the past four years, but welcomes the addition of Corey to the booth.
“I had a lot of fun calling games alongside Brent Dougherty for the last few seasons because we are friends from working at 104.5 The Zone. Working with Josh is a no-brainer for me because of his football background of playing in the SEC and coaching high school football. I’m lucky to have him in the booth with me each Friday night.”
Since moving from Florida, Corey has learned a lot about the level of talent in the midstate. He brings that knowledge, along with his experience in football, to the booth on Friday nights.
“After several years in this role with the Titans I’ve been able to develop relationships with the high school coaches in this state and have great respect for the quality of programs they’ve been able to build,” Corey said.
“As a former head coach, I understand the hard work and long hours that players and coaches put in trying to win games. I’m excited to have the opportunity to bring that to life on the broadcasts.”
Jay Gilmore will remain in his role as the sideline reporter.
Friday Night Rivals looks to bring football fans some of the best matchups in the midstate every week, beginning with week one’s matchup between Independence and Oakland and going through the semi-final round of the playoffs. Three weeks are left open and will be filled as the season plays out.
The 2017 Friday Night Rivals schedule on MyTV 30 is below. All broadcasts begin at 7 p.m.
August 18- Independence at Oakland
August 25- Beech vs. Henry County (at Austin Peay)
September 1- Nolensville at Spring Hill
September 8- Beech at Hendersonville
September 15- Stewarts Creek at Cane Ridge
September 22- OPEN
September 29- Brentwood at Independence
October 6- Summit at Shelbyville
October 13- OPEN
October 20- OPEN
October 27- Ensworth at Brentwood Academy
November 3- Playoffs
November 10- Playoffs
November 17- Playoffs
November 24- Playoffs