Grizzlies' 2009 football opener to air live on Comcast

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The season-opener for the Granite Bay High football team will be one of the signature pieces of Comcast’s recently announced live game coverage when the prep football stars hit the gridiron in September. Comcast Hometown Network (CHN), Comcast’s regional cable network covering Northern and Central California has announced that it will televise 13 high school football games as part of its ever-expanding Comcast Hometown Sports (CHS) programming (see complete schedule below). The games will be available on Channel 104 to all Comcast digital cable customers throughout Northern and Central California. The telecasts will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12 at with an exciting four-game marathon from “The Battle at the Capital,” featuring such Northern California powers as Pittsburg (#2 in the final 2008 MaxPreps North Coast Section Rankings), Granite Bay (#3 Sac-Joaquin Section), Cardinal Newman (#3 North Coast Section), Sacred Heart Cathedral (#5 Central Coast Section), and Central Catholic (#6 Sac-Joaquin Section). “High school football continues to be a key programming element for Comcast Hometown Network as we provide local and regional programming that viewers can’t get anywhere else,” said Jeff Giles, Director of Comcast Hometown Network. “Our Comcast Hometown Sports programming schedule continues to grow with another terrific block of live sporting events – in this case, some of Northern California’s best prep football teams.” The play-by-play announcer for Comcast Hometown Network’s high school football games will be Dan Dibley of sports radio station KNBR 680 AM, while former San Jose SaberCats head coach Darren Arbet and University of Nevada football analyst Scott Gordon will split the color analyst duties. Tori Taylor, a former reporter for Current TV, will serve as sideline reporter. Dibley is a mainstay of CHN’s prep coverage, having served as sideline reporter for the 2008 football season and the color commentator for the 2009 high school basketball season. All games will be produced by CHN sports director Erik Alves and directed by Gary Wasley. For more information, go to In addition to the September 12 “Battle at the Capital,” CHN’s high school football schedule features many of the top prep teams in Northern and Central California, including prominent Bay Area powers Foothill (#5 in the final 2008 MaxPreps North Coast Section Rankings), California (San Ramon) (#7 North Coast Section), Clayton Valley (#11 North Coast Section), Campolindo (#13 North Coast Section), Las Lomas (#18 North Coast Section), Napa (#15 Sac-Joaquin Section), Gilroy (#6 Central Coast Section), Palo Alto (#13 Central Coast Section), and Kings Academy (Sunnyvale) (#19 Central Coast Section), as well as traditionally strong teams such as Pleasant Grove (#8 Sac-Joaquin Section) and St. Mary’s (Stockton) (#2 Sac-Joaquin Section) from the Central California area. Following is Comcast Hometown Network’s tentative 2009 high school football telecast schedule: TELECAST DATE TIME TEAMS Saturday, September 12 11:00 AMLIVE Battle at the Capital - Game #1 at Folsom HS Franklin vs. Sacred Heart Cathedral Saturday, September 12 2:00 PMLIVE Battle at the Capital - Game #2 at Folsom HSGranite Bay vs. Pittsburg Saturday, September 12 5:00 PMLIVE Battle at the Capital - Game #3 at Folsom HS Central Catholic vs. Cardinal Newman Saturday, September 12 8:00 PMLIVE Battle at the Capital - Game #4 at Folsom HS California (San Ramon) vs. Del Oro Saturday, September 19 7:00 PM James Logan @ Foothill (Pleasanton) from 9/18 Saturday, September 26 7:00 PM Gilroy @ Palo Altofrom 9/25 Saturday, October 3 7:00 PM Elk Grove @ Pleasant Grove (Elk Grove)from 10/2 Saturday, October 10 7:00 PM Central Catholic @ St. Mary’s (Stockton)from 10/9 Saturday, October 17 7:00 PM Menlo Atherton @ The Kings Academy (Sunnyvale)from 10/16 Saturday, October 24 7:00 PM Concord @ Clayton Valley (Concord)from 10/23 Saturday, October 31 7:00 PM Manteca @ Oakdalefrom 10/30 Saturday, November 7 7:00 PM Napa @ Vacavillefrom 11/6 Saturday, November 14 7:00 PM Campolindo @ Las Lomas (Walnut Creek) OR Los Gatos @ Milpitasfrom 11/13