Friday night kicks off the Suwannee High football season with the big Kick-off Classic. This year Coach Jay Walls had to search far and wide to find a team willing to play Suwannee in the Dog House for this pre-season game. Charles W. Flanagan High School in Pembroke Pines accepted Suwannee's offer.

Flanagan is a 6A school. That means they are pretty big. Two years ago they were the fourth largest school in the country with 6,000 students. But their district has since changed, and Flanagan is now only 3,000 students.

Suwannee played a Green and White game last Friday. According to Walls, there are several banged up players. There was fear A.J. Schuler was seriously injured in the scrimmage, but Walls says Schuler should be fine and may be back Friday.

"But if he's not 100 percent by Friday, we'll hold him out for the real game next week," Walls said.

Walls said he was disappointed by the way the offense played during the scrimmage. "But at this point in the season, the defense is going to be a little ahead of the offense," Walls said.

Walls and his staff reviewed a tape of the Flanagan Falcons' spring game. He said they play a pro-style offense and mostly run the ball. Walls said they didn't appear to have any speed demons, but they have several hard-nosed running backs and the quarterback can throw.

Walls said the Flanagan defense looks pretty solid.

"It's hard to tell from the films exactly how big they are," Walls said. "The look like a good-sized high school team."

The Flanagan Falcons were 3-7 last year but, they have a new coaching staff.

The entire team will dress out for Friday night's game. There will be almost 100 Bulldogs on the sidelines.

"Hopefully, we'll be able to play a lot of people," Walls said.

The game starts at 7:30 p.m. at home in the Dog House. Come out, support the team and get your first taste of the football season. Go Dogs!

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