Broken Arrow and Union rivalry showcased on national television Saturday

Posted at 8:20 PM, Aug 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-25 21:20:28-04

ESPN decided to showcase union and broken arrow’s football programs and the teams are getting hyped up for the big game.

From Broken Arrow to Union, students are getting hyped up for a big game Saturday.

“We’ve been seeing football players in their jerseys all day, we’ve had music playing all over school,” said Tyler Cox, a Union High School Senior.

While Union students learn their school’s fight song, ESPN’s High School Kickoff show rolled into Broken Arrow Friday morning.

Production crews ran nearly 2 miles of cable and set up cameras all around the stadium.

“Coming into a place like this is really really neat because the fans are excited, there’s new opportunities on the field, there’s new traditions to showcase that nobody has ever done and I think that’s what really fun coming into a place like this,” said Seth Miller, ESPN’s producer for the High School Football Kickoff.

The national telecast is a chance to highlight Oklahoma high school football.

“…find out that it’s the main ESPN, national TV in a window where college games haven’t really started and it’s not on Friday night where everybody else might be at their high school game we really have this prime time showcase for the whole country where it’s Broken Arrow and Union and that’s kind of the only game on,” said Charlie Hannema, Spokesman for Broken Arrow Public Schools.

The TV crew wants to tell a story about two high school football powerhouses facing off for another season of football.

“I want to make sure we capture the atmosphere, the fact that the jungle, they’re one of the best student sections in the country, I want to make sure we show that. I want to make sure we showcase this rivalry they play every year and we have some fun stories trickled in,” said Miller.

Kickoff is Saturday at 11:03 on ESPN.

You can also catch the highlights and full coverage on 2 Works For You at 5.

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