High School Football Show Strengthens Community Ties
by Meghan Caprez and Gabrielle Woodard
“If you want to get to the heart of this community, you gotta do it with football.”
Max Fleck, the high school sports director for TV2 – Kent State University’s independent, student-run television station, believes this to be true about the Portage County community. That’s why TV2 offers “Friday Football Frenzy,” a half-hour sports entertainment show that features highlights of the games of all 15 high school football teams in the Portage Trail Conference.
The program first aired in 2012, and it has become and integral part of the football season for the high school community. Fleck said a coach once emailed him to see when the most recent episode would be uploaded online.
“When Kent and Ravenna play, the stadium is always packed,” Fleck said. “Take a trip into Mogadore, and just about every pole has a sign about the football team, and on Fridays the stadium is always packed. So the communities are already behind their football teams.”
“Friday Football Frenzy” features the top three plays of the night, power rankings and a preview of the next week’s games. Fleck said the narrative of the show might be changing, however, to include more community-centered stories.
“I want to turn it more from a highlight show to a community show,” Fleck said. “So as the season rolls on, I really want to focus on the communities and do stories on why football in Mogadore is special or highlight a player who was lucky enough to get a scholarship.”
Community viewers can watch “Friday Football Frenzy” each Friday night in the fall at 11:00 p.m. on Channel 2.2 on Kent State's campus and on Time Warner Cable Channel 16 off-campus.