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With the summer heat still sweltering throughout the Queen City, good news is coming as High School Football is back, which means another season of Friday Night Lights.

On Wednesday afternoon, Kyle Bailey got in a festive spirit for the upcoming season as Nate Wimberly of WBTV dropped by to preview both the opening week of the season as well as the outlook for teams across the Charlotte area.

The season starts out with a bang as Nate noted this year is the start of a new tradition with the first-ever “Keep Pounding Classic” inside Bank of America Stadium between powerhouses Providence Day and South Carolina’s Northwestern. Nate said the key to this game would be whether or not Providence Day can get off to a hot start with many players for the Chargers playing both ways compared to Northwestern.

The actions start out at Memorial Stadium with a doubleheader event capped off with a matchup between Mallard Creek and Independence Nate noted how both schools are trying to return to prior glory as Nate thinks one of these schools could have a legit shot, especially to the victor of this game.

Nate also previewed some of the games outside of the Charlotte area with the most notable game being a showdown in Cleveland County between Shelby and Kings Mountain. The Shelby Golden Lions are coming off an early playoff exit, which is a rare occurrence, and Kings Mountain is looking to finally break through the glass ceiling and win their first state title since 1956.