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WHS-Indian River football game to be televised on Oct. 4

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The north country rivalry game between Watertown and Indian River will be part of a new Time Warner Cable Sports expanded Thursday night high school football lineup, the station and Section 3 announced on Thursday.

Watertown will play at Indian River at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4 in a Section 3 Class A National conference matchup as part of the new six-game schedule for Thursday nights. Six Friday night games are also on the schedule, with Section 3 playoffs included at the end of the season.

“The opportunity to televise even more high school football is great news for our customers, as well as for the families and high school athletes playing in the games,’’ said Steve Arvan, senior director of local sports programming for TWCS. “The partnership with Section 3 is indicative of our commitment to local programming and local sports. We are proud to deliver some of the most historic rivalries across Central New York.’’

The Thursday night games will going head-to-head with ESPN’s college football telecasts. Section 3 Executive Director John Rathbun said he doesn’t feel threatened by the college games. Rather, he sees the Thursday night high school slate “as yet another extraordinary opportunity to showcase our student athletes. Section 3 is an excited partner with Time Warner Cable Sports in this new offering and exciting program.’’

The first Thursday night game will be Homer at Cortland at 7 p.m. on Aug. 30. The first Friday game on the schedule is Onondaga at Weedsport on Aug. 31.

Included on the Friday schedule is the Altmar-Parish-Williamstown at Pulaski game set for 7 p.m. on Sept. 28.

““What we tried to do is sit down with our football committee and Time Warner to come up with a real interesting Thursday night competitive game,” Rathbun said. “I guarantee whoever that game is on Thursday night that attention is going to pop up that night. Everybody’s going to be watching that game. I think that’s pretty cool.”

The televised games for the final week of the regular season will be announced at a later date, which gives the section some flexibility in choosing the most meaningful games. Visit twcs.tv for the most up-to-date schedule.

Here’s the schedule:

Thursday, Aug. 30 — Homer @ Cortland, 7 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 31 — Onondaga @ Weedsport, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 6 — Skaneateles @ Jordan-Elbridge, 7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 7 — Cicero-N. Syracuse @ Liverpool, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 13 — Rome Free Academy @ Utica Proctor, 7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 14 — Fayetteville-Manlius @ Baldwinsville, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 20 — CBA @ West Genesee, 7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 21— Fulton @ Jamesville-DeWitt, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 27 — Marcellus @ Solvay, 7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 28 — APW @ Pulaski, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 4 — Watertown @ Indian River, 7 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 5 — E. Syracuse Minoa @ Chittenango, 7 p.m.

Thursday Oct. 11 — TBA

Friday, Oct. 12 — TBA

Friday, Oct. 19 — Section 3 Playoffs

Friday, Oct. 26 — Section 3 Semifinals Doubleheader

Friday, Nov. 2 — Section 3 Championships @ Carrier Dome, 5 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 3 — Section 3 Championships @ Carrier Dome Noon, 3 p.m. & 6 p.m.

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