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PREP FOOTBALL -- Thursday Night Lights targets LHS, MJ opener

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The game, at Lebanons Tribble Field / Watkins Stadium, will be moved to Thursday, Aug. 22 to accommodate live TV.


LHS athletic director Darian Brown saidlast weekhe had received a contract from WUXP-TV and would be contacting Mt. Juliet High principal Mel Brown on Friday to confirm.


"This will be a great way to get our program out there," Brown said.


Mt. Juliet, 25-3 over the past two seasons, has been a regular on Thursday Night Lights, winning five TV games in a row -- including a 38-15 victory over Wilson Central in the 2012 regular season finale.


New coaches at both Wilson County schools could be a story line for the broadcast as Trey Perry is taking over the top spot at Mt. Juliet after his dad Roger Perry stepped aside recently.


LHS (3-17 over the past two years) is now under the direction of legendary Danville (Ky.) coach Sam Harp.


Here's the entire schedule:


Aug. 22 (Week 0) Mt. Juliet @ LebanonAug. 29 (Week 1) Blackman @ BrentwoodSept. 5 (Week 2) Franklin @ Dickson Co. (pending)Sept. 12 (Week 3) MBA @ Pearl CohnSept. 19 (Week 4) Hendersonville @ GallatinSept. 26 (Week 5) Beech @ SiegelOct. 3 (Week 6) Antioch @ HillsboroOct. 10 ((Week 7) Centennial @ IndependenceOct. 17 (Week 8) Father Ryan @ Pope John Paul IIOct. 24 (Week 9) Blackman @ OaklandNov. 1 (Week 10) Ensworth @ Brentwood Acad. (Friday)


By TOMMY BRYAN / tbryan@wilsonpost.com

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