– BY MICHAEL KNIGHT
Broken Arrow will be playing host to Union to open their seasons on August 26th during the zero week. The game is scheduled for a Saturday morning kickoff at 11AM. While it hasn’t been confirmed, some sources have suggested the game will be broadcasted nationally on ESPN.
Every year, ESPN has a kickoff weekend at the end of August. Last year, ESPN broadcasted ten football games all across the country during a three-day stretch. It appears that Oklahoma will be featured for the first time ever this fall as Union travels to Broken Arrow. ESPN’s involvement could explain why the game will be on a Saturday morning as opposed to Friday night.
If the game is indeed broadcasted on ESPN this fall, it’ll be the first time since 2011 that Oklahoma is featured on ESPN. In 2011, Heritage Hall faced off with with Bethany on ESPNU. Union is no stranger to national broadcasts, although it’s been over a decade since the last time. They hosted nationally ranked Hoover to open the season in 2006. Hoover dominated Union and ended the Redskins’ 57-game home winning streak.
Broken Arrow and Union both participated in the zero week a year ago down in Texas. Broken Arrow traveled to Euless Trinity while Union went down to face Southlake Carroll. Broken Arrow fell short to Trinity, while Union handed Southlake a rare loss at home. The two Texas schools will head up to Oklahoma for week one this fall. Euless Trinity will visit Union while Southlake Carroll will travel to Broken Arrow.
Last year, Broken Arrow and Union met during the regular season and in the playoffs. Union won both match-up’s. The first in the regular season with a 42-7 win and then again in the first round, winning 40-24. In fact, Union has won 12 consecutive games against the Tigers heading into this fall. Broken Arrow has won just one meeting with Union since 1990.