ESPN3 and WatchESPN will televise two McPherson contests this season, including the Bulldogs early season encounter against Southwestern (Kan.) from McPherson Stadium to a national audience. The McPherson-Southwestern game, scheduled for this Saturday, Sept. 15, will kick off at 7 p.m. CT. The game also will mark the first football broadcast at McPherson Stadium by ESPN play-by-play announcer James Westling and analyst Levi Esses.
The KCAC is partnering with Tourbeau Sports Group to broadcast the 11-game series, with one contest each Saturday being the league's Game of the Week. ESPN3 streamed the Southwestern College at Friends University football game last season, as well as Championship Monday for both men's and women's basketball at Hartman Arena in February. The KCAC is taking it to the next level by featuring each football member school twice during the 11-week football schedule.
Games will be available on the WatchESPN and ESPN+ apps that are accessible through mobile technology as well as through RoKu, Apple TV, Android TV, and Hulu that broadcast programming on smart TVs and other devices.
Saturday night's game will also feature the Annual Blake Reed Memorial Football Game. Now in its eighth year, the game honors Reed's lifelong enthusiasm for Bulldog football.
Reed was a student assistant coach for the Bulldog football team who died from complications of Duchenne muscular dystrophy in 2010. Donations will be accepted at the gate to benefit the Blake Reed Mac2Mac Football Scholarship Fund. To date, the scholarship fund has raised $57,000, which is used to fund an annual scholarship to benefit one McPherson football player who exemplifies Reed's positive spirit and attitude.
Past recipients of the scholarship include James Temaat, John Davidson, Michael Ramos, Cole Long, Evan Clary, Kavoderic McIntyre, and current Senior linebacker Dominic DeLuca. Senior defensive lineman Joey Hale has been selected as this year's recipient and will be recognized at halftime of Saturday's game.
Though he could not take the field, McPherson College football coaches considered Blake the heart of the team. He learned the nuances of football and became both a leader and inspiration for the Bulldogs. He died Aug. 3, 2010, and hundreds attended his funeral in honor of his life and spirit.