CLEVELAND (WJW) – High school football season is back! ‘Friday Night Touchdown‘ returned for its 27th season.

FOX 8 crews were out across Northeast Ohio to cover the best games in the area, including our Game of the Week as Hudson took on Highland.

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The Explorers, with a 13-1 record last year, made their way to Medina and faced the Hornets, who finished 12-1 in 2022. This season-opener could be worth some hefty OHSAA Playoff points in the long run.

Hudson pulled through to beat Highland 35-21.

The first Chick-fil-A rivalry game of 2023 was a cross-town showdown at Parma town, as the Gilmour Lancers hit the road to face the Valley Forge Patriots.

In the end, Gilmour came out on top, 35-6.

Friday Night Touchdown kicks off at every Friday at 11 p.m. on FOX 8.

Join P.J. ZieglerJohn Sabol, Ken CarmanJohn Telich, the Commissioner Dan Coughlin every for 30 minutes of highlights and analysis from the biggest high school football games across Northeast Ohio.