(WHTM) — For Eric Depew, returning to coach at his alma mater was a dream job. In 2022, that dream became a reality, as Depew took over the Red Land Football program as head coach.

The 1989 Patriot alum spent the past decade at York Catholic. As head coach, he led the Fighting Irish to three District III titles. Returning to his alma mater in the school district he still lives in was an opportunity Depew says he couldn’t pass up.

Coach Depew joined the abc27 Sports team live on Friday Night Football after his first game back at Red Land.

In Week 1, his Red Land Patriots fell to Northern 45-6 on Friday, August 26, 2022. But Depew knows that building a successful program doesn’t happen overnight.

Coach’s Cut

Each week on Friday Night Football, the abc27 Sports team will interview a high school football coach live on television about that night’s game, how the season is going or special events going on with their team. It’s the kind of in-depth analysis you’ll only get from abc27 Sports.

Friday Night Football returns for its 26th season on abc27. Started in 1997 by longtime abc27 Sports Director Gregg Mace, FNF was the first of its kind in Central PA.

Back in 2018, the show was expanded to 45 minutes of highlights, analysis and reaction. It remains the longest show in the Midstate highlighting high school football for thirteen weeks of the season.

You can watch abc27 Friday Night Football starting at 11:15 p.m. each Friday night on television, or on the web on our Watch Live page. Allie Berube, Nick Petraccione, Jared Phillips and John Repetz break down the best games in the area, bring you closer to the action and give you a comprehensive look at the Mid Penn Conference, Lancaster-Lebanon League and YAIAA each week.