Last year, the entire state of Kentucky got to know them up close and personal thanks to a historic run.

 

This year, America will get its turn.

 

For the first time ever, the Pulaski County Maroon football team will be playing in front of the lights on a big-time basis.

ESPNU announced Thursday that the Pulaski County-Madison Southern game on Oct. 10 in Berea will be carried by the network.

 

To accommodate the telecast, kickoff time has been moved to 6:30 p.m.

 

That’s right, Pulaski County football will be on ESPNU in 2014.

 

The Maroons are coming off a school-best 14-1 season and a runner-up finish in Class 5A. PC’s only loss was in the state championship game to three-time defending champion Bowling Green.

 

“It’s a very cool deal indeed and we’re extremely excited to have this opportunity,” stated Hines.

 

“It’s going to be a great opportunity to showcase our ‘Team 31’ and to showcase our fans, our people, and everything about Pulaski County football,” continued the Pulaski County head coach.

 

So why this game?

 

Hines gives a lot of the credit — all of the credit, actually — to Madison Southern head coach Jon Clark for making all of this possible.

 

And of course, it didn’t hurt matters at all that Madison Southern boasts the top-rated running back in the class of 2015 in Damien Harris either.

 

According to coach Hines, ESPNU contacted Madison Southern a few weeks ago inquiring about the opportunity of putting Harris and his team on national TV, and the rest as they say became history.

 

“They (ESPN) contacted coach Clark and Madison Southern, because they wanted to get Damien (Harris) some exposure on national TV since he’s one of the top recruits in the country,” pointed out Hines. “Coach (Jon) Clark was very instrumental in putting this together.”