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Hilliard, Gray and Berman on radio

New season, plenty of optimism and new night for the Maroone High School Gridiron Report on WQAM (560 AM).

Larry Blustein will welcome in Northwestern quarterback E.J. Hilliard, Blanche Ely head coach Rodney Gray and Hialeah head coach Marc Berman to the show from 9-10 on Tuesday night.

Blustein will talk about this week's games as well as look back at St. Thomas Aquinas's win at Prattville, Ala. on national television.

Hilliard may have picked his college (FIU), but the talented quarterback is not thinking about the future as his Bulls will open the season on Thursday against North Miami Beach.

One of the most impressive players in the off season, Hilliard will now set his sights on a year that will be competitive for Northwestern, competing in one of the toughest districts in south Florida.

After losing to Miami Booker T. Washington in the spring, the Ely Tigers had a solid summer and showed that they are indeed ready for the challenge of the 2011 season.

Coach Gray has given this program a lift with several senior standouts as well as a large group of underclassmen that will play a key role as the Tigers take on Stranahan to open the season.

The Tigers are led by LSU commit Avery Johnson and SMU commit Adrian Burton.

For as long as he can remember, Coach Berman started the season with powers Northwestern and Central as major playoff obstacles. With the Bulls and Rockets now out of the district, there is a reason for the T-Breds to be upbeat as they begin the season against 6A power Belen Jesuit.

With a number of quality players, including Purdue University-bound linebacker Andy Garcia, Coach Berman believes that this is the year his team finally breaks through and gets into the playoffs.

You can listen to Tuesday night's show live on www.wqam.com or through the extensive archives on the popular sfhighschoolsports.com website.