Valor Christian's football season-opener to be shown on ESPN2

Valor Christian's Christian McCaffrey. (Jack Eberhard/

Valor Christian's Christian McCaffrey (5). (Jack Eberhard/

Valor Christian will open its defense of the Class 5A football championship on ESPN2 against California's Central High School on Aug. 24.

The game, to be played on the Eagles' campus in Highlands Ranch, is part of the ESPN High School Football Kickoff. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m.

It will the first game for new coach Rod Sherman, who takes over following six seasons as offensive coordinator. Sherman, also the school's athletic director, replaces Brent Vieselmeyer, who is now co-defensive coordinator at Houston Baptist University.

Central, from Fresno, went 11-3 last season and lost in the CIF Central Section Division I championship.

Valor was 12-2 in 2012, and beat Cherokee Trail 9-0 for the 5A title last December. They are led by dynamic running back and Stanford commit Christian McCaffrey.

The Eagles have won four-consecutive championships over three different classifications. Prior to last season's title, Valor won 4A in 2011 and 2010, and captured 3A in 2009.