Forced to the bench by concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, The Southern Heritage Classic presented by FedEx is about to get back in the game, so to speak.

During what is dubbed the “REWIND,” Tennessee State University and Jackson State University will face off Saturday (Sept. 12) at 7 p.m. CT in an encore presentation of the 2017 Southern Heritage Classic (SHC) football game between the long-time rivals.

SHC teamed up with SCS Telecommunications Center for SHC REWIND, which will stream in prime time on multiple platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Roku, and Amazon Fire TV.

According to SHC Founder Fred Jones, the REWIND is the answer to the most common question he’s received since June 17th when he announced that the 31st Southern Heritage Classic was canceled due to COVID-19.

“Everyone wanted to know, ‘What are we going to do?’ I knew we had to do something. The fans wanted it, and they deserve it. So, I’m pleased to announce that we are going to watch great HBCU football on our electronic devices in the comfort of our homes or wherever we are,” said Jones.

“Fans can get together to watch the game, following recommended social distancing guidelines, and cheer for their favorite team, groove to the bands, and enjoy a spectacular half-time show.”

The featured REWIND game was one of the most exciting games in SHC history with great plays being made until the very end. And for those he did not attend the 2017 Classic and somehow didn’t hear about it, don’t worry. We are not going to give you the score here.

“We would love to be in the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium together this year but since we can’t, the REWIND is the next best thing,” said Jones.

“We hope that everyone will support us by spreading the word and watching the game.”

The REWIND is sponsored by Memphis Tourism, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Regional One Health, Nike, MLGW and CIGNA.

(Visit www.SouthernHeritageClassic.com, for more information and streaming links ahead of game day on Sept. 12.)