Jeff King

I am asked all the time what my favorite time of the sports season is. My reply: When fall football season begins.

There are only 25 days until high school football practice begins, and the season is more highly anticipated than any other.

I guess this is because there are so many people involved with high school football. Lots of football players, coaches, parents, cheerleaders, band members, and officials all look forward to the start of the season.

As I look back to my playing and coaching days, I enjoyed smelling the freshly cut grass, issuing equipment and the excitement surrounding the first day of practice. I enjoyed the first day we were allowed to put on shoulder pads and have contact drills. My biggest excitement was the first game of the season and the anticipation of it.

Currently there are only 17 days from the first day of practice until the first game, which is now called a classic game. That gives coaches, players, cheerleaders, and the band minimal time to learn plays, cheers, stunts, songs, and marching routines.

I am truly looking forward to the start of high school football season in this area, and what the season holds for our area teams, cheerleaders, and bands. I hope you are too!

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