Our sports staff weighs in:
PHIL STACEY: Spring may be nature’s time for rebirth, but in the high school sports calendar that season is autumn. And nothing shouts ‘Welcome back!’ better than Friday night or Saturday afternoon football.
MATT JENKINS: The camaraderie shared between a football team is unmatched. These kids literally put their bodies on the line for their teammates every week.
MATT WILLIAMS: The hours spent in the gym, film room and on the practice field create bonds between teammates that you just don’t see in other sports. Plus, no other high school sport has such rich, detailed and deep history.
GIANNA ADDARIO: Of the hype that surrounds a specific contest each week. The games themselves take on a life their own because there are so few in a season.
JEAN DePLACIDO: What better way is there to spend a fall afternoon than by cheering on your favorite team?
DAN HARRISON: It’s the perfect tone-setter for the beginning of another high school sports year.