'Tis the season for ... well, high school football

By the Advocate Editorial Board
Aug. 24, 2011 at 3:24 a.m.

We are excited as high school football gets under way Friday.

And we have every reason to be excited because we have many excellent teams in our area, and they will provide good, clean football.

Just as an aside, however, we hope football weather gets here soon to match the sport's season.

In addition to the many high schools that consistently make playoffs, we have state ranked teams in our area too: Ganado is ranked 2nd in Class 1A; Refugio is ranked 4th in Class 2A; Shiner St. Paul is ranked 1st in TAPPS Division IV; and Calhoun is ranked 11th in Class 4A.

We know we will see and be caught up with the thrill of good football well into October.

By good football, we mean there are no lockouts such as the one in the NFL, recruiting violations, scholarship offers and other such scandalous activities in pro and college football. And we don't have to put up with conference realignments.

Certainly, there are exceptions, but high school football offers the purest form of the sport, and that is refreshing.

We should remember that high school football is a game. Students and parents should treat it that way with sportsmanship as a way to conduct oneself and with mutual respect for one another.

Our high school players are friends and work as teams.

They play for fun and are very competitive. This makes the sport choice entertainment that evokes our own loyalties and draws us to the stadiums.

That's what we would like to see and experience. And that has been the case in previous years.

We also would like to feel that chill in the air and see the cold vapors from exhaling high school football players and fans, as the purest form of football warms our sensibilities.

Football and cooler weather are the perfect ingredients for creating fun and excitement. There's nothing comparable this time of year.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.



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