High school football in our area dates back almost 100 years, when Dalton High School's first team took the field on Oct. 10, 1924, in a 30-0 loss to LaFayette.
While high schools in Whitfield and Murray counties have come and gone, the game of football has endured. That tradition continues Friday night when six of our seven teams kick off another year with the goal of winning as many games as possible.
Games Friday night are: Christian Heritage at Riverside Military Academy; Dalton at Ringgold; Armuchee at Murray County; Coahulla Creek at Northwest Whitfield; and Southeast Whitfield at Woodland. All games start at 7:30 p.m. North Murray begins the season with a bye.
Since the season ended last fall, players and coaches have been working toward this new season. Offseason conditioning led into spring practice, which transitioned to summer competitions and into this month's preseason camps and scrimmages. Months of hard work will soon pay off in games on Friday nights under the lights.
But high school football is more than just players and coaches. Our quarterback clubs, along with schools' corporate sponsors, play a huge role in the success of the teams. Additionally, parents, mentors and friends provide immeasurable amounts of support. The marching bands have been busy practicing as well to provide boisterous support during games. And let's not forget the volunteers who staff the game day parking lots, the concession stands and the press boxes.
To get you ready for the season, our area high school football preview section is in today's paper. In this 12-page special edition, you'll read about the prospects of our area teams and will be introduced to the key players. Throughout the season the Daily Citizen-News will keep you up-to-date on all of the action with our weekly Touchdown! football section on Fridays.
As the season opens this Friday, we wish the best of luck to all of our area teams and we encourage you to attend games to cheer on our athletes.