PEORIA, Ill. — The Friday night lights will be back on tomorrow.
High school football games kick off around the state and area players can’t wait to start the season.
“It’s a football town, for sure,” Princeville senior Carter Johnson said of his home town. “Every Friday, the whole town is here. When you are running around town, people see you and know who you are.”
Princeville opens the season on the road at Lewistown. El Paso-Gridley is one of the area schools that opens at home.
“There’s no better feeling on a Friday night. Come out here with everybody yelling and screaming, the town going crazy,” said senior EPG Nash Stoller. “It’s the best feeling ever. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”
Three weeks of preseason practice is now over. The games are about to begin.
“Your mentality is you get the goosebumps and the shivers and everything,” said Metamora senior Tylar Fries. “Butterflies as soon as the first ball naps. You hit someone and it feels amazing.”
The regular season is nine weeks long. Playoffs start in late October.
“There’s not much that can compare to it,” Peoria High School senior Jordan Williams said of Friday night football. “It is something that everyone likes to enjoy. Even our sideline gets hyped off big plays when we are on the field, too.”