Preseason football practice are over.
That’s music to the ears of high school football players yearning to play on Friday nights again.
“Friday night football is awesome,” said Peoria Heights senior Blake Begner. “There’s nothing like running out on to the field under the lights. I only have maybe nine games left. We’re going to go out there and see what we can do.”
The season kicks off Friday around the state.
“I love kicking off so we’re on defense first. I’s exciting, it’s like no other feeling. I went to state in wrestling and it doesn’t compare,” said Limestone senior Blake Delgadillo. “Friday night lights, there’s nothing better.”
Bands will be playing, popcorn will be popping, student sections will be hollering.
“When everybody is here it’s just loud, crazy,” said Canton senior Kade Stancil. “Student section is going crazy. Everyone is just into the game. It is just amazing.”
Seniors understand this could be the final football season of their lives.
“This is the year everybody grows up dreaming about,” said Dunlap senior Harlan Mitchell. “Your senior year of high school football. We have big plans this year and I think everyone’s excited for the season.”
The season runs nine weeks, from Aug. 26-Oct. 21. Then the playoffs start.
“Just running out there for senior night with my teammates. I love those guys and wouldn’t want to play with anyone else,” said Normal Community senior Grant Price. “To go out there with them, on August 26th is going to be a great feeling.”