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Something about when the gladiators suit up

It's a sensation I can feel running through my veins. It's anticipation, excitement and inpatience all rolled up together that makes me say "let's get on with it."

It's football season.

The gladiators put on their armor for real when the Kingman High Bulldogs face the Knights at 7 p.m. Friday in Lake Havasu City.

Lee Williams scrimmages at Wickenburg at 7 p.m. Thursday, and Kingman Academy travels down Interstate 40 to meet Needles, Calif., at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Both of these squads open at home at 7 p.m. Aug. 29. The Volunteers take on Parker, and the Tigers host Laughlin.

Please don't get me wrong. I love the other sports and look forward to following those athletes on this year's journey.

But there's just something about football.

Maybe it's because I know it's like sneaking out of bed in the middle of the night for a piece of chocolate. I shouldn't be doing it, but boy, is it fun.

I've heard football described as barbaric, and the part of me that knows better tends to agree. It's not on the level of mixed martial arts, but football does make it to the crazy stage from time to time.

I can't bring myself to come right out and say it, but perhaps football is wrong. Still, high school football is so enthralling, they made a TV series about it. (By the way, "Friday Night Lights" the book is one of the best I've ever read.)

I can now cast my conscience's thoughts aside and look forward to the upcoming seasons. There's plenty of hope and some expectations for our three varsity teams this year.

We've got two new coaches, KHS' Greg Tonjes and KAHS' Dan Stroup, who promise to bring in wide-open styles of offense that should light up the scoreboards.

LWHS enters its second season at the varsity level. After going 4-6 in its first one, the Volunteers could make some noise in Division V.

Whichever your taste, it's football season. It's time for fun.


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