SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Feeling of fall and football in the air

Published: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 05:37 PM.

I'm sorry, but I just can't wrap my brain cells around playing a regular-season game earlier than Labor Day weekend.

I miss the days when, even in Florida, the first cool breezes of autumn marked the start of the football season. There was something wonderfully innocent about those days; then again, I was young and the world seemed to be a kinder, friendlier place — unless you were playing an archrival on their home field.

Of course, there can be no turning back the clocks to yesterday or yesteryears of long ago.

Football falls now start in the summer, and life moves at a quicker pace.

I'll be in Baker on Friday to watch the Gators host Graceville. A week from Friday, I'll be at Jack Foster Stadium as Crestview High welcomes the Choctawhatchee Indians to town.

My dance card for the next 11 Fridays is full with high school football games. And, if I'm luckY and Baker and Crestview have successful seasons and make the playoffs, I can fill a few more Friday nights in November and beyond.

By the time football season ends, I'm hoping there will be a chill in the air and frost on my breath on Friday nights.

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