One month ’til kickoff

Other fall sports get going sooner, but none of them get folks in this area going quite like high school football. And one month from tonight, Aug. 29, will be opening night for the 2008 season.

If that seems like a long time to wait, it is. The combination of pushing the schedule back and having Labor Day weekend fall on the earliest possible dates makes this the latest opening date since I’ve been following the game, and probably for some time before that.

The end dates are late, too, with the state finals set for Dec. 12-13. But that’s 4 1/2 months and 60 or so degrees away from the here and now, so let’s go back to the beginning. Here are the opening games for the six area teams:

  • Friday, Aug. 29: Bell County vs. Garrard County at Lincoln County; Washington County at Lincoln County; Casey County vs. Trimble County at Henry County;
  • Saturday, Aug. 30: Russell County at Danville; Madison Central vs. Mercer County at Danville; Boyle County vs. Warren Central at Bowling Green.

And here’s something else to tide you over. The comprehensive football previews at is now free and available to all. BGP is a subscription site featuring forums that are rich with interesting discussion and information (especially about football), but the fee is minimal and many members say the preview alone is worth that cost. The preview is written largely by BGP members, broken down by class and includes at least a little something on every single team in the state, and it can be accessed from here.

2 Comments on One month ’til kickoff

  1. Daniel Hopkins
    July, 30th 2008 at 12:27 pm

    The blog returns! Hard to believe it’s only a month until Friday Night! Should be an exciting season. Are there any area teams capable of winning a state title this year?

  2. Mike Marsee
    July, 31st 2008 at 10:02 am

    I’d have to put both Danville and Boyle County in the mix, although both have big obstacles to overcome.
    Boyle’s biggest obstacles are a tough schedule and having what might be the best 4A program (Lexington Catholic) in its own district, but 4A is thin enough to allow the Rebels to at least get into the discussion.
    Danville will need to be better than last year in a couple of key areas, but if that happens it’s easy to envision the Admirals contending in 2A.

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