The lights of Gerald Prim Stadium will flicker tonight as 6,000-plus Wildcat fanatics celebrate the opening of the 2010 Texas high school football season. The excitement. The passion. The hits and the cheers.
It is a glorious time of the year.
You can almost taste the football season as it approaches. There is just a different feel down here in Texas. From the National Football League, to the Big 12 and college football to the overloaded high school stadiums — it is an early Christmas in this pigskin hotbed we call home.
And there is nothing quite like high school football, especially in small-town places such as Sulphur Springs. The support for Wildcat football is simply amazing. Once again, the home stands at Gerald Prim Stadium will be completely full with blue and gold clad fans. There will be an electricity in the air — a feeling of anticipation that we simply don't get at any other time of the year. Local residents who are normally quiet and reserved can become raving mad men (and women) when the action on the field brings them to their feet. The usually annoying sounds of horns blowing and bells banging sound more like a finely-tuned church choir on Friday nights. Average food tastes like 5-star gourmet meals as fans anxiously await the opening kickoff.
Football changes everything in Texas. Right or wrong, it is the truth. It is a part of our culture and our life.
Coming off a 7-3 regular season that featured a trip to the quarterfinals of the state playoffs (and one year removed from the school's first-ever state championship), the Wildcats are ready to continue one of the best gridiron runs in school history.
It won't be easy. With a loaded schedule, including tonight's opening game against perennial state power Denton Ryan, and another tough district slate, the ’Cats will have to fight and claw their way to another playoff run. And when — not if — that happens, never bet against Coach Greg Owens' boys. Never.
Welcome back football. God we've missed you!
Go ’Cats! Beat Ryan!
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