As the years go by, my thirst for football increases.
This year is no different. Somehow, the first full month of football with decent weather is one of my favorite times of the year.
There's excitement of going to a high school football game on a Friday night (sometimes Thursday) that helps jump start the weekend.
The 2015 season should be chalk-full of great teams in Class A and Class B and who will reign supreme in the city race in Lincoln. For now, East, Southeast and Southwest seem to be in the forefront.
From there, it's a toss up. North Star has proven to be a dangerous team the last two years. Northeast and Lincoln High, once powerful programs, have been going through growing pains and continually regroup. Still---anything is possible.
This is more than likely the last roundup for Pius X in Class B this year. Increasing enrollment will highly mean a bump to Class A. The Thunderbolts, though, may have an outstanding year. Still with one of the toughest schedules in the state, Pius X looks to compete with many great Class B teams like Norris, Beatrice and Crete.
Norris has 18 returning starters, with expectations of being in the post season for the first time in two years. And Waverly could be one of those teams that prove to be tough. The Vikings, under second year head coach Tim Williams, have well adjusted into a new system and look to be polished early on.
Talk of Ashland-Greenwood being dominant in this area among Class C1 teams is no joke. When you have a D1 commit (Ben Stille to Nebraska) and a couple of others who are being looked at for D1 consideration, there's a solid foundation.
Lincoln Christian may be back in the playoff hunt in C1. The Crusaders feature quarterback and Arizona State commit Jared Bubak, running back Nathan Sauberan and wide receiver Isaac Olsen, all of whom have a great amount of experience at the varsity level.
GAMES THIS SEASON
LincolnPrepSports.com will carry a majority of Friday Football Doubleheaders this season, with all of the 4:30pm games at Seacrest Field featuring all six LPS schools, while a select non-LPS teams to be covered in the nightcapper.
Three games will be simulcast, thanks to the generous partners with KFOR FM 103.3/1240AM and ESPN 1480 AM KLMS. That's mainly due to my commitments as sports director with the radio stations.
John Harris, Dick Janda, Ben Hurt and Kellan Heavican will join me in helping provide play-by-play and commentary during games.
NEW DIGS AT SEACREST FIELD
If you go out to watch games at Seacrest Field at any time this football season, you'll notice new seating on both sides and the press box facilities have improved, too.
Touring the new broadcast booths last week, I was amazed at the spaciousness created through the renovations. Definitely looking forward to Friday night and being in a new saddle, so to speak.
I'll talk about the details of the new press box coming up in a few weeks.
CHICK-FIL-A IS NEW SPONSOR
You may have noticed on the webpage a new banner that's been added. Yep, you've guessed it, the folks at the new Chick-Fil-A opening soon at 27th and Pine Lake Road is a sponsor of high school sports coverage on LincolnPrepSports.com.
They also are the sponsor of a new Saturday morning scoreboard show on our little brother website, LincolnMetroSports.com.
Charlie Colon and the gang at the Lincoln Chick-Fil-A are hitting the ground running and getting the word out in town about the chicken sandwiches that have become so popular across the country. I'm looking forward to my first bite!