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Friday Night Lights – Week 1 August 25, 2006

Posted by j-dub in H.S. Football, Sports.
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It’s that time of year again…High School Football Season. The fall has to be the best time of year for sports. We get the baseball playoffs, prep football, college football, and the start of pro football.

For those of you who haven’t seen the movie Friday Night Lights…you should. It’s all about high school football in West Texas. I’d put the movie on par with Remember the Titans, Radio, Hoosiers, and the like. Really a great movie.

Fridays are ritual in high school football. Players would wear their jerseys to school, and there is always a different atmosphere in the school on gameday.

Week one of the prep season has a few games of interest to me.

The big twelve conference has the following noteworthy games in week 1:

Champaign (Central) at Normal (Community)
Danville (H.S.) at Urbana (H.S.)
Normal (Community West) at Champaign (Centennial)

The Cornbelt has this good game:

Fairbury (Prairie Central) at Mahomet (M.-Seymour)

Two playoff teams from last year, which should make for a good game.

St. Joe and Unity play weaker, lesser known opponents and should roll easily in week 1. Other area teams such as Salt Fork, Tuscola, Monticello, and Westville have not so exciting opponents.

Another local game of interest will be the Leroy vs. Fisher re-match from last years playoffs. Leroy looking to avenge last years close loss (Fisher lost in the next round to Tuscola).

A Chicago area battle features two of the traditional powerhouses from up north:

Joliet (Catholic Academy) vs. Chicago (Mt. Carmel) at Soldier Field (Sat.)

You know it’s a big game when you play at Soldier Field. That should be a thriller.

Here are my picks:

Normal Community wins versus Central
Danville over Urbana
Normal West over Centennial
Mahomet beats Prairie Central
St Joe and Unity both win
Leroy pays Fisher back for last year with a win
Joliet Catholic defeats Mt. Carmel on Saturday

I must say I was disappointed that the News-Gazette website didn’t have any prep sports info last night. Hopefully they’ve been covering it in print.

For those of you who want your High School Football fix, go to the following page on the IHSA website:

http://www.ihsa.org/activity/fb/index.htm

For a week-by-week schedule go here:

http://www.ihsa.org/activity/fb/2006-07w/weekschd.htm

Feel free to chime in with your predictions, a noteworthy game I missed, and your thoughts/comments on any of the local teams.

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1. j-dub - August 26, 2006

An update on my picks:

Normal Community, Urbana, Centennial, Prairie Central, St Joe, Unity, and Leroy were all winners Friday night.

I’m 4-3 as of now, with the Joliet Catholic/Mt. Carmel game to be decided later today. I’ll post back with those results when available.

2. j-dub - August 28, 2006

Joliet Catholic loses to Mt. Carmel in a close one.

I’m .500 after week 1, going 4-4. I’ll try better next week.

3. j-dub - September 1, 2006

Looks like Urbana forfeited to Danville. That according to this article. I guess that makes my record 5-3.

4. toscana - April 15, 2007

E grande io ha trovato il vostro luogo! Le info importanti ottenute! ))


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