AT LONG last, high school football in the Ohio Valley is just a day away.
Four games are on tap Thursday night, two at Wheeling Island Stadium and two more at Harding Stadium in Steubenville. That quartet of games will kick off arguably the most enjoyable time of the year.
The McDonald's Kickoff Classic will usher in a full slate of games for Friday night and Saturday. The ensuing nine weeks of regular-season play will fly by all too quickly.
Bridgeport and St. John's vie at 5 p.m. at Wheeling Island followed by the St. Clairsville-Wheeling Park matchup. Harding's twinbill has host Big Red taking on a Washington, D.C. foe followed by the Edison-Oak Glen tilt.
There is an old saying that notes there are two seasons in the Ohio Valley: football season and waiting for football season.
Well, grid fans, wait no longer and enjoy every second of the season. Before we know it, the state playoffs will be knocking at the door.
But fans must remember that high school football is played by teens. They are not professionals or collegiate scholarship gridders.
Far from it.
They should be treated positively and with respect. They are young amateurs and will make their share of mistakes.
Football is the ultimate value-teaching game. Participants learn teamwork, dedication, commitment, sacrifice and sportsmanship.
Football is a solid foundation for life.
Adults also need to realize and practice the sportsmanship aspect. Proper treatment and players and coaches cannot be understated.
High school is just a game. Fans and adults should not be flagged for illegal procedure.