High School Football season is finally upon us. Many of the smaller schools put foot to pigskin this weekend, and the big boys strap on the pads for real this week. Here are a few storylines that have caught my eye in the lead up to the 2013 edition of Football Friday Night:
One Town, Two Teams
The three year adventure that is Ankeny's transition from one high school to two is about to culminate with the inaugural game between Ankeny HS and Ankeny Centennial. The more I think about it, the more I feel the split came at the perfect time for both football programs. A unified Hawks team would have likely struggled through a rebuilding year, with a young quarterback struggling to fiil the crater size hole left by Joel Lanning. Only the most fanatic of Ankeny supporters will expect either school to make it to the UNI-Dome this season, but I still expect both squads to have a solid showing.
Strapping on the iPads
Welcome to the digital age of high school football. The national HSFB rules were amended this year to allow coaches to use any "Communication Device" on the field. This includes not only radio headsets, but also smart phones, tablets, and other tech goodies. It's nice to see the powers that be in HS sports keeping up with the times, and it will be interesting to see how the coaches use these newly available tools of the trade.
Hot in the City
This summer was unusually cool for Iowa, especially during the key first weeks of practice. But Mother Nature has turned up the thermostat just in time for Week 1, with high temperatures predicted to be in the 90s all the way through Friday. The coaches that do the best job of acclimating their players to the heat will be in the best position to start the year 1-0.