It’s an American ritual. As the days begin to get shorter, the air becomes a little crisper and the school year begins, it is time for football. And all around the US, fans will be ready. Joining this year’s season for West Cobb residents will be the Kennesaw State University Owls. They kickoff their inaugural season on Sep 3 vs. East Tennessee State. Their first home game will be vs. Edward Waters on Sept. 12 at Fifth Third Bank Stadium in Kennesaw.
Other season kickoffs in our area:
- Atlanta Falcons kick off their regular season against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sep 14
- Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs. Alcorn State Braves on Sep 3
- Georgia State vs. Charlotte at the Georgia Dome on Sep 4
And then there is Friday Night Football. So much of an American tradition, that they have made movies about it and television shows. High school is a time to come of age, and the personal transformations of players on the field are reminiscent of the struggles we have as adults. The glory, excitement, defeat, disappointment and challenges of personal relationships. And as we moved on with excitement from that era, we looked to what was next. Yet as a new generation enters the field, we fill the stadiums and cheer them on. We sit with excitement as the field lights go on and the teams flip a coin to start the game. Many even enjoy the marching band that plays now, having forgotten a time when the athletes and the band were so far apart. Today we all tap our feet together as the drums lead the band down the field with their cadence.
But for the next few months, on Friday night, it’s about sitting in the stadium and watching with pride and excitement as our high school players show us what team sports are all about. We don’t stop to think about the lessons learned, or storylines that use the American tradition as a backdrop. We’ll think about Remember the Titans, The Blind Side and Friday Night Lights another time. For now, in this moment, we’ll just join the cheerleaders in cheering on our team, our kids, our neighborhood. Because here, right now, it’s all about them and Friday Night Football.
So find your school below and mark your calendars.