Summer is over. Fall is here.
OK, excuse us if we are jumping the gun just a little bit, but we can’t help but get excited about the return of football.
After all, there is certainly plenty for our area to be excited about.
The Philadelphia Eagles will kick off this season as defending Super Bowl champions for the first time in franchise history in just two short weeks — Thursday, Sept. 6.
The New York Giants have an exciting young running back in Saquon Barkley, a star at Penn State during his time there.
And the Pittsburgh Steelers are … well they are the Pittsburgh Steelers and sure to be a challenger for a seventh Super Bowl title.
In the college ranks, Penn State starts the season ranked No. 10 and primed for a run at the Big Ten title and maybe more.
But what has us really pumped is the start of the high school football season Friday night.
Every season is special, but this one will be extra special for students, fans and alumni of the three high schools from the Wilkes-Barre Area School District.
Meyers, Coughlin and GAR, all with storied football histories, will be playing their final seasons as separate entities. Next year, the sports teams from the three schools will be combined under one banner.
While we understand the financial issues driving the decision, we are still just a little sad to see the schools’ separate sports programs going the way of the Toys “R” Us name.
One prominent GAR alumnus is already planning a fundraising tailgate for the final GAR-Meyers game set for Oct. 27 at Wilkes-Barre Memorial Stadium on Old River Road.
But don’t get us wrong, the three city schools aren’t the only local ones with great histories and traditions.
There’s nothing quite like a Friday night at Crispin Field for a Berwick Bulldogs game – so much so, that ABC’s “Nightline” and Ted Koppel once came to town to record the experience.
Every school and every team has something special to offer.
So do yourself a favor this Friday or any Friday in the next few months.
Head out to a game and soak up everything high school football in Northeastern Pennsylvania has to offer.
Whether you head to Kingston, Wilkes-Barre, Yatesville, Berwick, Hanover Township or elsewhere, you are sure not to be disappointed.
And to better enjoy the action and get the scoop on all the local teams, check out our 32-page football preview included in Thursday’s edition.
— Times Leader