Slowly, surely, we begin feeling it in the air. There are still hot days, but every once in awhile a cool morning, or even a cooler than normal evening, let’s us know football is right around the corner.

High school football doesn’t feel the same as it once did. I’m not going to say that’s a bad thing. It just feels different, at times.

The football team was always the pride of its community. Friday nights were a big deal.

Those days may be gone, but the work and dedication youngsters put in is still the same as it was 30 years ago. It may be done differently today than then, but sweating and bleeding doesn’t change.

Or maybe it’s just me. This is my 30th year covering high school football. Man, where does the time go? Of the six coaches in Jackson County, I covered the high school careers of four: Woodville coach Jay Powell, North Sand Mountain coach Keith Kirby, Pisgah coach Luke Pruitt and Section coach Luke Powell.

It’s going to be a good year. North Jackson looks to be back to being North Jackson. Scottsboro, in coach Don Jacob’s second year, expects to be better than last year, and there is no reason to believe they won’t be.

Jay Powell has made football at Woodville relevant, while Kirby keeps it rolling at North Sand Mountain.

Pruitt, just like his father 36 years ago, gets his first head-coaching job at Pisgah. He’s brought some much-needed excitement. As Dale Pruitt’s son and Jeremy Pruitt’s little brother, it’s his time to prove his worth.

Pisgah hasn’t beaten Plainview since 1988. In late October, that might change.

Luke Powell also feels he has much to prove. Section improved greatly in Powell’s first year. That improvement should continue this year.

That special time of the year is almost here. The leaves begin to fall, there is cooler temperatures in the air and life just seems better.

Yes, football season is right around the corner.


DeWayne Patterson is the managing editor of the Sentinel. He can be reached by email to

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