The regular high school football season has finally arrived in Gadsden County, but it will be another week before any home field action.
After some brutal summer practice and exciting preliminary action, East Gadsden High School, West Gadsden High School and Robert F. Munroe Day School will all hit the road Friday to start their seasons away.
There will be a lot of geography involved as East travels west to meet Niceville High School. West Gadsden is also heading west to play Deane Bozeman School in Panama City. Munroe is heading southeast to face St. Francis Catholic High School in Gainesville.
All three school have tough assignments, Munroe has faced St. Francis before, losing a jamboree match to the Wolves last year. St. Francis went on to have a pretty successful season, running up some pretty high scores. But the Bobcats are also coming off a successful season that got them to a bowl game.
The Bobcats have also faced a tough West Gadsden team already this year, losing to the Panthers, 58-28 in the SWAT Kickoff Classic.
With more returning seniors than ever and a core group of veterans, the Panthers overcame some shaky summer practice sessions and put together a potent offense. However, the Bozeman appear to have a little more depth and showed they can score with their 32-6 preseason win over Franklin County.
After splitting jamboree games with Rickards and Godby, East Gadsden will face Niceville, a team that has ton of past success and incredible community support. Jaguar home fans will get to see the team in action on Sept. 9 against Crescent City.