With the approaching end of summer, the treasured traditions of fall emerge, and few local ones can match the passion for high school football throughout Southwest Florida. Most area schools competed in preseason kickoff classics last week, but the 2013 season officially commences with a full slate of contests on Friday, August 30.
Ten weekly games follow over the next three months, as the action will undoubtedly electrify students, alumni, and hometown fans. Though these match-ups will be decided on the field, high school football typically morphs into a larger event, bringing communities together to support a common cause.
Serving as the perfect time to re-unite with old friends, high school games are also an ideal setting to make new ones. As old memories come to life visiting a familiar setting, so too does each joyous victory, or stinging defeat, create fresh visions not soon forgotten.
All three posted winning records last year and a three-way tie-breaker was needed to award playoff spots. While Charlotte again emerged as district champions, Port Charlotte celebrated defeating their rival for only the third time in 31 years with a dramatic late-season victory at home.
This year's "Battle for the Peace River" is eagerly anticipated. The November 1 game highlights the schedule of both schools, who remain competitors in a newly-created Class 7A district, while Lemon Bay moved down to 6A.
The excitement of football in Charlotte County will be delivered to radio listeners in 2013. Heard on the local dial at 1580 AM, News Radio WCCF will broadcast 11 games, beginning with the call of Port Charlotte vs. Lemon Bay on August 30 at 7:15 p.m..
Featuring play-by-play and analysis, as well as coaches interviews and lively sounds of the marching bands, the radio schedule will showcase the Tarpons and Pirates equally. Noted opponents include Riverdale, Fort Myers, and Venice and broadcasts additionally can be heard at wccfam.com or through the iHeartRadio app for mobile devices.
While Port Charlotte and Lemon Bay will get things started at the "Pirates Cove," Charlotte commences their own campaign by visiting nearby North Port High School. The Fighting Tarpons' home opener comes a week later, when Barron Collier will travel to the Wallace Keller Sports Complex on September 6.
Be sure to view the above slideshow list for a closer look at the sights of high school football in Charlotte County.
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