While we'll miss the beach days and barbecues, the coming season is a wonderful one.
Autumn in New England means agricultural fairs and hay rides, hot apple cider and jack-o'-lanterns. And, of course, fall means football is back.
High school football in our area kicks off tonight and if this year is anything like the last, then scholastic football fans in the Record-Journal coverage area will have plenty to cheer about.
Here’s a quick look at our teams:
Despite going 8-2 last season, Southington missed out on the state playoffs for the first time since 2012.
The 2018 Blue Knights are eager to return to the postseason, and it looks like they may have the personnel to get there.
Another traditional football power, Cheshire, is also coming off a solid season. The Rams compiled a respectable mark of 6-4 in 2017, but, like Southington, were shut out of the playoffs.
Unlike Southington, however, this year, Cheshire is in rebuilding mode.
While Southington and Cheshire missed out on the postseason last fall, Sheehan and Maloney both got there.
Maloney earned a near-perfect mark of 9-1 in 2017, and the Spartans punched their ticket to the playoffs after an 11-year absence.
Now, Maloney is looking to keep the program moving in the right direction.
As did Maloney, Sheehan rolled up a regular season record of 9-1 in 2017, and the Titans ended a playoff drought which dated back to 1995.
Both the Spartans and the Titans appear poised to churn out a lot of wins this time around, too.
Along with Sheehan, Lyman Hall also did Wallingford proud last year. The long-struggling Trojans put up a respectable mark of 5-5 in 2017, matching their win total of the previous five seasons combined.
Lyman Hall now takes the field with a renewed confidence.
Elsewhere in our area, Platt is coming off a 4-6 season.
Dissension was an issue for the Panthers in 2017 — enough so that Platt coaches have made chemistry a point of focus for 2018.
Meanwhile, after spending a year regrouping at the JV level, Wilcox Tech has returned to varsity status and is looking to surprise some opponents.
This should be a fun season. They all are, really.
In many ways, high school football games bring us back to a simpler time. In the stands, neighbors chat it up, former teammates and opponents reconnect, politicians do their glad-handing. Games are wonderful community events in a time when we're seeing less and less of each other, in person at least.
Football is back, and we're ready for it.