The long wait is finally over.
The first sounds of high school football in Galveston County will finally be heard, starting Monday.
The four area schools that chose to forego spring practices will take their first steps in the journey of a new football season with the first day of practice.
The rest who held spring practices will get to take the field Aug. 11.
Texas City and Santa Fe players will report bright and early Monday at 6 a.m. at Stingaree Stadium and Indian Stadium, respectively.
At 7 a.m., the Coogs take to the La Marque High School practice fields for their first day of drills.
Friendswood will kick off its practices on a late afternoon schedule, beginning their first day of practice at 5 p.m. at Winston Stadium.
In the coming days and weeks, the young men we will root for on Friday nights will go from noncontact drills to contact drills to scrimmages, and then, before we know it, game day.
I have already contracted full-blown football fever.
Every day for the past week or so has been a blur preparing for the new Galveston County football preview magazine (which hits newsstands Aug. 24), as I have had little time to think of anything else.
As I type this, my head throbs from the stress, but my heart races from the excitement and anticipation for a new season.
The potential for so many great stories on teams and players is almost overwhelming, especially in my first go-round as The Daily News’ sports editor.
Despite growing up just a short trip down Highway 6 in Alvin, there are so many new aspects of the local landscape to learn.
When I was in high school, Ball High and La Marque were in larger divisions, while Friendswood and Dickinson were in a smaller ones.
During the two-year span from 2006-08 when I returned from college to the area, Clear Springs became a new school and Clear Falls did not even exist.
After nearly six years working in San Antonio and the Hill Country, things have certainly changed.
Let the countdown to the season’s first kickoff begin.