Football season brings Friday night delights

September 13, 2011

By Michael Payant

Michael Payant Hall Monitor Liberty High School

There are many aspect to high school — the drama, the cliques, the stressful classes and the growing sense of responsibility placed on students, just to name a few. Ultimately, school is all about the student experience, and it doesn’t get much better than fall Friday nights in the Issaquah School District.

Skyline is perennially among the best 4A football teams in the state, despite falling short of its ultimate goal last season. Issaquah’s team sometimes gets lost in Skyline’s shadow, but their recent play has been nothing to scoff at either. Liberty has provided plenty of football drama in my four-year tenure here, and has found its way to the playoffs every year, including a 3A state championship appearance.

Last year, when Liberty took on Skyline and Issaquah at home in consecutive weeks, the school needed overflow seating to handle the massive crowds. Both Skyline and Issaquah sent out fans in droves and saw great games. This year, Liberty traveled to take on the opposing schools and the stands were packed once again.

There’s a reason “Friday Night Lights” was so popular. High school football on a crisp autumn evening is more than just a game. There is something special about gathering with hundreds of your peers to cheer your team to victory, especially against a rival. Divisive cliques fade into one cohesive cheer squad; the drama and stress that bother you in school turn into the drama and stress of excitement that makes sports great.

Win or lose, there is no other experience like it. Years into the future, when my hair grays prematurely, my vision starts to falter and lesser memories are forgotten, I will remember these Friday nights.

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