Can you smell the grills smoking? Do you hear the marching bands warming up? Do you feel the excitement brewing as fans argue in barbershops and next to the water cooler at work about who will be No. 1?
Well if you can't feel the anticipation then something is wrong with you.
Football season is right around the corner for the Pros, college and high schools.
Personally I can hardly wait. There is something about football, especially around here that gets the blood pumping.
I love how people defend their team even if they know that team is mediocre at best. It does not matter because a new season brings with it new expectations and a hope that this will be the year.
When a new season starts everyone is even. The records are 0-0 which gives everyone a shot and that my friend is what gets the juices flowing.
Last season we had some excitement in our area, particularly with our high school teams.
This year as the season approaches I am eager to see what first year coaches Kendrick Woodard (East Side) and Joac Williams (West Bolivar) will do in their first full season as a head coach. I'm not referring to wins and losses, but I'm referring to the program they attempt to institute giving the success their programs are known for.
The team that has me on the edge of my seat is the Shaw Hawks under head coach Kendrick Smith. I am only basing this off of year after year improvements as well as their performance in this year's Delta Touchdown Club Jamboree.
I know it was only a short scrimmage and the defenses were running some base looks, but the last time I check football was about running, blocking, tackling and catching and it seemed on that day Shaw did that better than anyone else. JUST SAYING.
I think that the Cleveland Wildcats should be strong this year. They have a good coaching staff and I believe they will be strong in the trenches. I believe in their playmakers especially the quarterback and that little running back; I think his last name is Maxie? Not sure. But they are a team that's always prepared and this may be the year they make some noise in the area.
The JFK Hornets are always a solid team and will give you a solid effort. With the reclassifications that were enacted this season it should make for an interesting season. JFK, Shaw, Broad Street, Ray Brooks, St. Joe, McAdams, Montgomery County, Durant and St. Aloysius are all in the same region.
The Ruleville Tigers will have to compete with East Side, Humphreys County, J.J. McClain, Leflore County, and O'Bannon.
Cleveland High will be locked in the region with Greenwood, Yazoo City, Yazoo County, Amanda Elzy and Gentry.
West Bolivar will have to see Hollandale, J.Z. George, Leland, South Delta and Riverside.
The Bayou Academy Colts have a new coach in James Hicks and with him comes a renewed energy around the program.
On the college ranks Delta State has a new coach in Todd Cooley who brings to Delta State his high-octane system after serving as the offensive coordinator at Northwestern State University (2009-2012), University of Central Arkansas (2005-2008) and Arkansas Tech University (2004).
During the Statesmen's annual spring game it was fast paced and very exciting. I am looking forward to seeing what the Green and White do this season on the gridiron.
I have not forgotten about Mississippi Delta and Coahoma as well as Mississippi Valley State. These are all schools that we cover personally and we look forward to the opportunity to watch each of them excel and perform to the highest.
Donell Maxie is a staff writer for The Bolivar Commercial He can be reached at 843-4241 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.