Keep your eyes on

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The 2008 high school football season starts in a matter of days. Here are a couple of things to keep your eye on this season.

The Santa Rita Eagles were easily the best high school football story in southern Arizona this past season and arguably the hands down best story in state and certainly one of the best stories in the nation last season. What sort of magic will they produce this season? Can it be duplicated? Is it anything more than the aura of head coach Jeff Scurran? Can't wait to find out!

Canyon Del Oro and Sabino have been class 4A models of excellence the last several seasons. The leadership of Pat Nugent with the Dorados and Jay Campos with the Sabercats can't be questioned. Both programs have shown the ability to reload and both programs have the standard to suggest that getting to the playoffs isn't good enough, winning the state championship is the goal!

The Salpointe Catholic Lancers took a few hits with a young team a season ago. Expectations are always high under the direction of head coach Dennis Benet. The Lancers can recruit players at the high school level and often have the nicest facilities in town. Does that translate into "higher" expectations? Probably so, but they are expectations that Benet knows all to well!

And if you're someone that enjoys the game, no matter who the teams may be, you better get yourself over to Palo Verde high school. Adam Hall has a chance to be great. The senior wide receiver and defensive back is the real deal and is being recruited heavily by the likes of Arizona, Oregon and USC. He is an athlete in the truest sense of the word!

And goodness gracious, my heart just wants to root for the young fellas from Tucson High school. They've carded an 0-20 in the first two seasons under head coach Vincent Smith. I once did a story on a high school cheerleading team at a west Texas high school that had the task of cheering for a team that hadn't won a game in what seemed like forever. It was funny, I guess, but probably not so much for the football team itself. Here's to hoping the Badgers find the winning ways in 2008