There is no doubt that football is my favorite sport, so this time of year is kind of like Christmas. College football has started with some upsets and not so surprising outcomes, and the NFL will start soon enough. Now it is time for local high school football teams to start up. High school football can be very unpredictable since players move in and out constantly, which makes it very exciting. High school is similar to college football in that way. Sometimes you will have a game come down to the wire and sometimes you have one of those 50, 60 or even 70-plus point blowouts. There are a variety of matchups for local high school football teams this Friday. Leavenworth will play Shawnee Mission East, who finished third in the Sunflower League last season. Lansing and Tonganoxie meet each other for a Kaw Valley League game. Both finished toward the bottom of the league a season ago. Immaculata will play a team that finished with the same 2-7 record as it did last season in Sumner. Pleasant Ridge will start out with an Atchinson team that beat the Rams 46-6 in last season’s season opener. Basehor-Linwood had a disappointing season by finishing under .500 last season, and will open the season with Bishop Ward, who didn’t win a game last season. The Bobcats won 56-0 against them to start the 2012 season. So we have some matchups that look like they should be blowouts and some that are expected to be close. It would not surprise me if half of the games expected to be blowouts end up close, and the games that are expected to be close end up being blowouts. There is a reason there is gambling in college and pro football, because football is very unpredictable, especially early in the season. You can look at last year’s record and stats, but each team has different players, which could lead to different results. It is even difficult to predict which players will have breakout seasons, and which will under perform compared to the previous season. I like to think there aren’t really upsets in sports. Any team can step up and play well on any day. Many of these local games could end up being the expected result, but they could all go the other way, too. No matter the result, go out and support your team on every football Friday night.