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Don’t pass on Camarillo, Rio Mesa pigskin

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High school football doesn’t just entertain us, it consumes us. From August until December, in large cities and small towns across the country, the high school gridiron becomes a mecca for mascots and cheerleaders, dance teams and marching bands, rivals and fans.

There’s something special about those Friday night games.

In America, prep football represents amateur sport at its finest. We love it.

Both local high schools return to action next week as Camarillo visits Buena High on Aug. 31 and Rio Mesa travels to Santa Barbara to take on San Marcos.

The excitement is palpable, and a special preview of the ACHS football team that appears in the paper today will let fans know what’s in store for the Scorpions’ 2012 season. Stay tuned next week for coverage of Rio Mesa.

Whichever school you root for, the area pigskin drama promises to be better than ever.

The Pacific View League will be a dogfight. Camarillo looks to defend its title and Rio Mesa wants to knock out its crosstown rival.

If you’re not familiar with the local football scene, you may be asking yourself, “Why all the fuss?”

The fact is the Acorn has always prided itself on covering all of our local high school teams enthusiastically—and we’ll continue to do so—but we can’t ignore the hard facts: Football is currently king of the mountain.

In recent seasons, matchups between the league’s top teams have drawn thousands of fans, proving it’s more than just players’ friends and families who are watching. Like it or not, the same can’t be said for all high school sports.

We think the Friday night lights will be brighter than ever this year. The buzz is building; you can already hear a whistle in the distance.

Open up this week’s Camarillo Acorn (page 23), catch up on the action and get ready for kickoff.

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