The high school football season is back into full swing and all of the hard work and conditioning the during the past nine months in the weight room, summer camps and preseason practices should begin to pay off.

The high school football season is back into full swing and all of the hard work and conditioning the during the past nine months in the weight room, summer camps and preseason practices should begin to pay off.

It’s game time – nothing can replace the anticipation of the opening kickoff in a season opener.

Coaches and players usually have difficulty sleeping the night before. Athletes at all levels are held accountable for their level of play by everyone who watches them play – tested, evaluated and graded by a win or loss.

Accountability builds trust between teammates. Accountable athletes look to themselves first to make a difference when things are not going well.

Great teams consist of a group who feel and act with a collective spirit of being responsible to one another. Members of a high school team learn to win and lose together and do not let each other down, no matter the results.

The greatest compliment an athlete can receive is to be called a great teammate!

• I watched every snap during the Chiefs’ second preseason game. I believe they have improved their team speed a great deal. The defensive line needs to step up though. All in all, they appear to be headed in the right direction.

• It looks like several local small colleges will be ranked high again this year. Small college football in the area is really exciting.

• Lou Piniella – “Sweet Lou” – has been a positive figure in baseball, both as a player and as a manager.

• My quote of the week is from Henri Frederic Amiel, a Swiss essayist: “He who floats with the current, who does not guide himself according to higher principles, who has no ideal, no real standards – such a man is a mere article of the world’s furniture – a thing moved, instead of a living and moving being – an echo, not a voice.”