Barbers Hill, RSS to wait until Aug. 12 

The day so many Texans have been waiting for officially arrives on Monday: The beginning of the 2019 high school football season.

The first practices of the new campaign with kick off at Robert E. Lee, Goose Creek Memorial, Crosby and Anahuac high schools, while Ross S. Sterling and Barbers Hill high schools will wait until Aug. 12 since they both held spring football sessions.

Crosby, Anahuac, Dayton and Baytown Christian are also set for Aug. 5.

Regardless of when they all start, the reality is, coaches can’t wait to get started.

“I think all of us know the first day of school feeling when we were kids,” Lee head coach Tim Finn said. “It was a combination of excitement and anxiety. Take that feeling you had and take it times 10. It is a feeling that never really changes and never gets old.  I am really looking forward to it.”

REL opens the season against Westbury in Houston at 7 p.m. on Aug. 30.

Shannon Carter takes over the GCM Patriots and is just as enthused for his official first day in charge of his first varsity program.

“I am extremely excited to begin the season,” Carter said. “We have tons of schemes and practice structures to get our new coaches and kids adapted to, but the challenge has been welcomed and embraced.”

The Patriots and Carter get the new program kicked off for area teams when they host Sam Rayburn on at 7 p.m. on Aug. 29 at Stallworth Stadium.

GCM has six home games this season.

Barbers Hill kicks off its season just a little over two weeks before hitting the practice field, traveling to Magnolia on Aug. 30. Kickoff is set for 7. 

“No problem for me waiting for practice,” Barbers Hill head coach Tom Westerberg said. “I’ve been on this schedule for 15 years and I am always excited to start the year to see how the kids perform.”

Sterling will host Clear Creek at 7 p.m. Aug. 30 at Stallworth.

Crosby hosts New Caney and Anahuac travels to Tarkington on Aug. 30 for their respective first games.

A six-man program, Baytown Christian plays its first game at 11 a.m. on Aug. 31 and will go up against Haslet Christian Academy at Emery Weiner High School. 

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