Rain did not dampen excitement of high school football kickoff

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The Friday night lights have been turned on, and high school football players and fans across north-central Alabama kicked off another season with a bang.

Friday night marked the start of the 2009 season for many area high schools.

The night got off to a soggy start at many schools around the area, but the rain didn't dampen spirits.

Fans young and old said they are thrilled football season is back, and it is something they look forward to all year.

At Spain Park High School parents like Angelia Daniel cheered on her son and the other Jaguars.

"I think all the parents are the biggest cheerleaders," said Angelia Daniel, "We feel like we are out there. We are running down the field with them this year."

At Briarwood Christian School, fans of all ages arrived early with their umbrellas to take part in a tailgating tradition. Everyone said they look forward to the start of football season all summer.

"Fall is a great time of the year," said Brad Gray, "We love football in the south, and here at Briarwood. It's great."

"I think the families get together and they really get behind the football team," said Briarwood parent Larry Logsdon, "it's a good time for all the students, it's a lot of fun."

Fans across the area hope they will have a lot to cheer for as the season goes on.