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  • Writer's pictureRoger Sims, Journal Staff

The Friday night lights are back on as football season kicks off again

Updated: Oct 18, 2023

Prairie View FFA adviser Trenton Smedley snips off end of a package of a frozen treat for first-grader Kanton during the tailgating leading up to Friday night's game. (Photos by Roger Sims/Linn County Journal)

The football field lights were on again last Friday night as Prairie View, Jayhawk-Linn and Pleasanton varsity high school teams took to the field after a 10-month off-season.

The Jayhawks, opening their season away, resumed their winning ways under head coach Dusty Johnson, overwhelming Northeast with a score of 52-14

The Pleasanton Blu-Jays, under new head coach Clint Johnson, had a come-from-behind victory at Uniontown, 13-8.

The Prairie View Buffalos, the only Linn County team at home for their season start had a rougher time on the gridiron playing against perennial powerhouse Parsons, who handed the Buffalos a 42-8 loss.

La Cygne City Clerk Jodi Wade watches as a young Buffalo fan tries his hand at a golf game.

Despite the loss, though, Prairie View fans showed up for pre-game tailgating activities and treats offered by the FFA chapter, Parker and La Cygne elementary schools, games hosted by the city of La Cygne, and booths by other PVHS athletes and organizations.

In addition to performances by the Prairie View Marching Band, including songs by the ‘70s group Chicago and the musical “Chicago,” those attending the game sang mostly in unison the Buffalo fight song. And the state 3A champion girls track team was honored at halftime.

So after weeks of practice, and maybe months of anticipation, Friday night football is back.

The Prairie View Marching Band pauses its march into the stadium to play for the tailgaters.

With a cowbell in hand, first-grader Max and his mother Jaisha Murillo prepare to cheer on the football team as they enter the stadium.

Senior Peyton Doty leads the team through the gauntlet of fans as the team runs onto the field, and a new season begins.

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