Opening week's top games a dandy

Most people across the world observe the New Year in January. It is of course the start of the calendar year. But ask a high school football fan when their year starts and they'll most likely point to the third Friday in August.

After months of waiting, the new high school football season is upon us.  Everything is fresh, new, and expectations are high for fans, players, and coaches across the state.  Opening night of the season is always a spectacle full of pageantry, excitement, and hope that your team can make a run at the state title.

It's these Friday nights that creates memories that last a lifetime.  Whether it is the sights, the sounds, or the roller coaster of emotions, high school football is the glue that brings communities together like no other event. 

Like a blast from a cannon, the 2011 season is starting with a bang.  The opening night slate of games looks more like something you would see in late November or December.  Several contests could be a preview of the third or fourth round of the playoffs.

Picking the Dandy Dozen this week was incredibly hard.  It was such a daunting task that I employed the help of all our correspondents.  We could have easily selected 24 games but after hours of debate came up with twelve.
 
Week 1 Dandy Dozen Games
1.  Butler at Mallard Creek
2. New Bern at Hillside
3. Scotland at Seventy-First
4. Shelby at A.L. Brown
5. Sun Valley at Richmond County
6. Page at Davie County
7. West Rowan at Mooresville
8. East Bladen at Southwest Onslow
9. Northwood at East Duplin
10. Vance at Berry
11. Southwest Edgecombe at Southern Nash
12. Dudley at Southern Durham
 

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