It was 1989 at a football banquet that an old coach told me and the rest of the assembled crowd that it was the final time that team would be together. New seasons change things, no matter how much similarity is carried forward.
Sure, there might be a rare occasion when every member of a team returns the next season, though it’s unlikely there would be no new additions. Even at a reunion, time has passed, memories faded, people changed.
The fact is, every season brings new attitudes, new adversity, new chemistry. Like death and taxes, change is certain. Look no further than this year’s district alignment for Florida high school football. Life will radically be different for many of our teams just in that aspect alone.
One local school, Florida Air Academy, has dropped football since the end of 2012. Three schools enter the season with new head coaches.
While Jake Owens is not completely new to Space Coast, this is the first season the team is his from the start. What won’t change is that the Vipers face challenges. Big ones. Learn more inside.
Bayside and Titusville have their own new coaches. The Bears welcome theirs to one of those rather new districts, while the Terriers have one challenge they’ve had for years and years: how to return to glory. Our team at FLORIDA TODAY has changed as well, and as the Internet and social media continue to evolve, we face new challenges. Perhaps we are no different than those coaches and players across the county who succeed by looking at challenges and changes as new opportunities.
Here is what won’t change. Like nine other high school sports this fall, football has an unlimited number of stories to tell, and we are finding more and more ways to tell them, from tweets to video to interactive web pages. We hope you’re in for as much fun as we are.