When does football season start? Here's a look at high school football start dates for each state in 2022

When does football season start? Here's a look at high school football start dates for each state in 2022

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When does football season start? Here's a look at high school football start dates for each state in 2022

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The 2022 high school football season officially kicks off across the country in August and early September, with one state already underway.

Highlighted by a strong Class of 2023—from top quarterbacks Arch Manning, Malachi Nelson, Dante Moore, and Nico Iamaleava to defensive standouts Cormani McClain and Keon Keeley—the season has already generated a heavy amount of buzz.

Related: Updated USA TODAY High School Sports Recruiting Rankings: Top 50 of 2023

Ahead of the coin flips and the sights and sounds so perfectly associated with high school gridiron action on Friday nights and Saturday afternoons, here’s a rundown of when each state’s season officially begins…

Alabama

Thompson quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa, the younger brother of Alabama freshman Tua Tagovailoa (Photo: @ByCasagrande/Twitter)

(Photo: @ByCasagrande/Twitter)

High School Football Start Date: Aug. 18

Alaska

(File)

High School Football Start Date: Aug. 11

Arizona

(Rob Schumacher/The Arizona Republic via USA TODAY NETWORK)

High School Football Start Date: Aug. 19

Arkansas

Southside High School in Arkansas is phasing out the Rebel mascot in the aftermath of the South Carolina church shooting — Southside Rebels football

(File)

High School Football Start Date: Aug. 26

California

(Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY Staff)

High School Football Start Date: August 12

Colorado

(Photo: Daniel Brenner)

High School Football Start Date: Aug. 26th

Connecticut

(Photo: 247Sports)

High School Football Start Date: Sept. 8

Delaware

(USA TODAY Network)

High School Football Start Date: Sept. 1

Florida

(USA TODAY Network)

High School Football Start Date: Aug. 26

Georgia

(USA TODAY Network)

High School Football Start Date: Aug. 20

Hawaii

(Photo: Bryon Ng)

High School Football Start Date: Aug. 4

Idaho

(USA TODAY Network)

High School Football Start Date: Aug. 26

Illinois

(AP Photo/Bradley Leeb)

High School Football Start Date: Aug. 25

Indiana

(Syndication: Indianapolis)

High School Football Start Date: Aug. 19

Iowa

(Photo: Joseph Cress/Iowa City Press-Citizen)

High School Football Start Date: Aug. 26

Kansas

(Photo: Ryan Wallace/247Sports)

High School Football Start Date: Sept. 2

Kentucky

(Photo: Bryan Woolston/Special to the Courier Journal)

High School Football Start Date: Aug. 19

Louisiana

(USA TODAY Network)

High School Football Start Date: Sept. 1

Maine

(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

High School Football Start Date: Sept. 2

Maryland

(Photo: Taylor McLaughlin)

High School Football Start Date: Sept. 2

Massachusetts

(Pexels photo)

High School Football Start Date: Sept. 9

Michigan

(USA TODAY Network)

High School Football Start Date: Aug. 25

Minnesota

(USA TODAY Network)

High School Football Start Date: Sept. 1

Mississippi

(USA TODAY Network)

High School Football Start Date: Aug. 26

Missouri

(Photo: 247Sports)

High School Football Start Date: Aug. 26

Montana

(File)

High School Football Start Date: Aug. 26

Nebraska

(Photo: Brian Powers/The Register)

High School Football Start Date: Aug. 25

Nevada

(Photo: Tom R. Smedes/Special to RGJ)

High School Football Start Date: Aug. 18

New Hampshire

Football stock photo.

High School Football Start Date: Sept. 1

New Jersey

(Photo: Sherry Saccoliti)

High School Football Start Date: Sept. 2

New Mexico

(USA TODAY Network)

High School Football Start Date: Aug. 19

New York

(USA TODAY Network)

High School Football Start Date: Sept. 1

North Carolina

(USA TODAY Network)

High School Football Start Date: Aug. 19

North Dakota

(FILE)

High School Football Start Date: Aug. 18

Ohio

(USA TODAY Network)

High School Football Start Date: Aug. 19

Oklahoma

(Syndication: Tulsa)

High School Football Start Date: Aug. 25

Oregon

(USA TODAY Network)

High School Football Start Date: Sept. 1

Pennsylvania

(Photo: North Alleghany Athletics)

High School Football Start Date: Aug. 26

Rhode Island

(USA TODAY Network)

High School Football Start Date: Sept. 2

South Carolina

(USA TODAY Network)

High School Football Start Date: Aug. 19

South Dakota

(USA TODAY Network)

High School Football Start Date: Aug. 18

Tennessee

(Photo: Andrew Nelles/The Tennessean)

High School Football Start Date: Aug. 18

Texas

(USA TODAY Network)

High School Football Start Date: Aug. 25

Utah

(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

High School Football Start Date: Aug. 12

Vermont

(BRIAN JENKINS, for the Free Press)

High School Football Start Date: Sept. 2

Virginia

(Photo: Ricky DeBerry Sr.)

High School Football Start Date: Aug. 26

Washington

(Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports)

High School Football Start Date: Aug. 17

West Virginia

(USA TODAY Network)

High School Football Start Date: Aug. 26

Wisconsin

(Photo: Gary C. Klein/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin)

High School Football Start Date: Aug. 18

Wyoming

(Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports)

High School Football Start Date: Aug. 25

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