The scrimmages are over and players have put in their offseason work.
There is always something special about the opening weekend of high school football.
"On opening night, you always get to see what a team is made of," West Branch senior lineman Logan Sharp said. "Scrimmages just aren't the same as opening night. You see who the real hitters are and who the real quitters are."
The 2013 season opens tonight when Lisbon hosts Leetonia in the annual Spaghetti Bowl. The longtime rivals, who have played every year since 1940, love playing in the area's lone game tonight.
"I do because we're out there by ourselves," Lisbon senior Brandon Barnes said. "No other teams are playing."
While Lisbon and Leetonia get all the attention tonight, most area teams will kick off on Friday night.
"Scrimmages are in the daytime and then Friday night comes and you get to be under the lights," United senior Garrett Beech said. "It's a lot of fun."
"Opening night in high school football is always great because it's nice to get back into hitting people and playing under the lights," Crestview senior tight end Josh McDade said.
"It's always special," East Palestine senior lineman Chris Raley said. "Everybody loves being out there on Friday night."
For the seniors, this is their last high school football season ever.
"It's the greatest feeling," Springfield senior Gabe Crowe said. "You're never going to get that feeling ever again. When you come out, all the fans and the lights and the whole year waiting for that to happen, it's a big deal."
Some teams have some unfinished business. Crestview is coming off its first unbeaten regular season and a trip to the second round of the playoffs. The Rebels have high hopes when they host Beaver Local on Friday.
"Ever since we lost to Kirtland in the second round last year, we couldn't wait until next year," Crestview quarterback Collin Gilbert said. "We're looking forward to Beaver Local on (Friday)."
Other teams see it as a new beginning. Salem will be searching for its first win since 2011 when the Quakers host Liberty on Friday.
"Everybody just wants to fly around the first night of the year," Salem senior linebacker Logan Taylor said. "It seems to be more important to a lot of people. It's our first game back. We went 0-10 last year and we're looking to get the first win for Coach (Ron) Johnson."
Since the 2012 season ended in November, players have been building to this moment.
"Through the offseason, lifting, training, and then two-a-days, knowing you only have a month left, it's really exciting," Crowe said. "It gets your heart going."
"The summer actually flew by and I don't know if I like it," McDade said. "To me, it must went by very fast."
"I played baseball all summer, so it didn't seem that long," South Range running back Billy Goodall said.
Players are ready and waiting for the opening weekend of high school football - just like they have since Salem High School first took the field 120 years ago.
"I don't know how to describe it," Columbiana senior lineman Mike Buzzard said. "It's pretty much amazing."
It will be a thrilling weekend for football fans as Southern Local, Wellsville and South Range will open their seasons on Saturday night.
"It will be hard watching everybody play Friday and then having to wait until Saturday night," Goodall said.