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 High school football is much more than a sport in much of America. In the south, with Florida being no exception, it is a culture. For many, from players to coaches to parents to cheerleaders to band members, life revolves around when those lights turn on come Friday night.  Above: The Riverview Sharks warm up before a game against the Lennard Longhorns at Lennard High in Ruskin, Fla., on Friday, Sept. 18, 2015. 

High school football is much more than a sport in much of America. In the south, with Florida being no exception, it is a culture. For many, from players to coaches to parents to cheerleaders to band members, life revolves around when those lights turn on come Friday night.

Above: The Riverview Sharks warm up before a game against the Lennard Longhorns at Lennard High in Ruskin, Fla., on Friday, Sept. 18, 2015. 

 Jesuit players practice at Jesuit High on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015.

Jesuit players practice at Jesuit High on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015.

 The Springstead Eagles pray together in a classroom before a game against the Nature Coast Tech Sharks at Frank W. Springstead High in Spring Hill, Fla., on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016.

The Springstead Eagles pray together in a classroom before a game against the Nature Coast Tech Sharks at Frank W. Springstead High in Spring Hill, Fla., on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016.

 Armwood head coach Sean Callahan pumps his team up before the start of a region final game against Gainesville at Armwood High in Seffner, Fla., on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. Armwood advanced with a 40-20 victory. 

Armwood head coach Sean Callahan pumps his team up before the start of a region final game against Gainesville at Armwood High in Seffner, Fla., on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. Armwood advanced with a 40-20 victory. 

 Plant City freshman running back Zamir' Knighten sits on the bus with teammates to escape pelting rain before facing the Tampa Bay Tech Titans at Tampa Bay Tech High in Tampa, Fla., on Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. 

Plant City freshman running back Zamir' Knighten sits on the bus with teammates to escape pelting rain before facing the Tampa Bay Tech Titans at Tampa Bay Tech High in Tampa, Fla., on Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. 

 The Tampa Bay Tech Titans stand at attention for the national anthem before a game against the Lennard Longhorns at Lennard High in Ruskin, Fla., on Friday, Oct. 16, 2015. 

The Tampa Bay Tech Titans stand at attention for the national anthem before a game against the Lennard Longhorns at Lennard High in Ruskin, Fla., on Friday, Oct. 16, 2015. 

 The Lakewood Spartans warm up before a preseason game against the Sunlake Seahawks in Land O' Lakes, Fla., on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017. 

The Lakewood Spartans warm up before a preseason game against the Sunlake Seahawks in Land O' Lakes, Fla., on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017. 

 Springstead cheerleaders perform during the first half of a game between the Nature Coast Tech Sharks and Springstead Eagles at Frank W. Springstead High in Spring Hill, Fla., on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016.

Springstead cheerleaders perform during the first half of a game between the Nature Coast Tech Sharks and Springstead Eagles at Frank W. Springstead High in Spring Hill, Fla., on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016.

 Torrential rain pours down during a game between the Plant City Raiders and Tampa Bay Tech Titans at Tampa Bay Tech High in Tampa, Fla., on Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. With approaching lightning, a weather delay soon stopped the action. 

Torrential rain pours down during a game between the Plant City Raiders and Tampa Bay Tech Titans at Tampa Bay Tech High in Tampa, Fla., on Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. With approaching lightning, a weather delay soon stopped the action. 

 Robinson players take a water break during a particularly hot preseason practice at Robinson High in Tampa, Fla., on Monday, May 2, 2016.

Robinson players take a water break during a particularly hot preseason practice at Robinson High in Tampa, Fla., on Monday, May 2, 2016.

 Armwood players stay cool in the shade before facing Tampa Bay Tech in a spring football jamboree at Plant City High in Plant City, Fla., on Thursday, May 19, 2016.

Armwood players stay cool in the shade before facing Tampa Bay Tech in a spring football jamboree at Plant City High in Plant City, Fla., on Thursday, May 19, 2016.

 The Lennard Longhorns take the field under ominous skies as the marching band plays at Lennard High in Ruskin, Fla., on Friday, Sept. 18, 2015. 

The Lennard Longhorns take the field under ominous skies as the marching band plays at Lennard High in Ruskin, Fla., on Friday, Sept. 18, 2015. 

 Drum major Eddie Gunns (center) prepares the Tampa Bay Tech drumline for a performance before a game at Tampa Bay Tech High in Tampa, Fla., on Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. 

Drum major Eddie Gunns (center) prepares the Tampa Bay Tech drumline for a performance before a game at Tampa Bay Tech High in Tampa, Fla., on Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. 

 Robinson receiver Devon Hunter adjusts his do-rag during practice at Robinson High in Tampa, Fla., on Monday, May 2, 2016.

Robinson receiver Devon Hunter adjusts his do-rag during practice at Robinson High in Tampa, Fla., on Monday, May 2, 2016.

 Plant City Raiders prepare for a game against the Tampa Bay Tech Titans at Tampa Bay Tech High in Tampa, Fla., on Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. 

Plant City Raiders prepare for a game against the Tampa Bay Tech Titans at Tampa Bay Tech High in Tampa, Fla., on Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. 

 Robinson outside linebacker DeAndre Powell is tended to by a coach shortly after suffering a concussion during practice at Robinson High in Tampa, Fla., on Monday, May 2, 2016. Powell sat out practice the rest of spring and summer, not permitted to take another hit until fall practices began.   

Robinson outside linebacker DeAndre Powell is tended to by a coach shortly after suffering a concussion during practice at Robinson High in Tampa, Fla., on Monday, May 2, 2016. Powell sat out practice the rest of spring and summer, not permitted to take another hit until fall practices began.

 

 Injured Armwood players Aaron Grier (left) and Dalton Katrein watch the action from the sideline as their teammates play Tampa Bay Tech in a spring football jamboree at Plant City High in Plant City, Fla., on Thursday, May 19, 2016.

Injured Armwood players Aaron Grier (left) and Dalton Katrein watch the action from the sideline as their teammates play Tampa Bay Tech in a spring football jamboree at Plant City High in Plant City, Fla., on Thursday, May 19, 2016.

 Tampa Bay Tech varsity football players wait to take the field in the visitor's locker room before facing off against Lennard at Lennard High in Ruskin, Fla., on Friday, Oct. 17, 2015. 

Tampa Bay Tech varsity football players wait to take the field in the visitor's locker room before facing off against Lennard at Lennard High in Ruskin, Fla., on Friday, Oct. 17, 2015. 

 Sunlake's Adam Jarvis gets his team pumped up before playing Lakewood in Land O' Lakes, Fla., on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017. 

Sunlake's Adam Jarvis gets his team pumped up before playing Lakewood in Land O' Lakes, Fla., on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017. 

 Lennard High senior cheerleader Kimiera Wesley, 17, is flipped into the air by teammates while practicing a routine before a game between the Lennard High Longhorns and Riverview Sharks at Lennard High in Ruskin, Fla., on Friday, Sept. 18, 2015. 

Lennard High senior cheerleader Kimiera Wesley, 17, is flipped into the air by teammates while practicing a routine before a game between the Lennard High Longhorns and Riverview Sharks at Lennard High in Ruskin, Fla., on Friday, Sept. 18, 2015. 

 Tampa Bay Tech cornerback and safety Tyrese Pearson watches his team's offense go to work late in a tight game against Lennard at Lennard High in Ruskin, Fla., on Friday, Oct. 16, 2015. 

Tampa Bay Tech cornerback and safety Tyrese Pearson watches his team's offense go to work late in a tight game against Lennard at Lennard High in Ruskin, Fla., on Friday, Oct. 16, 2015. 

 Sunlake quarterback Ryan Kasper dives at the end of a run during a preseason game against Lakewood in Land O' Lakes, Fla., on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017. 

Sunlake quarterback Ryan Kasper dives at the end of a run during a preseason game against Lakewood in Land O' Lakes, Fla., on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017. 

 Jesuit players celebrate with classmates after beating Tampa Catholic 35-20 at Jesuit High in Tampa, Fla. on Friday, Nov. 6, 2015. The win gave Jesuit a 10-0 record for the season.

Jesuit players celebrate with classmates after beating Tampa Catholic 35-20 at Jesuit High in Tampa, Fla. on Friday, Nov. 6, 2015. The win gave Jesuit a 10-0 record for the season.

 Tampa Bay Tech head coach Jayson Roberts speaks to his team during a postgame huddle at Tampa Bay Tech High in Tampa, Fla., on Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. Despite blowing out Plant City to move to 5-0 for the season, the talk maintained a serious tone. Armwood, one of the best programs in the state, was up next on the schedule. 

Tampa Bay Tech head coach Jayson Roberts speaks to his team during a postgame huddle at Tampa Bay Tech High in Tampa, Fla., on Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. Despite blowing out Plant City to move to 5-0 for the season, the talk maintained a serious tone. Armwood, one of the best programs in the state, was up next on the schedule. 

 Lakeland running back Damarius Jones breaks into tears after losing to Plant in a Class 7A region semifinal game at Plant High in Tampa, Fla., on Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. The 25-21 loss ended Lakeland's season, and Jones' high school football career. 

Lakeland running back Damarius Jones breaks into tears after losing to Plant in a Class 7A region semifinal game at Plant High in Tampa, Fla., on Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. The 25-21 loss ended Lakeland's season, and Jones' high school football career. 

 Durant running back Cameron Myers walks to the team bus after his season ended with a 14-7 loss to East Lake at East Lake High in Tarpon Springs, Fla., on Friday, Nov. 11, 2016. 

Durant running back Cameron Myers walks to the team bus after his season ended with a 14-7 loss to East Lake at East Lake High in Tarpon Springs, Fla., on Friday, Nov. 11, 2016. 

High school football is much more than a sport in much of America. In the south, with Florida being no exception, it is a culture. For many, from players to coaches to parents to cheerleaders to band members, life revolves around when those lights turn on come Friday night.

Above: The Riverview Sharks warm up before a game against the Lennard Longhorns at Lennard High in Ruskin, Fla., on Friday, Sept. 18, 2015. 

Jesuit players practice at Jesuit High on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015.

The Springstead Eagles pray together in a classroom before a game against the Nature Coast Tech Sharks at Frank W. Springstead High in Spring Hill, Fla., on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016.

Armwood head coach Sean Callahan pumps his team up before the start of a region final game against Gainesville at Armwood High in Seffner, Fla., on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. Armwood advanced with a 40-20 victory. 

Plant City freshman running back Zamir' Knighten sits on the bus with teammates to escape pelting rain before facing the Tampa Bay Tech Titans at Tampa Bay Tech High in Tampa, Fla., on Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. 

The Tampa Bay Tech Titans stand at attention for the national anthem before a game against the Lennard Longhorns at Lennard High in Ruskin, Fla., on Friday, Oct. 16, 2015. 

The Lakewood Spartans warm up before a preseason game against the Sunlake Seahawks in Land O' Lakes, Fla., on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017. 

Springstead cheerleaders perform during the first half of a game between the Nature Coast Tech Sharks and Springstead Eagles at Frank W. Springstead High in Spring Hill, Fla., on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016.

Torrential rain pours down during a game between the Plant City Raiders and Tampa Bay Tech Titans at Tampa Bay Tech High in Tampa, Fla., on Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. With approaching lightning, a weather delay soon stopped the action. 

Robinson players take a water break during a particularly hot preseason practice at Robinson High in Tampa, Fla., on Monday, May 2, 2016.

Armwood players stay cool in the shade before facing Tampa Bay Tech in a spring football jamboree at Plant City High in Plant City, Fla., on Thursday, May 19, 2016.

The Lennard Longhorns take the field under ominous skies as the marching band plays at Lennard High in Ruskin, Fla., on Friday, Sept. 18, 2015. 

Drum major Eddie Gunns (center) prepares the Tampa Bay Tech drumline for a performance before a game at Tampa Bay Tech High in Tampa, Fla., on Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. 

Robinson receiver Devon Hunter adjusts his do-rag during practice at Robinson High in Tampa, Fla., on Monday, May 2, 2016.

Plant City Raiders prepare for a game against the Tampa Bay Tech Titans at Tampa Bay Tech High in Tampa, Fla., on Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. 

Robinson outside linebacker DeAndre Powell is tended to by a coach shortly after suffering a concussion during practice at Robinson High in Tampa, Fla., on Monday, May 2, 2016. Powell sat out practice the rest of spring and summer, not permitted to take another hit until fall practices began.

 

Injured Armwood players Aaron Grier (left) and Dalton Katrein watch the action from the sideline as their teammates play Tampa Bay Tech in a spring football jamboree at Plant City High in Plant City, Fla., on Thursday, May 19, 2016.

Tampa Bay Tech varsity football players wait to take the field in the visitor's locker room before facing off against Lennard at Lennard High in Ruskin, Fla., on Friday, Oct. 17, 2015. 

Sunlake's Adam Jarvis gets his team pumped up before playing Lakewood in Land O' Lakes, Fla., on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017. 

Lennard High senior cheerleader Kimiera Wesley, 17, is flipped into the air by teammates while practicing a routine before a game between the Lennard High Longhorns and Riverview Sharks at Lennard High in Ruskin, Fla., on Friday, Sept. 18, 2015. 

Tampa Bay Tech cornerback and safety Tyrese Pearson watches his team's offense go to work late in a tight game against Lennard at Lennard High in Ruskin, Fla., on Friday, Oct. 16, 2015. 

Sunlake quarterback Ryan Kasper dives at the end of a run during a preseason game against Lakewood in Land O' Lakes, Fla., on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017. 

Jesuit players celebrate with classmates after beating Tampa Catholic 35-20 at Jesuit High in Tampa, Fla. on Friday, Nov. 6, 2015. The win gave Jesuit a 10-0 record for the season.

Tampa Bay Tech head coach Jayson Roberts speaks to his team during a postgame huddle at Tampa Bay Tech High in Tampa, Fla., on Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. Despite blowing out Plant City to move to 5-0 for the season, the talk maintained a serious tone. Armwood, one of the best programs in the state, was up next on the schedule. 

Lakeland running back Damarius Jones breaks into tears after losing to Plant in a Class 7A region semifinal game at Plant High in Tampa, Fla., on Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. The 25-21 loss ended Lakeland's season, and Jones' high school football career. 

Durant running back Cameron Myers walks to the team bus after his season ended with a 14-7 loss to East Lake at East Lake High in Tarpon Springs, Fla., on Friday, Nov. 11, 2016. 

 High school football is much more than a sport in much of America. In the south, with Florida being no exception, it is a culture. For many, from players to coaches to parents to cheerleaders to band members, life revolves around when those lights turn on come Friday night.  Above: The Riverview Sharks warm up before a game against the Lennard Longhorns at Lennard High in Ruskin, Fla., on Friday, Sept. 18, 2015. 
 Jesuit players practice at Jesuit High on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015.
 The Springstead Eagles pray together in a classroom before a game against the Nature Coast Tech Sharks at Frank W. Springstead High in Spring Hill, Fla., on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016.
 Armwood head coach Sean Callahan pumps his team up before the start of a region final game against Gainesville at Armwood High in Seffner, Fla., on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. Armwood advanced with a 40-20 victory. 
 Plant City freshman running back Zamir' Knighten sits on the bus with teammates to escape pelting rain before facing the Tampa Bay Tech Titans at Tampa Bay Tech High in Tampa, Fla., on Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. 
 The Tampa Bay Tech Titans stand at attention for the national anthem before a game against the Lennard Longhorns at Lennard High in Ruskin, Fla., on Friday, Oct. 16, 2015. 
 The Lakewood Spartans warm up before a preseason game against the Sunlake Seahawks in Land O' Lakes, Fla., on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017. 
 Springstead cheerleaders perform during the first half of a game between the Nature Coast Tech Sharks and Springstead Eagles at Frank W. Springstead High in Spring Hill, Fla., on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016.
 Torrential rain pours down during a game between the Plant City Raiders and Tampa Bay Tech Titans at Tampa Bay Tech High in Tampa, Fla., on Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. With approaching lightning, a weather delay soon stopped the action. 
 Robinson players take a water break during a particularly hot preseason practice at Robinson High in Tampa, Fla., on Monday, May 2, 2016.
 Armwood players stay cool in the shade before facing Tampa Bay Tech in a spring football jamboree at Plant City High in Plant City, Fla., on Thursday, May 19, 2016.
 The Lennard Longhorns take the field under ominous skies as the marching band plays at Lennard High in Ruskin, Fla., on Friday, Sept. 18, 2015. 
 Drum major Eddie Gunns (center) prepares the Tampa Bay Tech drumline for a performance before a game at Tampa Bay Tech High in Tampa, Fla., on Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. 
 Robinson receiver Devon Hunter adjusts his do-rag during practice at Robinson High in Tampa, Fla., on Monday, May 2, 2016.
 Plant City Raiders prepare for a game against the Tampa Bay Tech Titans at Tampa Bay Tech High in Tampa, Fla., on Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. 
 Robinson outside linebacker DeAndre Powell is tended to by a coach shortly after suffering a concussion during practice at Robinson High in Tampa, Fla., on Monday, May 2, 2016. Powell sat out practice the rest of spring and summer, not permitted to take another hit until fall practices began.   
 Injured Armwood players Aaron Grier (left) and Dalton Katrein watch the action from the sideline as their teammates play Tampa Bay Tech in a spring football jamboree at Plant City High in Plant City, Fla., on Thursday, May 19, 2016.
 Tampa Bay Tech varsity football players wait to take the field in the visitor's locker room before facing off against Lennard at Lennard High in Ruskin, Fla., on Friday, Oct. 17, 2015. 
 Sunlake's Adam Jarvis gets his team pumped up before playing Lakewood in Land O' Lakes, Fla., on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017. 
 Lennard High senior cheerleader Kimiera Wesley, 17, is flipped into the air by teammates while practicing a routine before a game between the Lennard High Longhorns and Riverview Sharks at Lennard High in Ruskin, Fla., on Friday, Sept. 18, 2015. 
 Tampa Bay Tech cornerback and safety Tyrese Pearson watches his team's offense go to work late in a tight game against Lennard at Lennard High in Ruskin, Fla., on Friday, Oct. 16, 2015. 
 Sunlake quarterback Ryan Kasper dives at the end of a run during a preseason game against Lakewood in Land O' Lakes, Fla., on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017. 
 Jesuit players celebrate with classmates after beating Tampa Catholic 35-20 at Jesuit High in Tampa, Fla. on Friday, Nov. 6, 2015. The win gave Jesuit a 10-0 record for the season.
 Tampa Bay Tech head coach Jayson Roberts speaks to his team during a postgame huddle at Tampa Bay Tech High in Tampa, Fla., on Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. Despite blowing out Plant City to move to 5-0 for the season, the talk maintained a serious tone. Armwood, one of the best programs in the state, was up next on the schedule. 
 Lakeland running back Damarius Jones breaks into tears after losing to Plant in a Class 7A region semifinal game at Plant High in Tampa, Fla., on Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. The 25-21 loss ended Lakeland's season, and Jones' high school football career. 
 Durant running back Cameron Myers walks to the team bus after his season ended with a 14-7 loss to East Lake at East Lake High in Tarpon Springs, Fla., on Friday, Nov. 11, 2016.