Friday Night Lives In big cities and small towns, high school football is the ritual that defines the fall. And for many young men, it defines who they are. All season long, NPR brings you the stories, struggles and victories of the sport, while exploring the costs and issues it raises.
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The 2009 Abilene High School Eagles hold their championship trophy and celebrate in the aftermath of their 28-17 victory over the Katy High School Tigers. Tom Goldman/NPR hide caption

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Football Recruits, Families Face Fierce Rush

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The Massillon marching band goes wild during the big game. David Deal for NPR hide caption

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In Massillon, High School Football Is 'Who We Are'

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Halftime Is A Warm-Up Act For Marching Bands

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George Visger, 51, has severe short-term-memory loss due to multiple head injuries experienced while playing football. Lianne Milton for NPR hide caption

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Football Blowouts: The Art To Winning Big

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Umpire Gilbert signals a score. He has been a high school football official for the past 20 years. Tom Goldman/NPR hide caption

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Head Coach Sean Berner gives a pep talk to members of the Falcons football team of Fort Campbell High School in Kentucky. Courtesy of Kim Williams hide caption

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Touchdowns And Triumphs For Military Students

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Emotional Game Honors Slain Coach In Iowa

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At Rye High School in New York, the end-of-game ritual is to jump into a brook. NPR wants to see photos and videos of high school football rituals where you live. clyatt.jasper via Flickr hide caption

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