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The Messenger unveils 63rd football publication

It includes facts, figures needed to enjoy area season

Fall in Iowa is the season of harvest, pumpkins, orange-colored leaves and , of course, football.

On cool Friday evenings and on Saturday afternoons, people from all across the Fort Dodge area gather every fall to watch their local heroes of the gridiron compete. They’ll scream and cheer for their favorite team, occasionally grumble about the referees and even embody the Iowa nice tradition by applauding fine play by the opponents.

We will have to wait a bit longer for the cool Friday evenings. We will not have to wait for football action, which begins tonight.

To get the inside scoop on the local football teams, please see the The Messenger’s annual football publication included with today’s edition of the newspaper. Inside it are stories and photos featuring the teams from Fort Dodge Senior High School, St. Edmond High School, Iowa Central Community College and 16 other schools from throughout the area. It includes rosters, records, schedules and all of the other information area football fans will need to enjoy this year’s season.

This is the 63rd year the football preview has been published.

During those 63 years, some 1,400 teams and about 40,000 athletes have been featured.

The publication is the second oldest of its kind in Iowa. In fact, it is one of only two football tabs still published in the state.

The return of football is a welcome sign that the area is inching back to normalcy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Messenger’s football publication is the perfect guidebook for fans as the new season unfolds.

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