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Football: The season opener is here ... in Hawaii

August 11, 2011 | 10:38 pm

We keep hearing about the football season opener moving earlier in the year, but this is ridiculous.

Alaskan teams are typically the first to open the high school season because of the fact that conditions there are downright inhospitable by Halloween. Yet, this is an opener with a twist.

Attending this game as a Southern Californian would require a plane ticket and (preferably) some tropical attire. Anchorage Service played at Wahiawa, Hawaii, on Thursday evening in the first game of the season, in a matchup dubbed the "Fire and Ice Bowl."

When Service left campus Monday, it was 53 degrees and overcast in Anchorage, according to Mitch Stephens of Maxpreps.com. By the time it arrived in Hawaii, it was 85 and sunny.

Sounds like Pro Bowl weather.

The openers for Southern California teams aren't for more than two weeks--and one will be in Hawaii. Edison plays Wailuku Baldwin at War Memorial Stadium in Wailuku, Hawaii, on Aug. 26. That same day, Fountain Valley will play at Henderson (Nev.) Green Valley.

--Ben Bolch

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