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Matt Gade, Deseret News
Jordan Beetdiggers' Austin Kafentzis escapes an arm tackle during a playoff game at Jordan High School on Friday, November 8, 2013.

Football season is finally here.

The 122nd season of Utah high school football officially kicked off with a small-school clash at Layton Christian on Thursday, with 50 other endowment games scheduled on Friday.

Like the previous 121 seasons, there’s no shortage of optimism. An offseason of weightlifting and countless hours on the field this summer have every program believing this is their year.

For some, two or three wins would be considered a good season, while others will settle for nothing less than a state championship.

To get fans geared up for what should be another fantastic season, here are 10 notable stories worth paying attention to this season.

CONTRIBUTING: Sarah Thomas and Amy Donaldson

James Edward is the Deseret News prep editor and Real Salt Lake beat writer.