Football season is here…

Looks like it’s that time of the year again: high school football practice is officially underway.

No disrespect to summer sports, but this is something I’ve been waiting on for awhile. Football is the greatest sport in the world. Period. No discussion. There’s something about the whole atmosphere — the chilly weather, the build-up to each Friday night game, the sheer intensity — that separates it from the pack.

This fall, The Duffle Bag will be the home to everything SWC football. Like last season, I’ll be doing a weekly “Around the SWC” recap, which highlights the top individual performances and provides updated weekly rankings (well, my rankings). Instead of choosing an SWC Player of the Week, I’ll hold voting for a few days and announce the POY mid-week. That’s how real awards are given out.

I’ll also be keeping tabs on SWC Fantasy Football…and that’s always fun.

Everything starts tomorrow when I visit Masuk to talk with the defending Class L champs and recent UConn signee Casey Cochran. We’ll hit as many teams as possible after the Panthers.

And quickly, some SWC news tonight:

Brookfield's Brian Kelly

Brookfield’s Brian Kelly, perhaps the most versatile player in the state last season, will play at Western Connecticut State in the upcoming season.

Scott Lutrus, another Brookfield alum, is reportedly doing well at Jacksonville camp thus far. Lutrus recorded five tackles in his season debut and was tied for the team lead with three in last week’s win over Atlanta. Lutrus’ former SWC foe, Paul Fenaroli of Masuk, is in Falcons camp as an undrafted free agent offensive lineman. A third SWC grad, Shane Bannon of Pomperaug, is fighting to make the Kansas City Chiefs roster. The former Yale fullback was a seventh round selection in April’s NFL Draft. On Aug. 30, teams must cut their rosters to 80 players. On Sept. 3, the final cuts will bring the rosters down to 53.