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High school football practice kicks off

The 2012 fall season has begun.

Today marks the first day of practice for many fall sports, including football, in New York State.

The first day for scrimmages is the traditional Scrimmage Saturday on Aug. 25 while the season kicks off on Friday, Aug. 31 (that's the start of Labor Day weekend and before school has started).

The 2012 campaign has a lot to live up to after a 2011 that saw Orchard Park win a state championship and which featured two major college players (Chad Kelly of St. Joe's and Akeel Lynch of St. Francis) leading their teams to memorable Monsignor Martin Association seasons.

We will have reports throughout the day from various sites. I'll be heading to some afternoon practices while we will have reporters and photographers making their own visits.

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

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Keith McShea

Keith McShea

Keith McShea has covered high school sports at The News since his hiring in 1999. The 1995 University at Buffalo graduate and Long Island native (North Babylon Bulldogs) covers — and live blogs — everything from scrimmages to state championships & helps head The News' All-Western New York selections.

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