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As August rolls into September, a sense of anticipation comes to me as another Concord football season comes about.

The best thing to me about Concord football is the press box at Callaghan Stadium and the atmosphere of it. By “atmosphere”, I mean the people in it,

Tom Bone, the public address announcer/”Bluefield Daily Telegraph” sports writer, has been around the longest. Tom is retired from both Concord and the BDT, but he stays busy on both ends.

Wes McKinney, Concord’s Sports Information Director, does a very good job for all the media members who cover Concord sports. The information he provides is invaluable, both for in-game and feature coverage,

I’ve covered Concord football for most of my nearly 33 years at the Princeton Times. My first story was a tie-in with the 1989 Homecoming Game.

I’ll be writing more about Concord as the season progresses. I will say that, if Concord wins solidly in their early games, they will do well this season.

As for the AFC West, this is the division that many pundits are calling the best in football. I really can’t argue with that sentiment.

I’m going with the Los Angeles Chargers as the projected division winner. They added contributors to both the defense and the offensive line to go with a good skill position core. Justin Herbert could be the second consecutive quarterback from his draft class to lead his team to a Super Bowl.

The Kansas City Chiefs have dominated this division for the past six years . Patrick Mahomes II is the best under-30 quarterback in the game. The difference between them and the Chargers is that the former lost their second-best offensive player, enough to make a difference in this tight of a division.

The Las Vegas Raiders can play offense with the first two teams, especially with the addition of Devontae Adams. The key questions are the back of the defense and whether Josh McDaniels has learned his lessons from his first head coach stint.

The Denver Broncos have improved at quarterback with Russell Wilson, a player who took his team to consecutive Super Bowls, winning one and narrowly missing the second, but doesn’t have the glamour or respect that Mahomes has for the same feat. In fact, Wilson has had potshots taken at him by ex-teammates despite Seattle performing better in their consecutive Super Bowls than Kansas City. Having said that, this team lacks the big stars on defense and has an inexperienced head coach in Nathan Hackett.

Jeff Harvey is a freelance reporter and columnist for the Princeton Times. Contact him at

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