The countdown to the start of the high school football season is on and as the number of days approaches single digits, that can only mean one thing — the arrival of the Herald Democrat Football Preview issue.

There will be a slight change to the 2017 version. Instead of coming out on the day before the season starts, which is a Thursday, this year it will be in the Sunday, August 27th, edition of the paper.

There will be a big change to the 2017 version. After going from the traditional tab to a broadsheet format with more pages for last season, this will be an even bigger preview over 2016.

And inside you will find the genesis for what will almost certainly be another strong season for the Texoma area.

Sherman and Denison both have eyes on a playoff spot in District 5-5A and the Yellow Jackets look to maintain their hold on the Ax before realignment sends them to different districts for the first time since the early ’90s.

Gunter carries its 16-game winning streak into the opener as it looks to defend its Class 3A Division II state championship.

Pottsboro is coming off another deep postseason run and has a chance to win a seventh straight district title against a loaded District 6-3A (I).

Bells has key pieces back on one of the top offenses in the area and produced the wildest game of last season — a 94-74 victory over Celeste.

Who knows what we will find when the calendar hits the middle of November? Find out where it will start one week from today with the Football Preview issue.

Happy birthday Sunday to Beverly Raley Fleming of Pottsboro; Fallon Baker and Robert Bernard, both of Bells; Norman Travis, Helen Williams, Darrel Chamberlain, Marvin Brown, and Sareaza Wilson, all of Sherman; Torie Arrington of Gunter; Debbie Morrison of Randolph; and Abby Walters of Allen.

Happy birthday Monday to Margaret Madden Alverson of Denison; Virginia Howard Womack of Avinger; and B.F. Wade of Sherman.

Happy anniversary Monday to Jim and Nancy Russell of Sherman, 46 years.