Finding a high school football team to root for?

Friday Night Lights Coach TaylorWith football season coming up, @ajw93 asks:

I need to find HS football (alma mater sorta far in Dutchess) good, supportive crowd that's NOT all unruly teens?
No srsly, the Titans of Remember The [Titans] fame were previous n'hood team. Also my baby sisters'school. Now I got nothin'! Help!
Yes, i know it's not the local religion, but I do so enjoy HS games esp. I'd love a poll to see if I'm alone there.

Hmm... it might be hard to find exactly what ajw93 is looking for -- the Capital Region isn't Dillon, Texas. But maybe you can recommend a spot in the bleachers.

Got a suggestion? Please share!

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Wow, that really is barely English. I hope my twitter-speak makes sense. Really miss going to games with my baby sisters and to the neighborhood school in VA and would love to support a local school now that I'm here (kid-less).

And of course, if AOA is right (as they probably are!) and no one else cares, I'll just be sad, alone, in the dark, quietly. Happy Monday!

I don't know. I would suggest finding SOME's easier to root for a team when you feel like you have some sort of kinship with them. Have you checked out the teams in the town/city in which you live?

If you want to root for a winner, I suggest Troy. Amongst the big schools in the area its been the most consistently successful program around.

Shaker's coach is just starting his second year at the helm, and had a pretty successful first season after a decade of futility.

I don't really know much about the smaller schools.

Try the Cohoes Tigers...small city school district with strong alumni, community support!

Cohoes, I'm going to keep an eye out for the sched!

It's not about a big program, or backing a winner, but rather going to a place that supports the kids and enjoys the game. My earliest memories are of going to football games, so it's sort of ingrained.

I will, however, travel to any game between the two high schools I attended, because they had the same mascot name. No one can get offended when I shout out, "Go Raiders!"

Thanks folks! AOA really is the best.

Who wouldn't wanna root for the Ichabod Crane Riders?

How about South Colonie? Their colors are the same as Gryffindor.

LaSalle since Al Rapp arrived has been a Capital Area powerhouse. They graduate 70 kids and are Class AA. BTW, after graduating their stars, Troy High dropped out of Class AA.

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