Season start dates for each state in 2022

The 2022 high school football season officially kicks off across the country in August and early September, with one status already underway.

Highlighted by a strong 2023 class, from top quarterbacks Arch Manning, Malachi Nelson, Dante Moore and Nico Iamaleava to defensive champions Cormani McClain and Keon Keeley, the season has already generated strong excitement.

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Before the coin tosses and the sights and sounds so perfectly associated with the high school grill action on Friday nights and Saturday afternoons, here’s a rundown of when each state’s season officially begins …

Alabama

Thompson quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa, the younger brother of Alabama freshman Tua Tagovailoa (Photo: @ ByCasagrande / Twitter)

(Photo: @ ByCasagrande / Twitter)

High school football start date: August 18th

Alaska

(File)

High school football start date: August 11th

Arizona

(Rob Schumacher / The Arizona Republic via USA TODAY NETWORK)

High school football start date: August 19th

Arkansas

Southside High School in Arkansas is phasing out rebel mascot in the aftermath of South Carolina church shooting - Southside Rebels football

(File)

High school football start date: August 26th

California

(Robert Hanashiro’s staff, USA TODAY)

High school football start date: August 12th

Colorado

(Photo: Daniel Brenner)

High school football start date: August 26th

Connecticut

(Photo: 247Sport)

High school football start date: September 8th

Delaware

(USA TODAY network)

High school football start date: September 1st

Florida

(USA TODAY network)

High school football start date: August 26th

Georgia

(USA TODAY network)

High school football start date: August 20th

Hawaii

(Photo: Bryon Ng)

High school football start date: August 4th

Idaho

(USA TODAY network)

High school football start date: August 26th

Illinois

(AP Photo / Bradley Leeb)

High school football start date: August 25th

Indiana

(Syndicate: Indianapolis)

High school football start date: August 19th

Iowa

(Photo: Joseph Cress / Iowa City Press-Citizen)

High school football start date: August 26th

Kansas

(Photo: Ryan Wallace / 247Sports)

High school football start date: September 2nd

Kentucky

(Photo: Bryan Woolston / Special for the Courier Journal)

High school football start date: August 19th

Louisiana

(USA TODAY network)

High school football start date: September 1st

Maine

(Getty Images / iStockphoto)

High school football start date: September 2nd

Maryland

(Photo: Taylor McLaughlin)

High school football start date: September 2nd

Massachusetts

(photo by Pexel)

High school football start date: September 9th

Michigan

(USA TODAY network)

High school football start date: August 25th

Minnesota

(USA TODAY network)

High school football start date: September 1st

Mississippi

(USA TODAY network)

High school football start date: August 26th

Missouri

(Photo: 247Sport)

High school football start date: August 26th

Montana

(File)

High school football start date: August 26th

Nebraska

(Photo: Brian Powers / The Register)

High school football start date: August 25th

Nevada

(Photo: Tom R. Smedes / Special for RGJ)

High school football start date: August 18th

New Hampshire

Soccer stock photo.

High school football start date: September 1st

New Jersey

(Photo: Sherry Saccoliti)

High school football start date: September 2nd

New Mexico

(USA TODAY network)

High school football start date: August 19th

New York

(USA TODAY network)

High school football start date: September 1st

North Carolina

(USA TODAY network)

High school football start date: August 19th

North Dakota

(FILE)

High school football start date: August 18th

Ohio

(USA TODAY network)

High school football start date: August 19th

Oklahoma

(Syndicate: Tulsa)

High school football start date: August 25th

Oregon

(USA TODAY network)

High school football start date: September 1st

Pennsylvania

(Photo: North Alleghany Athletics)

High school football start date: August 26th

Rhode Island

(USA TODAY network)

High school football start date: September 2nd

South Carolina

(USA TODAY network)

High school football start date: August 19th

South Dakota

(USA TODAY network)

High school football start date: August 18th

Tennessee

(Photo: Andrew Nelles / The Tennessean)

High school football start date: August 18th

Texas

(USA TODAY network)

High school football start date: August 25th

Utah

(AP Photo / Rick Bowmer)

High school football start date: August 12th

Vermont

(BRIAN JENKINS, for the free press)

High school football start date: September 2nd

Virginia

(Photo: Ricky DeBerry Sr.)

High school football start date: August 26th

Washington

(Matt Kartoziano-USA TODAY Sports)

High school football start date: August 17th

West Virginia

(USA TODAY network)

High school football start date: August 26th

Wisconsin

(Photo: Gary C. Klein / USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin)

High school football start date: August 18th

Wyoming

(Stephen Lew – USA TODAY Sport)

High school football start date: August 25th