Special Section: 'Goal Lines' previews upcoming area football season

Available inside Thursday's News Tribune

Pick up our newspaper or log onto our e-Edition for Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012, to read and save the following local football season preview stories and schedules in the Goal Lines section:

THE JEFFERSON CITY Jays have a bitter taste in their mouths after the way last season ended. They’ve used that as motivation in the offseason and are looking to get back into the Class 6 state playoffs. Page 2.

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THE HELIAS CRUSADERS start the season with one goal in mind — a trip to the Edward Jones Dome for the Class 4 state championship game. But they know there’s a lot of work to do between now and late November. Page 6.

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THE BLAIR OAKS Falcons won’t bring a team with a lot of size into the season. But they hope to more than make up for that with an excess of speed all over the field. Page 9.

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THE CALIFORNIA PINTOS finished .500 last season, an improvement of two wins over the 2010 season. They want to do even better this fall. Page 15.

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THE TIPTON CARDINALS bring an impressive 59-game winning streak in regular-season games into this campaign. That could be tested with a tougher slate in 2012. Page 16.

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TIME IS RUNNING down before the Missouri Tigers make their debut in the Southeastern Conference. The Tigers believe they’re ready for the challenge of playing in what is considered the best conference in college football. Page 17.

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THE LINCOLN BLUE Tigers have spent the preseason fighting for spots in the starting lineup. Head coach Mike Jones wouldn’t have it any other way. Page 19.

Read those football stories and more inside our newspaper and e-Edition for Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012.

Goal Lines, the News Tribune’s annual Mid-Missouri high school and college football preview section, is written and compiled by Brent Foster, Tony Hawley, Tom Rackers and Adam Stillman of the sports staff. Photos are by Stephen Brooks and Kris Wilson of the staff and the Associated Press.

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