48 hours of football:
Exploring Columbia's football culture

The Bruin high-fives a student

The Rock Bridge High School Bruin mascot high-fives a young fan attending the Homecoming football game Oct. 21. Photo by Stuart Palley.

In Columbia, weekends in the fall are about football.

With high school football on Friday night, Missouri football on Saturdays, youth football Sunday morning and NFL football later in the day, football consumes our time, our money and our attention. It's passion. It's work. And it's entertainment. It's Columbia.
More than 30 reporters and photographers went out on a football weekend to witness the spectacle.

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Friday

Announcer Glenn Pickett and scoreboard operators observe the unfolding football from their perch in the stadium box at Rock Bridge High School on Oct. 21.

Announcer Glenn Pickett and scoreboard operators observe the unfolding football from their perch in the stadium box at Rock Bridge High School on Oct. 21. Rock Bridge fell to Blue Springs, 35-20. Photo by Stuart Palley.

5 p.m.

Five high school referees prepare for Friday's game

7 p.m.

Hickman football parents become school kids again

7:15 p.m.

Strong smells raise
concession stand sales

8:05 p.m.

Life as the Rock Bridge Bruin

8:16 p.m.

Fliers, bases make up
Rock Bridge cheer squad

8:30 p.m.

Rock Bridge seniors
not-so-super fans

9:50 p.m.

Band Bunch pumps up Columbia for the game

Sunday

Deninis Rohr, assistant coach for the Columbia Chiefs, instructs Trevor Gleason in between plays during their game at Cosmo Park on Oct. 23.

Dennis Rohr, assistant coach for the Columbia Chiefs, instructs Trevor Gleason between plays during their game at Cosmo Park on Oct. 23. The Columbia Youth Football League includes kindergarten through eighth-grade teams. Photo by Ally Appelbaum.

10:30 a.m.

Youth football player plays a year up because of his size

11 a.m.

Youth football teaches more than the scoreboard reads

11:30 a.m.

Regulars flock to Stadium Grill on NFL Sundays

12:20 p.m.

Buffalo Wild Wings packed
for Sunday football