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Gallery | Prep football blossoms in springtime

It's that time of year again. Baseball has settled in for summer play. The Tampa Bay Lightning are keeping hockey fans on the edge of their seats as they chase the Stanley Cup. And it's the end of another year of school. Plans are made for graduations, summer vacations or for some, summer jobs.

Then there is that spring tradition of high school football. Yes, before ink is dry on the end of-the-year report cards, students don shoulder pads and helmets and hit the field of play, as these players are doing at Out-of-Door Academy in Lakewood Ranch. And there's nothing like "spring football weather."

Temperatures in the upper 80s and 90s, a number only topped by the humidity -- of 100 percent and rain. It's a look into the future for coaches and a wake-up call for many players, for the start of school is just around the corner.

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