I like wide-open passing offenses with four receivers and one fast running back, which is the preferred style of football in these parts. Lots of scoring, lots of big plays, lots of excitement. I don’t like the near-extinction of fullbacks. There’s nothing better than a dependable, hard-nosed runner who bulldozes tacklers. … I like Hart quarterback Tyler Lyon being such a high-profile recruit, with eight Division I scholarship offers. Trying to figure out where he’ll end up is always an interesting topic of conversation. I don’t like worrying about someone else getting the scoop on Lyon’s decision. I’m obsessed about remaining in the loop in what figures to be a national story. … No matter how tempting it is to watch games up top, I don’t like escaping from the sidelines. It’s a thrill to be so close to the action. … I like watching cheerleaders do cartwheels and other acrobatic maneuvers, giving them the opportunity to prove they’re athletic and not just pretty faces. I don’t like hearing cheerleaders scream into a microphone all night. By the third quarter, I’m usually willing to trade $20 or so for the microphone. … I like the new artificial turf. It looks great, the players like it – and my car remains mud-free on the drive home following games. !arrowI don’t like the soccer lines. … I like the pageantry of marching bands, dance teams, drill teams, etc. The more spirit – and the more opportunities for students to be directly involved with the football program – the better. I don’t like the absence of school mascots. Doesn’t anyone want to dress up in one of those oversized costumes anymore? … I like surfing the Internet to track the progress of former players through college or, in Kyle Boller’s case, the NFL. I don’t like devoting too much newspaper coverage to such players who have graduated and moved on. I’m a high school sports nut, and I always will be. I wish all of our former Foothill League standouts the best during their college careers, but when they go, they go. … I like covering homecoming games because there’s more energy and excitement in the air, plus a chance to make acquaintances with past graduates – and it’s nice to see the kids in the homecoming court all dressed up. I don’t like half-hour halftimes, no matter what the occasion. Homecoming games make for a long night. … I like PA announcers who have been around for a long time. Nobody loves his job more, and they provide an important service. I don’t like such announcers to give opinions or commentary of any kind. Although a lot of them are volunteers, it’s not professional. Just the facts, please. … I like kickers who reach the end zone, because it’s not easy for prep kickers to do so. I don’t like the high school rule disallowing kick returns from beyond the goal line. What could be more exciting than a 100-yard touchdown? And, finally, I like making a living by reporting on high school sports, particularly football. For me, there isn’t a better job on earth. I don’t like failing to find a clever way to end my columns. Gerry Gittelson’s column appears in the Daily News three times a week. He can be reached at (661) 257-5218 or firstname.lastname@example.orgWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week I like the feel-good stories surrounding Valencia’s program, particularly the arrival of Hurricane Katrina evacuees Brian and Stephen DeBose from St. Augustine High in New Orleans. I don’t like the silly whispers that the DeBose brothers were recruited. The poor kids escaped with only the clothes on their backs, and they happen to have an aunt who lives in Valencia. … I love hard contact, particularly the sound of helmets colliding. There’s nothing more thrilling than watching a blocker trample a defender or seeing a potential receiver get creamed while going over the middle. I don’t like all the injuries associated with football. Since I’ve become a father of two young daughters, I cringe when a youngster gets hurt. … I like the new press boxes at Valencia and Canyon. They’re roomy and state-of-the-art compared to most of the accommodations in the San Fernando Valley.