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Images: #TBT looks back at 1976, 1977 high school football

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In this week's #TBT Gallery, we take a look back at high school football in 1976 and 1977.

As we enter the fall season, football is on everyone's minds. The game sweeps down on us in the autumn as frost permeates the air. The sport provides a common ground, a place for fans of all ages to meet once a week and cheer on their team.

As the players emerge from their locker rooms, they are greeted by the fans. The sound of the faceless mass fills the air like thunder. It's game time.

This gallery looks at game action, coaches, cheerleaders, fans and the band. All aspects of the game we love so much.

At first glance, the pictures may look like they could have been taken at any time. Two differences you might notice -- Saturday day games are almost nonexistent now, and games were played on grass, not on the synthetic turf that most high schools have today.

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A Barrington running back drags and Elk Grove defender during their game in 1977.
A Barrington running back drags and Elk Grove defender during their game in 1977.
Daily Herald file photo, 1977
Cheerleaders carry balloons during the Wheeling vs. Buffalo Grove game in 1977.
Cheerleaders carry balloons during the Wheeling vs. Buffalo Grove game in 1977.
Daily Herald file photo, 1977
A Fremd running back runs hard during their game against Buffalo Grove in 1977.
A Fremd running back runs hard during their game against Buffalo Grove in 1977.
Daily Herald file photo, 1977
An Elk Grove running back breaks through the line during their game against Barrington in 1977.
An Elk Grove running back breaks through the line during their game against Barrington in 1977.
Daily Herald file photo, 1977
Fremd and Buffalo Grove slop it up in the mud during their game in 1977.
Fremd and Buffalo Grove slop it up in the mud during their game in 1977.
Daily Herald file photo, 1977
Schaumburg fans throw confetti during their game against Elk Grove in 1976.
Schaumburg fans throw confetti during their game against Elk Grove in 1976.
Daily Herald file photo, 1976
A Buffalo Grove running back fights for yardage in the mud during their game against Fremd in 1977.
A Buffalo Grove running back fights for yardage in the mud during their game against Fremd in 1977.
Daily Herald file photo, 1977
A Wheeling running back breaks away from Fremd defenders during their game in 1977.
A Wheeling running back breaks away from Fremd defenders during their game in 1977.
Daily Herald file photo, 1977
A Wheeling player cheers during their game against Buffalo Grove in 1977.
A Wheeling player cheers during their game against Buffalo Grove in 1977.
Daily Herald file photo, 1977
A Hersey quarterback drops back to pass during their game against Arlington in 1977.
A Hersey quarterback drops back to pass during their game against Arlington in 1977.
Daily Herald file photo, 1977
Schaumburg Cheerleaders celebrate during their game against Elk Grove in 1976.
Schaumburg Cheerleaders celebrate during their game against Elk Grove in 1976.
Daily Herald file photo, 1976
Hersey's quarterback passes during their game against Arlington in 1977.
Hersey's quarterback passes during their game against Arlington in 1977.
Daily Herald file photo, 1977
A Hersey running back runs with the ball during their game against Arlington in 1977.
A Hersey running back runs with the ball during their game against Arlington in 1977.
Daily Herald file photo, 1977
A Hersey wide receiver makes a fingertip catch during their game against St. Viator in 1976.
A Hersey wide receiver makes a fingertip catch during their game against St. Viator in 1976.
Daily Herald file photo, 1976
A Hersey coach talks to his player during their game against St. Viator in 1976.
A Hersey coach talks to his player during their game against St. Viator in 1976.
Daily Herald file photo, 1976
A Hoffman Estates defender tackles a Palatine runner during their game in 1976.
A Hoffman Estates defender tackles a Palatine runner during their game in 1976.
Daily Herald file photo, 1976
Conant's quarterback passes during their game against Schaumburg in 1976.
Conant's quarterback passes during their game against Schaumburg in 1976.
Daily Herald file photo, 1976
Schaumburg Cheerleaders rejoice during their game against Elk Grove in 1976.
Schaumburg Cheerleaders rejoice during their game against Elk Grove in 1976.
Daily Herald file photo, 1976
Schaumburg quarter back hands off during their game against Elk Grove in 1976.
Schaumburg quarter back hands off during their game against Elk Grove in 1976.
Daily Herald file photo, 1976
Elk Grove's quarterback throws over a Schaumburg defender during their game in 1976.
Elk Grove's quarterback throws over a Schaumburg defender during their game in 1976.
Daily Herald file photo, 1976
The band marches during the Wheeling vs. Rolling Meadows football game in 1976.
The band marches during the Wheeling vs. Rolling Meadows football game in 1976.
Daily Herald file photo, 1976
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