Remember football fans, safety belts are required.

Football teams all around the Cross Timbers area are ready to take you for a wild ride.

Tarleton State University kicks off the 2007 season on the gridiron Saturday, when the Texans host East Central at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. (See page 5 for complete preview.)

Tarleton is gunning for its fifth Lone Star Conference division title in seven years, and first playoff trip since 2003.

High school teams in the area are holding their final dress rehearsals tonight. Stephenville hosts Weatherford, with the freshmen beginning the action at 5 p.m., and the JV and varsity to follow. Dublin has its JV and varsity on the field tonight against Ranger, with action slated to start at 5:30 p.m. in Dublin. Hico traveled to Clifton for a three team scrimmage Thursday, that also included Salado. Dublin and Hico will once again battle for playoff positioning in District 11-AA this fall.