The 2017 High School football season officially opens today. Practice can officially get underway this morning for teams throughout the state of Illinois. The Vandals opened their season bright and early this morning with their first official practice of the season. High School football season opens with their first game on August 25th. The Vandals, who are coming off winning 8 games a year ago and a share of the South Central Conference championship, will open the season at Gillespie.