Welcome to another season of high school football. Will a local team make a deep run in the playoffs like Burke County did in 2010? Will there be a surprise this year like Butler was last year? This week is our first great chance in finding out.
Lakeside at Glenn Hills
Panthers QB Mark Weidenaar returns after missing all last year due to injury. Lakeside could surprise some folks this season. The home Spartans, 2-8 a year ago, have six home games this year. But they'll start 0-1 at home.
Josey at Cross Creek
The Eagles are hoping to get their first winning record since 1999, and they'll need a victory in this game to help get there. The Razorbacks went 1-9 in 2010 but won their last game, when they beat Westside. This one could be close, but the Eagles' lines could be the difference.
Thomson at Washington-Wilkes
The Bulldogs enter Year One without beloved coach Luther Welsh. However, Thomson should have no trouble continuing its winning tradition, starting with this contest.
Westside at Butler
Last year, Butler memorably ended its 41-game losing streak by beating the Patriots 42-0 in the opener. It won't be as easy this time, but the Bulldogs should still start 1-0 again.
Baldwin at Burke County
This is the third meeting since the beginning of last season, as Burke County lost in the 2010 season opener before defeating the Braves in the state playoffs. This will be a big test for the Bears, and I see this ending as a very close loss. But it could obviously go the other way. This could be the game of the week in the entire state.
Greene County at Hephzibah
The Rebels just missed making the state playoffs in 2010 and should be back challenging for a spot this year. They lost to Greene County to begin their previous campaign, but expect the result to be different Friday night.
Washington County at Jefferson County
This should be one of the better games this week. The two tied last year, 21-21, and are always factors in their regions and the state playoffs. With the Warriors at home, they have the slight edge.
Jefferson County, 24-21
Richmond Academy at Evans
The Musketeers have a lot of size on the lines but lost talented playmakers from 2010. Evans barely won 9-5 last season, but don't expect it to be just as close in this meeting.
Lincoln County at Abbeville
The Red Devils just put up 69 points against Harlem but will find life more difficult this Friday. Abbeville is the defending Class A state champion in South Carolina and won last year's meeting.