By Ray Hamill — There are exactly nine weeks to go until the scheduled season opening weekend for high school football.
Of course, it remains to be seen if the season will kick off on time, or if there will even be a season, with a big decision from the CIF looming on July 20.
For now, however, there’s every reason to feel optimistic we will have fall sports, and more reason than ever to look forward to it all.
As of right now, six of the nine H-DNL schools are scheduled to open the football season on the weekend of August 28/29, with four of them kicking off against programs that made the playoffs a year ago.
The highlight game locally on opening weekend is Eureka at Arcata, as the two schools get set to renew an old rivalry.
The game is scheduled to be played under the Friday night lights at the Redwood Bowl, and what better setting is there to welcome back prep sports.
Defending Big 4 champions Del Norte, meanwhile, also will open against a 2019 playoff team, with the Warriors traveling to play Enterprise, also on that Friday night.
The Warriors’ first home game will be a week later when they host North Medford.
Fortuna could be the team to beat in the Big 4 this year, and will open the season at home to Truckee on Friday August 28, while on the same night McKinleyville travels to Yreka.
Rounding out the opening weekend of games, defending 6-AA state champion St. Bernard’s travels to play at St. Vincent-St. Paul, another playoff team from 2019.
Ferndale is not scheduled to open the season until the following weekend, when the Cats host Monroe High out of Washington.
Hoopa is scheduled to open the season on September 11 at Fort Bragg.