Here are some of the most interesting games and storylines for the first full week of the high school football season.
Boulder City at Mojave — Mojave’s never won a league title and has only made it to the playoff twice in the school’s history. Still, the Rattlers look like a real contender in the Sunset League, and could prove it with a strong non-league showing against Boulder City. The Eagles topped Mojave 16-13 in last year’s meeting.
Servite (Calif.) at Bishop Gorman — Gorman coach Tony Sanchez lost just four games (one later became a victory by forfeit) in his first of four seasons, so an 0-2 start would be almost unthinkable for the juggernaut program. The Gaels have beaten Servite in each of the last two seasons, but the 2011 victory was by just three points, so the unthinkable could become reality.
Foothill at Desert Hills (Utah) — The Falcons began last season with high hopes before finishing 3-7. Quarterback Drew Doxtator may be the area’s top passer, and looks show he’s healthy after missing the final four games last season because of injury.
Sunrise Mountain at Bonanza — The teams combined for just three wins on the field last season (Sunrise Mountain also won a game by forfeit), so both would love to get off to a strong start. Are the Miners finally ready to contend for a playoff spot, or will first-year Bonanza coach Kevin Volcic get the Bengals back on track?
Liberty at Centennial (Calif.) — Liberty’s secondary was tested early and often against Salpointe Catholic in the Sollenberger Classic. The Patriots failed, allowing five first-half TD passes in a 48-7 loss. A week of work in practice may not be enough for Liberty to get ready for the Huskies from Corona, Calif., who averaged 278 passing yards while posting a 14-2 record last year.