Having gone through two-a-days and preseason camp over the past two weeks, it's now time for four local prep football teams to make their debut this week when the 2014 high school season goes into high gear.
Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Marina and Brethren Christian each play opening games, with Huntington and Fountain Valley going up against out-of-state opponents.
A fifth local team, Edison, which started its season last week in Hawaii, plays its second game and home opener Friday.
Coronado (Nev.) vs. Huntington Beach
(at Huntington Beach High, 7 p.m.)
Nearly 10 months after winning the CIF Southern Section Southwest Division championship, Huntington Beach breaks in a new season by hosting Coronado of Henderson, Nev.
The Oilers return eight starters from that title-winning team, four on each side of the ball. They will be led on offense by senior quarterback Chad James who assumes the starting role in 2014.
Returning with honors are running backs Travis Heer and Hunter Simmons, defensive ends Hojun Lee and Liam Jimmons, and strong safety Brayden McRae.
"I think we are as prepared as we can be for such an early game, and for not knowing a lot about our opponent," Huntington Coach Eric Lo said. "We've seen film on them, and from what I've seen, they have a really good quarterback who can run the ball really well and he has some good receivers to throw to."
Coronado is coming off a 4-6 season, three of its losses coming by a touchdown or less, including a five-point loss in a first-round playoff game. The Cougars fielded a young team in 2013 and virtually return their entire lineup. They run a fast-paced spread offense and use a 3-4 scheme defensively.
Heading the offense is last year's starter at quarterback, senior John Farella. His key receiver from a year ago, senior Tanner Gorski, also is back.
Gorski was the Cougars' leading receiver as a junior and was named first-team All-Sunrise Division. Senior offensive tackle Josh Jurgensen also was a first-team all-division pick last year.
Senior end Justin Belknap, a first-team all-division pick last year, and senior end/outside linebacker Myles Holland were two of the Cougars' leading tacklers last year and, along with first-team all-division members in senior lineman Jackson Taylor, junior inside linebacker Aaron Cotton and senior cornerback Caleb Evans, return to anchor the defense.
The Cougars won two passing tournaments during the summer including the UNLV 7 on 7 passing tournament in June.
Compton Centennial vs. Edison (1-0)
(7 p.m., Huntington Beach High)
Having opened its season in Hawaii Saturday, Edison has a short week to prepare for its home opener against Centennial. It is the season opener for the visiting Apaches.
The Chargers returned home Monday from the island of Maui and had only three days to prepare for game No. 2.