Eric Lo said it's time to go.
That's the mindset of several other prep football teams, too.
Lo's Huntington Beach High football team is one of five local teams that are excited, anxious — you name it, to launch the 2013 season. The five squads will do so Friday in the opening week of a season that will extend into December.
"We're ready," Lo said. "The kids have worked hard all spring and summer, and now it's time to put that hard work to the test."
Huntington, Edison, Fountain Valley, Marina and Brethren Christian each start season Friday, with the Oilers and Warriors opening with home games.
Huntington's first opponent is Bakersfield Christian. The team's are playing only this fall, and it should be a sturdy test for the Oilers. Kickoff is 7 p.m.
Bakersfield Christian turned in a 10-3 season last year with two of those losses coming to South Sequoia League rival Wasco. The Eagles lost to Wasco in league play last October, won their next five games, but ended the season with a 29-22 loss to Wasco in the CIF Central Section Division 4 championship game.
The Eagles lost quarterback Jake Thompson (1,848 yards, 22 touchdowns) to graduation, but return junior running back Matt Smith (1,828 yards, 14 TDs) plus three of their starting receivers and their starting defensive backs.
"They're good," Lo said. "They were a CIF finalist last year, have a lot of speed and skill guys returning. It should be a good test for us right off the bat."
Huntington prepped for its season opener by scrimmaging Aug. 22 against a Bellflower St. John Bosco squad that is ranked No. 2 in the CIF Southern Section preseason Pac-5 Division poll.
The Oilers enter the season tied with Placentia Valencia for the No. 6 preseason ranking in the Southwest Division.
"Scrimmaging Bosco was a good way for us to start the season," Lo said. "They are a nationally-ranked team and a great challenge for us. Our guys learned a lot from that scrimmage and the good thing is, we are healthy going into our opener."
In other season opening games Friday:
Edison vs. Compton Centennial
(Centennial High, 7 p.m.)
Defending CIF Southern Section Southwest Division champion Edison starts out the season with a preseason ranking of No. 1, and the Chargers begin a new campaign against a Compton Centennial team that closed strong in 2012.
Last year as an at-large entry from the Pioneer League to the CIF Southern Section playoffs, Centennial marched all the way to the Northwest Division semifinals, where the Apaches were edged, 13-8, by eventual division champion Nordhoff.
Centennial, which stunned No. 3-seed Pasadena La Salle in a first-round playoff game en route to its semifinal game appearance, finished the 2012 season with a 5-8 overall record. The Apaches averaged 20 points on offense last year. Their defense gave up an average of 17 points per game.
Centennial comes into the season with a preseason ranking of No. 4 in the Northwest Division.
"We don't know much about them, but I do know they had a pretty good end to their season last year," Edison Coach Dave White said of the Apaches. "They are fast and athletic and we have to be physical with them. For an opener, it's a tough one."