The prep football season officially gets started with a full slate of games tonight, and with Oregon's ranking system for the playoffs there are no tune ups — every game matters.
Centennial opens the season with a home game against Southwest Conference power South Medford, which handed the Eagles a 28-7 setback in last year's opener.
"This will be a really great test for us against a South Medford program that never really seems to have a down year."
In other action around East County, Barlow opens its new campus stadium with a 7 p.m. kickoff against Bend. Fans should arrive early to find parking. Five portable classrooms remain in the school's main parking lot, while construction equipment is covering up large sections of the lot.
Parking lots around the baseball field will also be open, and the school is running a free shuttle from East Orient Elementary School beginning at 6 p.m.
The Lava Bears won last year's matchup 55-21 in Central Oregon.
Sandy is hosting Sherwood, marking the third time the teams are meeting in the last calendar year. Sandy won last year's opener 24-7 only to see the Bowmen gain revenge with a 42-14 playoff win at the end of the year.
"They thumped us in the playoffs, and the kids are excited to have another opportunity against them," first-year Pioneers' coach Josh Dill said.
In other action, Gresham takes on Grant at the Marshall High athletic field, Reynolds travels to Roosevelt and new David Douglas coach Cal Szueber takes the Scots to Westview.
In small school action, Corbett hosts 2A Jefferson out of the Central Valley Conference.
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