HS Football: 2018 Season Openers Tonight for Several Local Teams

Big Changes in the Sunbelt & Southe Valley Leagues this Season

It’s opening night for the 2018 football season for many High School Teams today. Several local schools will get the new season underway this evening.

In the Sunbelt league, three teams will be under the lights. Murrieta Valley starts the season in Santiago. The Nighthawks were 9-3 last year and lost to Centennial 77-34 in the Division 1 playoffs. They lost to Santiago, a Division 3 team, 30-28 last year.

Great Oak will be at San Jacinto tonight. The Wolfpack placed second in the Southwestern league last year and ended with a 5-6 record. San Jacinto is a Division 7 team that finished second in the Mountain Pass league. They were 7-4.

Chaparral has a new head coach this season and will be home against Hemet today. Coach Andrew Ramer looks to bring back Puma Pride this year. The Division 4 Pumas were 7-4 last season. Hemet was 4-6 and fourth in the Mountain Pass league.

The Sunbelt League lost 2 of it’s most powerful teams this year. Heritage and Paloma Valley are now part of the Ivy league. Both teams are idle tonight. They also lost Perris and Lakeside.

The new Sunbelt consists of Elsinore, Arlington, Notre Dame and Temescal Canyon. Elsinore will be at home against Lakeside. The Tigers were 6-5 and were placed third in league last season. They will face a much improves Lancer team that finished 7-4 last year.

Temescal Canyon will travel to Riverside to play King tonight. The Titans were 4-6 and 2-3 in league last year. King finished in last place in the tough Big Eight league and were 2-8 last season.

In the new Southeastern league, Rancho Christian will be home to take on Valley Christian from Cerritos tonight. The Eagles are looking to improve on last year’s 8-4 record this year when they were the undefeated Sout Valley league Champions.

Santa Rosa Academy and Temecula Prep will be joined Carnegie Schools-Riverside in the Southeastern league. Santa Rosa will travel to Hamilton in Anza tonight. Santa Rosa was 5-4-1 and Hamilton 5-6 last season.

Temecula Prep will be home to tackle Crean Lutheran from Irvine. The Patriots were 1-9 last season while the Saints were 6-5 and second in the Academy league.

The new and improved South Valley league consists of California Military Institute, Calvary Murrieta, Hamilton,Nuview Bridge and Sherman Indian. Nuview Bridge is away at Western Christian tonight.

In the Ambassador league Linfield Christian will be home to play Saddleback of Santa Ana. The Lions are preseason favorites and are ranked first in the Division 12 CIF Southern Section Polls. Linfield was 5-5 last season in Division 7.

Photos by Mike Clary, John Carpenter, Erin Baker & Stephanie LaFleur