It's been a steady climb back to football prominence for Hawthorne ever since Cornelius Ingram returned home to become the head coach. As the state school faces a potential shutdown, the Hornets look to make their next jump to playoff contention.
The Saints start their new season ranked 16th nationally and 4th in the state. After dropping its season opener on the road, Santa Fe looked to even up Wednesday night at home.
Class 4A Keystone Heights is looking to earn its way back into playoff contention. The Indians have some talented pieces, but will need to stay healthy to compete.
1A state champs in 2012 and 2015, Trenton embarks on a new voyage in Class 4A in 2017. The Tigers still have plenty of talent on board, but face the uncertainty that comes with their new challenges.
The Saints and the Wolves, 2016's Class 2A and Class 3A state champions, begin new seasons this week.