Just like the NFL, Nassau County high school teams will be kicking off the 2013 season on a Thursday. Every team will be in action this Thursday afternoon or evening, Sept. 12, beginning at 4:30 p.m. with 16 games including four-time defending Conference II champion Garden City traveling to Calhoun.
Roosevelt is the lone defending conference champion to open the season at home. The Rough Riders, who seek a third straight crown, host Valley Stream North in a rematch of last year's Conference IV title game at 5:30 p.m.
Also seeking a three-peat is Lawrence in Conference III. The Golden Tornadoes and record-setting quarterback Joe Capobianco travel to Manhasset for a 5:30 p.m. start.
Defending Conference I champ Farmingdale goes to Plainview for a 5 p.m. kickoff.
Other key Week 1 matchups:
Clarke at West Hempstead, 4:30 p.m.
Carey at South Side, 4:30 p.m.
Mepham at Wantagh, 4:30 p.m.
Long Beach at MacArthur, 7 p.m.
Hewlett at Glen Cove, 7 p.m.
*Note: the season will begin Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m. with a Conference III game between Sewanhaka and Lynbrook. It will be played at Long Beach Middle School since the new turf field at Marion Street School won't be ready.
Be sure to check out the Herald's 2013 High School Football Preview magazine in this week's editions. Also look for rules to enter the Herald's weekly Pick'Em Contest to win a gift certificate to a local restaurant or vendor. Click on the "Contests" link to enter.