Here are some of the storylines we’re looking at for Week One:
*District 24-4A teams went 6-1 on Zero Week, with Friendwood’s rout of state-ranked Angleton the spotlight win. Dawson was the only team to lose, but the Eagles -- who broke in a new quarterback and lead back from last season’s state semifinal squad -- probably won’t face a more loaded opponent than the Clear Springs team that defeated them 40-23.
*Perhaps no team is eager to return to action than North Shore, who seeks to erase the memory of their 44-6 loss to defending state champion Katy.
The Mustangs had just 186 yards of offense and will need better numbers from QB Keenon Gibson (2 of 10, 14 yards passing) when they take on an Eisenhower team that fell to Hightower in a 44-39 shootout despite 194 yards and five rushing touchdowns from QB James Jones.
*Klein Forest must begin life without QB Matt Davis, who suffered a season-ending torn ACL in Thursday’s 42-21 loss to Cinco Ranch. The Golden Eagles, who host Fort Bend Marshall, will place their hopes on senior Germaine Cornett, who will look to RB Ruben Arnsworth for support.
*Don’t look now, but Texas City coach Tim Finn may have another sleeper down in Galveston County. The Stings were picked near the bottom of 24-4A, but an opening 25-0 win over C.E. King is a sign they could be on the road back after missing the playoffs last year. A road trip to Dickinson on Friday will give everyone a better indication of where TC stands.
*Can Cy Fair go 2-0? They’ll get their chance after a 21-20 win over Katy Taylor gave the Bobcats their first win since 2008. Coach Ed Pustejovsky’s squad will visit Cy Lake.
Player to Watch: Hightower junior QB Bralon Addison’s debut under center resulted in 195 passing yards and three touchdowns to complement his 109 yards rushing in the Hurricanes’ win over Eisenhower. They’ll need a similar effort in Friday’s matchup against QB Joseph Schneider and The Woodlands.