It’s Week 0 of the high school football season and Upstate teams are ready for action. Here are previews of tonight’s games. And check back to GreenvilleOnline.com tonight and tomorrow for in-depth coverage as well as exclusive photo galleries.
Abbeville at Greenville, 7:30 p.m.: Nonregion game between Class AA Abbeville and AAA Greenville. … Abbeville rallied from a 24-7 halftime deficit to beat Greenville 28-24 last year. … Abbeville is No. 8 in Class AA.
Crescent at Southside Christian, 7:30: Nonregion game between Class A Southside Christian and AA Crescent. … Crescent recorded a 50-28 victory last year. … Crescent won eight games last year after winning six the previous four years combined.
Travelers Rest at West-Oak, 7:30 p.m.: Nonregion Class AAA game. … Travelers Rest defeated West-Oak 35-7 last year, one of the Devildogs’ two victories in 2012. … West-Oak, 0-10 last season, has lost 12 games in a row overall.
St. Joseph’s at Barnwell, 7:30 p.m.: Nonregion game between Class A St. Joseph’s and AA Barnwell. … Andre Stoddard rushed for 152 yards and three TDs to lead St. Joseph’s to a 27-26 win last year. … St. Joseph’s is No. 10 in Class A.
Palmetto at Dixie, 7:30 p.m.: Nonregion game between Class A Dixie and AAA Palmetto. … Palmetto won 48-7 last year. … Doug Shaw Jr. will make his debut as Palmetto’s coach. … Dixie averaged 6.4 points per game last year.
Broome at Chesnee, 7:30 p.m.: Nonregion game between Class AAA Broome and AA Chesnee. … Broome won 22-7 last year. … Chesnee is No. 5 in Class AA.
Gaffney at Northwestern, 7:30: Nonregion Class AAAA game. … Northwestern won 49-19 last year. … Northwestern is No. 2 in Class AAAA. Gaffney, the defending Class AAAA Division I state champion, is No. 3.
T.L. Hanna at North Augusta, 7:30 p.m.: Nonregion Class AAAA game. … North Augusta won 19-14 last year. … Hanna is coming off a 5-6 season. … North Augusta is No. 8 in Class AAAA.
McCormick at Lincoln County, Ga., 7:30 p.m.: Lincoln County won 24-0 last year. … McCormick was Class A Division II state runner-up last year. … Larry Campbell, Lincoln County’s coach for the past 41 seasons, has a career record of 470-81-3.
Pickens at Easley, 8 p.m.: Nonregion game between Class AAA Pickens and AAAA Easley. … Easley won 40-7 last year, the Green Wave’s second straight win over the Blue Flame. … Game marks the debut of Grayson Howell as Easley’s coach. …
Wade Hampton at Dorman, 8 p.m.: Region 2-AAAA game. … Dorman won 45-0 last season in the first meeting between the teams in 21 years. … It marked the first time Wade Hampton had been shut out since Week 1 of 2008, a 14-0 loss to Blue Ridge.
Apopka, Fla., at Byrnes, noon: Apopka, 13-2 a year ago, is the defending Class 8A champion in Florida. The Blue Darters are No. 22 in USA Today’s Super 25. … Byrnes, 12-2 a year ago, is No. 1 in Class AAAA in the preseason. … Since 2002, Byrnes is 13-3 against out-of-state opponents.