McNary at North Salem, 7 p.m.
On the air: Radio on KYKN 1430 AM; television on CCTV2 at 7 p.m. Saturday.
This is a battle of playoff teams from a year ago. McNary’s defense will get a test in this game, but its strength should be in its defense, especially in the secondary. North Salem has some proven skill players such as quarterback Hunter Sullivan and running backs Junior Sandoval and Giovanni Gonzales, the latter who missed most of last season due to injury.
McKay at West Salem, 7 p.m.
In Josh Riddell’s first game as coach for McKay, he’s going back to the place where he served as an assistant coach the past four seasons. Riddell was West Salem’s quarterbacks coach last season. The Royal Scots are installing a spread offense, similar to the one West Salem uses.
Bend at No. 3 Central, 7 p.m.
On the air: Radio on KAJC 90.1 FM.
The highly touted Panthers will look to start stronger this season than they did last year in a 10-0 loss in the opener on the road to the Lava Bears.
Parkrose at Dallas, 7 p.m.
The Dragons are starting the season banged up at key spots. Junior running back Treve Earhart, tight end Zach Wallace and lineman Justin Ingram are not expected back before the third week.
No. 8 Silverton at Sandy, 7 p.m.
The Foxes will try to make their debut on their new home turf field 1-0 with a win on the road against Sandy. Silverton has some proven players who will bring the team excitement, but the schedule gets tougher from here.
Cleveland at Woodburn, 7 p.m.
This is the first game that Woodburn is playing a nonleague schedule. These teams last played in 2012 with Woodburn winning 14-12.
No. 9 Marshfield at No. 1 Cascade, 7 p.m.
Cascade was a surprise pick by poll voters as the No. 1 team in the preseason poll, but this is where they get to start proving themselves.
Stayton at Estacada, 7 p.m.
Stayton has a team with almost a completely new crew of skill position players, and this will be a good test of how the Eagles have retooled.
North Marion at Seaside, 7 p.m.
The Huskies have the talent to be much improved from last year’s state playoff run, but proving themselves against an improved Seaside team will be an early-season test.
Illinois Valley at Scio, 7 p.m.
A Scio team that ran away too the state semifinals has a largely unproven team, but that has never slowed the Loggers before.
Gervais at Sheridan, 7 p.m.
The game between these teams last season – which Sheridan won 34-0 in the first week – was the only win by either team throughout the season, and the teams placed last in the West Valley (Sheridan) and PacWest (Gervais) respectively.
Salem Academy at Taft, 7 p.m.
This will be one of the best aerial battles between small schools in the state this season. The Crusaders will be breaking in a new quarterback; Taft will not. Senior quarterback Everett Thomas passed for 3,108 yards and 18 touchdowns as a junior.
Harrisburg at Santiam Christian, 7 p.m.
These frequent competitors have played four times in the past two years. Santiam Christian won 49-15 and 19-13, the latter in the state playoffs, last season.
Jefferson at Santiam, 7 p.m.
This is a new start for Jefferson under new coach Calvin Griggs. For a Santiam team that is in its second year under Justin McGee, this is a chance to continue its progress from when the Wolverines were 4-5.
Willamina at Rainier, 7 p.m.
Willamina has to improve on defense from last year’s 1-8 team that gave up 354 points, most among teams in the West Valley.
Amity vs. Irrigon, at The Dalles, 7 p.m.
The teams meet at the midway point between the schools in the Columbia Gorge.
Regis at Blanchet, at McCulloch Stadium, 7:30 p.m.
This is the first time the nearby Catholic schools have played since 2010 when Blanchet won 28-0. Both teams have tough nonconference schedules after this game.
Clatskanie at Kennedy, 7 p.m.
This should be a good warm up for a Kennedy team that has some of the best skill position players in the state at their level in running back Bishop Mitchell and quarterback Brett Traeger.
Heppner at St. Paul, 7 p.m.
St. Paul is trying to make the playoffs for the first time since being moved up to 2A in 2014, and playing last year’s 2A state champions will give the team a good indication of where they are.
Falls City at Perrydale, 7 p.m.
For the first time in 15 years Dan Dugan or Chris Gubrud won’t be the team’s coach, but Duane Riddell, who formerly coached at Gervais, Central and McKay will be the coach for his first eight-man game.