Tonight's scrimmages will serve as a final tune-up for each of the football teams competing in the newly realigned Bay Valley Athletic League. Non-league action starts in earnest next Friday night, Sept. 5.
While it's too early to project the order in which the league's six teams will finish in the BVAL standings, one thing is abundantly clear defending champion Pittsburg heads into this season as the heavy favorite to reclaim the crown and with a bright bulls-eye painted squarely on its back.
Antioch figures to be the wild-card in the equation this season, as first-year head coach Randy Autentico has installed a brand-new offense in hopes of maximizing the productivity of his athletically gifted squad. And Liberty figures to be much more competitive in its second season under head coach Nate Smith, who was able to oversee the entire off-season program for the first time since joining the Lions.
Here is a closer look at each of the six BVAL football teams in alphabetical order:
Autentico has been impressed with the speed at which his new team has picked up his shotgun/fly offense and the precision with which it's executing its new offensive playbook in practice. Still, the Panthers' hopes of competing for a league title will depend largely on the playmaking ability of its