It’s the first week of back to school, and the king of high school sports takes center stage Friday night.
Tooele Valley’s three prep football teams begin their 2013 seasons, which run from Friday, Aug. 23 to Friday, Oct. 25. After that, home playoff games may follow — if all goes according to plan.
The Grantsville Cowboys, in the new 3A football classification, will be the lone team playing at home Friday when they host 3AA Cedar.
The Tooele Buffaloes have a brief road trip for their first encounter when they knock heads with the 4A Cyprus Pirates in Magna Friday night.
Stansbury, however, will have a long trip to St. George for a slugfest against 3AA powerhouse Desert Hills.
The Utah High School Activities Association enacted a new change for football for the next two years by dividing 3A teams into two classifications. Tooele and Stansbury ended up in the larger 3AA football classification, while Grantsville is nestled in the smaller 3A classification.
The Cowboys are excited about playing on a more even field with schools of similar size, and expect to compete for a state title later this season.
Fifth-year school Stansbury features talented players with lots of experience. The Stallions would like to win several playoff games this season instead of just one like the past two seasons.
For the Buffaloes, it’s nowhere to go but up. The team has enjoyed victory once during the past two seasons.
See A10 for previews on all three football teams.