CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- It's now roughly six weeks and counting until the return of high school football in Central Virginia. Most of the local public schools will kick off their seasons on the final Friday in August.
That will also mark the opening weekend for one local prep team -- the Covenant School. Seth Wilson will make his debut as head coach of the Eagles at home against Greenbrier Christian on Saturday, August 26.
The Eagles will be the first local prep school to open its 2017 football schedule. The others all kick off the following weekend, with St. Anne's-Belfield, Blue Ridge School, and Fork Union all on the road on Friday, September 1. Woodberry Forest opens its schedule at home against Charlotte Latin the following day.
Blue Ridge begins defense of its state title with three straight road games. The Barons won't play at home until September 23, when Blue Ridge hosts Covenant. That's followed by a Thursday game at North Cross, in a rematch of last year's VISAA Division II championship.
That trip to Blue Ridge is one of the rivalry games on Covenant's schedule. The Eagles will renew their cross-town rivalry with STAB on October 20, with the Saints hosting that game this season. STAB and Blue Ridge don't go head-to-head this season.
Fork Union's schedule includes a trip to Goochland to open the season on September 1, and a visit to Woodberry Forest on November 3 to close it. Eight days later, the Tigers will travel to Episcopal for the latest renewal of "The Game" -- and new Woodberry coach Scott Braswell's first taste of the long-time rivalry.