Western snapped a 43-game losing streak with a win over Rancho last season, but then lost its final eight games.
The Gators are coming off one of their most successful seasons, having advanced to the Sunrise Region title game.
The Bulldogs struggled in Forshee’s first season, but closed the year on a high note with a 52-30 win over Palo Verde.
With plenty of experience back and Desert Pines and Mojave moving up to Class 4A, the Trojans could compete for the Sunset League title.
Here are the top games to watch for Week 9 of the high school football schedule (Oct. 12).
Liberty’s game against No. 1 IMG Academy highlights three local teams playing against nationally ranked squads. Bishop Gorman and Faith Lutheran are the others.
The Pioneers have won three of the last four Northeast League titles, and expect to contend again this season.
Arbor View has owned the Northwest League in recent years, but the Crusaders could have something to say about that this season.
The Spartans got off to an outstanding start in Walker’s first season, winning their first three games including the Northwest League opener against Centennial. The end of the season wasn’t as kind to Cimarron.