High school football is back!

The long wait is finally over for many teams in Southwest Riverside County. It might be the shortest season ever, there may not be playoffs, or aptly named league champs, but for the first time in a year, high school football teams across our area hit the field to compete this week. Here is a look at some of the scores for schools inside the Valley News coverage area. To report any additions or changes, email sports@reedermedia.com.

Jalen Boston (3) and Sean McDermott (11) welcome back high school football as Vista Murrieta opens the season with a 34-33 win against rival Chaparral. Valley News/David Canales photo

THURSDAY, MARCH 18 

Sunbelt League

Valley View – 10

Hemet – 20

Non-League

Temescal Canyon – 14

Ayala – 38

Rancho Verde – 41

J.W. North – 0

FRIDAY, MARCH 19

Southwestern League

Chaparral – 33

Vista Murrieta – 34

Great Oak – 18

Murrieta Mesa – 24

Non-League

Heritage – 14

Murrieta Valley – 48

SATURDAY, MARCH 20

Inland Valley League

Lakeside at Elsinore, 5 p.m.

Mountain Pass League

San Jacinto at Tahquitz, 10 a.m.

Non-League

Santa Rosa Academy at West Valley 10 a.m.

Riverside Poly at Citrus Hill, 10 a.m.

JP Raineri can be reached by email at sports@reedermedia.com.