High school football gets underway, Zero Week games are here

The Great Oak High School Wolfpack will play host to San Jacinto High School in Zero Week high school football action. Rob Davis Photography photo

The first official week of high school football in California begins this week with the ever so famed Zero Week games. According to the rules laid down by the Southern Section of the California Interscholastic Federation, players are required to have nine days of practice before scrimmaging or playing in a game. Zero Week games are becoming more and more popular since this first game results in a bye-week somewhere during the preseason, leading up to a breath of fresh air in the grand scheme of things.

It gives the banged-up guys a chance to heal, and it gives teams an extra week of preparation for the next week’s football game. Most coaches and players always prefer getting the season started early since they have been working out all summer together and would much rather be lining up across from someone else other than their own teammate.

Nearly 20 local teams took to the field this past Friday night, here is a schedule of Week Zero high school football games involving Inland teams. Games are at 7 p.m. unless otherwise indicated.

The Chaparral High School Pumas will take to the road to face Hemet High School in Zero Week of the high school football season. David Canales photo

Thursday 8-22

South Valley League

Temecula Prep at Cornerstone Christian


Santa Ana Calvary Chapel at California Military Institute

Paloma Valley at Norte Vista

Friday 8-23

South Valley League

Hamilton vs. Santa Rosa Academy (Game to be played at Heritage High School)


Centennial vs. Mater Dei at Santa Ana Stadium, 7:30 p.m. (CIF Fox Sports Television Game of the Week)

Chaparral at Hemet

Fountain Valley at Elsinore

Heritage at Etiwanda

King at Temescal Canyon

La Serna at Murrieta Mesa

Palm Desert at Beaumont

Quartz Hill at Rancho Verde

Rancho Christian at Brentwood

Rialto at Orange Vista

San Jacinto at Great Oak

Temecula Valley at Valley View

Trabuco Hills at Corona

Vista del Lago at Tahquitz

West Valley at Shadow Hills

Western Christian at Nuview Bridge

Norco at Williams Field (Arizona)

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