Annandale at Westfield

Tomorrow, 7:30 p.m.

The eighth-ranked Bulldogs begin their state championship defense against the Atoms. Annandale has six starters back on both sides of the ball from a team that was in playoff contention late last season. The Atoms lost to Westfield 24-11 last season. That 13-point margin was the second smallest in the Bulldogs' 14 games.

No. 3 Centreville at West Springfield

Tomorrow, 7:30 p.m.

The highly touted Wildcats will begin to see if they will be as good on the field as they appear on paper. Centreville has seven starters back on each side of the ball, including their quarterback, Drew Dudzik, who completed 77 of 146 pass attempts for 999 yards, 12 touchdowns and eight interceptions last season. The Spartans will counter with senior Joey Skaff, who completed better than 50 percent of his passes for 1,434 yards, 21 touchdowns and just six interceptions last year, and receiver Mike Caussin (241 yards, 5 touchdowns).

Marshall at

Falls Church

Tomorrow, 7:30

The Statesmen own the Northern Region's longest losing streak -- 18 straight games. Marshall, however, has twice as many players out for its team this year, and second-year coach J.T. Biddison is optimistic about the season.

Oakton at Madison

Tomorrow, 7:30

A rivalry game. Oakton was responsible for one of Madison's two regular season losses last season. The Cougars won, 13-10.

The Rest of the Schedule

Friday

Edison at Chantilly, 7:30

Hayfield at Mount Vernon, 7:30

Lake Braddock at Jefferson, 7:30

Robinson at Langley, 7:30

South Lakes at Yorktown, 7:30

Stuart at W.T. Woodson, 7:30

Wakefield at Herndon, 7:30

Washington-Lee at McLean, 7:30

West Potomac at Lee, 7:30

Saturday

Fairfax at T.C. Williams, 1 p.m.

Westfield junior running back Evan Royster leads the defending state champion Bulldogs into their season opener with Annandale on Friday.