Hylton, which graduated all 11 defensive starters from its Virginia AAA Division 6 semifinal team, could face a stiff defensive challenge in the opener. Stonewall Jackson brought back nine offensive starters, including 1,300-yard rusher Chris Garrett, a senior garnering Division I interest. . . .

T.C. Williams plays one of just two games at its home field on Saturday, when the Titans host Fairfax at 1 p.m. T.C. Williams also will host Yorktown on Sept. 18 before construction of a new school building will prevent Titans athletic teams from using the field. . . .

Bishop Ireton has a chance to do something in two weeks this fall that has typically taken two months -- win two games. The Cardinals, who will shoot for a 2-0 start when they host Bishop McNamara on Saturday, picked up their second wins of the past three seasons on these dates: Nov. 1, 2003, Nov. 1, 2002 and Oct. 27, 2001. Ireton started 0-6 in 2003, 0-3 in 2002 and 0-5 in 2001. . . .

Bethesda-Chevy Chase scored 48 points in its season-opening victory over Kennedy. It took the Barons six games to score 48 points last year. They were shut out twice and scored just 13 points in an 0-4 start.