JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Friday is the first night of high school football in the area.
News4Jax sports editor Justin Barney reveals his weekly high school football predictions each Thursday. All games are 7 p.m. unless indicated.
Last year’s record: 291-105 (.735).
Friday, Sept. 4
Alachua Santa Fe at Suwannee: Bulldogs open the season with a W. N4J pick: Suwannee 28, Santa Fe 21.
Bishop Snyder at Hilliard: Red Flashes are in position for another good season. N4J pick: Hilliard 35, Snyder 7.
Bradford at Baker County: The game of the night in the area. Bradford reached the state semifinals a season ago. N4J pick: Bradford 20, Baker County 17.
Cedar Creek Christian at Christ’s Church: Eagles get off to a strong start at home. N4J pick: Christ’s Church 28, Cedar Creek 13.
Eagle’s View at Halifax Academy: Rematch of a close one a year ago. N4J pick: Eagle’s View 31, Halifax Academy 25.
Fernandina Beach at Yulee: Nassau County showdown right out of the gate. Hornets have won six straight in this series and 10 of 13 meetings overall. N4J pick: Yulee 31, Fernandina Beach 20.
St. Johns CD at Munroe Day, 6 p.m.: Spartans notch a win for their new coaching staff. N4J pick: SJCD 27, Munroe Day 20.
West Nassau at Palatka: Warriors want to play a more challenging schedule and they head to Putnam County to kick things off. N4J pick: West Nassau 28, Palatka 21.
Zarephath Academy at Aucilla Christian: First game in program history for Zarephath. N4J pick: Aucilla 28, Zarephath Academy 14.
Note: Original picks included Providence/NFEI and St. Francis/St. Joseph games, although those were removed as those games were kickoff classic/scrimmages.
Kickoff classics, scrimmages
Bishop Kenny at Bolles, kickoff classic
Gainesville St. Francis at St. Joseph
NFEI at Providence, kickoff classic, kickoff classic
Trinity Christian at Gainesville Buchholz, kickoff classic
University Christian at Episcopal, kickoff classic, 6 p.m.
Brantley County at Charlton County, 7:30 p.m.
Brunswick at Pierce County, 7:30 p.m.
Cook at Ware County, 7:30 p.m.
Glynn Academy at Savannah Islands, 7:30 p.m.
Richmond Hill at Camden County, 7:30 p.m.
Off: Atlantic Coast, Baldwin, Bartram Trail, Clay, Columbia, Creekside, Crescent City, Englewood, First Coast, Flagler Palm Coast, Fleming Island, Fletcher, Fort White, Interlachen, Jackson, Keystone Heights, Lee, Mandarin, Matanzas, Menendez, Middleburg, Nease, Oakleaf, Orange Park, Parker, Paxon, Ponte Vedra, Raines, Ribault, Ridgeview, Sandalwood, St. Augustine, Stanton, Union County, Westside, White, Wolfson.