The Jasper Vikings could’ve picked an easier debut.
Jasper High School will hit the football field for the first time on Friday with a game at the fourth-ranked Austin Black Bears, a team that boasts one of the top running back prospects in the state in Asa Martin.
Jasper, formerly Walker High School, will play its home opener in Week 2 against Hueytown at Ki-Ro Gambrell Field.
Ten of the area’s 12 teams open the season on Friday with both Oakman and Winston County opening the regular season on Sept. 1.
Cordova brings back the area’s top football prospect for the 2017 season in Kolbi Fuqua, but the Blue Devils also have the toughest schedule in the area with seven playoff teams from last year on the docket. No. 9 Cordova will find out where it stands in Friday’s season opener at Mortimer Jordan.
Dora, Sumiton Christian and Meek — the three area schools with new coaches — play at home while Jasper, Carbon Hill, Cordova Curry, Lynn, Addison and Corner hit the road for the season opener.
At Dora, the Bart Lockhart era opens with a game against rival Corner. The Bulldogs, coming off a 4-6 season last year, have lost back-to-back games to the Yellow Jackets for the first time since 2000-01.
Sumiton Christian’s Mike McCarty will face Victory Christian at Campbell Field on Friday in his coaching debut at his alma mater.
Meek’s David Norwood will guide his team against Phillips-Bear Creek at Meek Field on Friday.
Carbon Hill opens the season at Locust Fork, Curry makes the short trip to Berry, Lynn plays at Brilliant and Addison travels to Elkmont.