The last time football was played, which was just last spring, Poway High captured the Palomar League championship.
But the coronavirus-shortened season was five or six games with no postseason.
The Titans breezed through the five Palomar League opponents by outscoring them 186-23.
Poway is back to take the momentum from that last season, led by a junior class that has experienced just one football loss (13-1) during all levels in its time on campus.
Two of those juniors were named all-league along with two seniors to spearhead the drive back to the playoffs.
Rancho Bernardo, which lost the regular-season finale at Poway last spring, has a handful of returning starters on defense as well as a quarterback, a running back and three offensive linemen.
The Broncos senior class has suffered just two losses in its first three seasons on campus.
Del Norte has six returning starters on offense and another nine on defense in hopes of snapping a 12-game winless skid, dating back to the 2019 season.
On Friday, Poway visits Granite Hills, Rancho Bernardo visits San Marcos and Del Norte hosts Escondido to open the season.
It is never a bad place to start with a first-team, all-league quarterback like junior Dylan Curry.
Junior Luke Gonzalez, a second-team all-leaguer, and 6-foot-2, 190-pound junior Conner Rath — who has been clocked at 4.45 in the 40 — will …….