If defending Long Island Class IV champion Shoreham-Wading River and perennial Suffolk IV power Babylon are to have successful 2015 seasons, they will have to feel at home on the road.
Both schools are having new turf fields built that are not expected to be ready until next season, necessitating that the Wildcats and Panthers play all their games either on the road or at neutral fields.
They are among the 12 Suffolk IV schools on Long Island that comprise a six-game season-opening weekend. All other schools -- public and private -- open next weekend.
Shoreham-Wading River at Mercy, Friday, 6 p.m.: Top-seeded SWR returns several key players that helped produce a 12-0 season and the school's first county and Long Island championship in football. TE/DE Ethan Wiederkehr is a national recruit as a junior, and at 6-6, 270, should dominate. RB/S Chris Rosati rushed for more than 1,000 yards and 11 touchdowns and made 64 tackles. QB Kevin Santacroce and WR Marco Sciarra lead the experienced No. 8 Monarchs, a playoff team at 4-4 last year.
Glenn at Hampton Bays, Friday, 7 p.m.: The No. 2 Knights have plenty of team speed and are led by senior QB Wayne White (940 yards passing, 875 rushing) and lineman Edwin Rubio. The No. 7 Baymen have a new coach and new systems on offense and defense, with RB/LB Travis Flynn leading both units.
Wyandanch at Greenport/Southold, Friday, 7 p.m.: The No. 12 Warriors were winless a year ago, but feature excellent team speed, led by RB Christian Flowers. The No. 11 Porters hope to contend for a playoff spot behind senior QB Dylan Marlborough.
Center Moriches at Bayport-Blue Point, Saturday, 1 p.m.: The host No. 3 Phantoms went 7-3 last year and return two-way linemen Dylan Ingber and RB/DB Anthony DeNicola. The No. 6 Red Devils will counter with QB Joe Martins, also a solid safety, and some fleet receivers.
Port Jefferson at East Hampton, Saturday, 2 p.m.: QB Nicholas Caltagirone is one of only a handful of experienced players for the No. 9 Royals. The No. 13 Bonackers did not field a varsity team last year.
Babylon vs. Mount Sinai, at Islip, Saturday, 2 p.m.: This neutral-site game pits two probable playoff teams. The No. 4 Mustangs have experience, led by OL/DL Hunter Tabile and WR/DB Griffen Magrath, and the No. 5 Panthers are in a rebuilding mode.