Foran (7-3 in 2015) at Wilbur Cross (2-8), 3:30 p.m.: Wilbur Cross quarterback Zion Setal tore his ACL during camp and will miss his senior season.
Pooch’s Pick: Foran.
Masuk (6-4) at Stratford (7-4), 6 p.m.: Stratford reached the postseason a year ago but suffered some graduation losses. Masuk appears primed for a playoff run.
Pooch’s Pick: Masuk.
Platt Tech (3-7) at Vinal/East Hampton/Goodwin Tech (1-8), 6 p.m.: Vinal/East Hampton/Goodwin Tech lost eight in a row last season before winning its season finale against Wilcox Tech.
Pooch’s Pick: Platt Tech.
Watertown (4-6) at Oxford (3-7), 6 p.m.: Watertown returns 13 starters, including quarterback Nick D’Elia and receivers Oscar Mideros and Jaylen Arline.
Pooch’s Pick: Watertown.
Ellington (8-2) at Valley Regional/Old Lyme (6-4), 6:30 p.m.: Valley Regional/Old Lyme won its last four to end the 2015 campaign. The Warriors are poised to be a legitimate threat in the Pequot Conference and in Class S.
Pooch’s Pick: Valley Regional/Old Lyme.
Crosby (4-6) at Woodland (7-3), 6:30 p.m.: The Chris Moffo era begins at Woodland. Moffo takes over for Chris Anderson, who stepped down after just one season into his second stint with the program.
Pooch’s Pick: Woodland.
Ansonia (12-1) at Wolcott (7-3), 7 p.m.: Wolcott still in search of first ever victory over the Chargers. Ansonia returns a young and inexperienced squad, so this just may be the year the Eagles do it.
Pooch’s Pick: Ansonia.
Bethel (2-8) at Bunnell (4-6), 7 p.m.: Receivers Brett Bogdwicz and Zhyaire Fernandes are among the returnees for Bunnell.
Pooch’s Pick: Bunnell.
Branford (5-5) at Lyman Hall (1-9), 7 p.m.: Lyman Hall has lost nine in a row since winning its season opener in 2015.
Pooch’s Pick: Branford.
Cheshire (4-6) at North Haven (12-1), 7 p.m.: Former Thanksgiving Day rivals meet to kickoff the season. North Haven suffered heavy graduation losses after advancing to Class L state final. The Rams return a solid core and look to be much improved.
Pooch’s Pick: Cheshire.
Creed/Career/Whitney Tech (6-4) at Hillhouse (8-2), 7 p.m.: These programs meet for the first time in football in the first night game ever at historic Bowen Field.
Pooch’s Pick: Hillhouse.
Derby (6-4) at Naugatuck (5-5), 7 p.m.: Naugatuck returns quarterback Mike Plasky and a slew of receivers in what’s expected to be a year where the Greyhounds return to form.
Pooch’s Pick: Naugatuck.
Fairfield Prep (5-5) at Hand (7-3), 7 p.m.: This is expected to be one of Week 1’s most competitive games. Give the edge to Hand at home at the Surf Club.
Pooch’s Pick: Hand.
Law (1-9) at Guilford (2-8), 7 p.m.: Guilford defeated the Lawmen 24-12 in Week 2 last season.
Pooch’s Pick: Guilford.
Norwich Free Academy (6-4) at No. 10 Xavier (6-4), 7 p.m.: Xavier defeated the Wildcats 18-6 last season.
Pooch’s Pick: Xavier.
Notre Dame-West Haven (9-3) at Bishop Hendricken (R.I.) (11-0), 7 p.m.: Notre Dame faces a tough task against Bishop Hendricken, the six-time defending D-I Rhode Island state champion.
Pooch’s Pick: Bishop Hendricken.
Seymour (10-2) at Torrington (9-2), 7 p.m.: Quarterback Jaylen Kelley, running back Bobby Melms and Seymour are the early favorite in the NVL.
Pooch’s Pick: Seymour.
Sheehan (4-6) at East Haven (7-3), 7 p.m.: Sheehan senior running back/wide receiver Zach Davis is expected to be one of the most explosive players in the SCC.
Pooch’s Pick: Sheehan.
No. 3 Shelton (12-1) at Amity (2-8), 7 p.m.: Shelton has reached a state championship game the last two seasons. They have the talent to make it three in a row.
Pooch’s Pick: Shelton.
No. 7 West Haven (7-4) at Hamden (1-9), 7 p.m.: Tom Dyer, the former coach at Hillhouse, takes over at Hamden, where he is the athletic director. West Haven might return the most talented team in the SCC.
Pooch’s Pick: West Haven.
Morgan (9-2) at CREC (4-6), 11 a.m.: Morgan was a Class S state quarterfinalist last season.
Pooch’s Pick: Morgan.
Haddam-Killingworth (5-5) at Old Saybrook/Westbrook (6-4), noon: Old Saybrook/Westbrook defeated the Cougars 29-22 in the season opener last year.
Pooch’s Pick: Haddam-Killingworth.
North Branford (6-4) at SMSA/University/Classical (1-9), noon: SMSA has lost nine in a row since defeating Canton in the season opener last year.
Pooch’s Pick: North Branford.
Wilcox Tech (1-9) at O’Brien Tech (2-8), noon: Wilcox Tech defeated the Condors 9-8 for its only victory last season.
Pooch’s Pick: O’Brien Tech.