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image Prep football opens on Friday with East Bay on the road to Chamberlain and Riverview, Lennard, Spoto and Bloomingdale all kicking off the season at home. Mitch Traphagen Photo

With the 2011-12 school year beginning this week, prep football kicks off a new season on Friday.

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN

With the 2011-12 school year beginning this week, prep football kicks off a new season on Friday. Kickoff times are typically 7:30 p.m., but check with your local school for the exact time.

For South County high schools, the East Bay Indians, coming off a 1-10 record last year will travel to take on Chamberlain High School in Tampa. Frank LaRosa is the head coach.

The Riverview High School Sharks, coming off a 0-12 season last year, will host Tampa’s Wharton High School. Bruce Gifford is the head coach.

Ruskin’s Lennard High School Longhorns, coming off a 6-5 season last year, will host Tampa’s Leto High School. George Edington is the head coach.

Riverview’s Spoto High School Spartans, coming off a 6-4 season last year, will host Tampa’s Alonso High School. Dale Caparaso is the head coach.

Valrico’s Bloomingdale High School Bulls, coming off a 2-9 season last year, will host Plant City’s Durant High School. John Booth is the head coach. The game is Bloomingdale’s Kickoff Fall Classic.

Although classes began on August 23, most fall season athletes have been in practice since at least August 8.

Prep football schedules for area high schools:

East Bay High School Indians
08/26:  At Chamberlain
09/02:  Lennard
09/09:  At Steinbrenner
09/16:  At Bloomingdale
09/23:  At Newsome
10/06:  Riverview
10/14:  Gaither
10/20:  Plant City
10/28:  At Durant
11/04:  At Brandon
11/11:  Strawberry Crest

Riverview High School Sharks
08/26:  Wharton
09/02:  Spoto
09/16:  At Leto
09/23:  Plant City
09/30:  Bloomingdale
10/06:  At East Bay
10/14:  Steinbrenner
10/20:  Brandon
10/28:  At Newsome
11/04:  At Durant
11/10:  At Gaither

Lennard High School Longhorns
08/26:  Leto
09/02:  At East Bay
09/09:  Gibbs
09/16:  Middleton
09/23:  Robinson
09/30:  Berkeley Prep
10/07:  At Jesuit
10/14:  At Lakewood
10/20:  At Blake
10/28:  Spoto
11/04:  At Dunedin

Spoto High School Spartans
08/26:  Alonso
09/02:  At Riverview
09/16:  Gibbs
10/07:  At Dunedin
10/14:  Blake
10/20:  Robinson
10/28:  At Lennard
11/04:  Lakewood
11/10:  Wharton

Bloomingdale High School Bulls
08/26:  Durant (Fall Kickoff Classic)
09/02:  At Chamberlain
09/09:  At Strawberry Crest
09/16:  East Bay
09/23:  Tampa Catholic
09/30:  At Riverview
10/06:  At Alonso
10/14:  Leto
10/20:  At Wharton
11/04:  Plant
11/10:  Newsome

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