High school football is here. Zero Week is upon us with a full slate of games on Friday night.

With a new season comes a fresh focus from azcentral sports: expanded coverage of our Game of the Week.

All season our mission will be to identify and go deep covering the best matchup of the week. We’ll lead you right up to kickoff with top story lines, spotlights on the key players and up-to-the minute updates Friday night on azcentral.com. Then after the stadium lights go dark, we’ll break down the game with analysis you can’t get anyplace else, along with our award-winning visuals.

RELATED: High school football games this week

Kicking things off is our first Game of the Week: Peoria Centennial at Queen Creek Casteel.

Centennial is a traditional power and a defending state champ. Casteel is the upstart program, a young 3A team with its first senior class but also a defending state champion.

Now, Casteel shares the 5A stage with a Centennial program that has won six state titles since 1985.

Another great matchup we’ll be covering is Scottsdale Chaparral at Chandler Hamilton. Chaparral is now a 6A program. Let’s see how the Firebirds handle the upgraded competition, and how Hamilton grows with its new head coach.

Other games we’re covering in Zero Week: Gilbert Perry at Phoenix Pinnacle, Glendale Apollo at Scottsdale Desert Mountain, Phoenix Northwest Christian at Fountain Hills, Marana at Scottsdale Horizon, Phoenix Brophy Prep at Peoria Liberty, Tempe Corona del Sol at Mesa Mountain View.

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