Opening night of the high school football season is always electric. It’ll be moreso this year with several blockbuster opening night matchups in the Rockford area. The IHSA released the complete schedule for all teams in the state Wednesday afternoon.

Leading the way is the Hononegah at Harlem matchup. Hononegah has run the table in the NIC-10 the last two seasons and despite the fact that the Indians graduated some amazing talent, they’ll be strong again.

Harlem might have the most explosive team in the Rockford area with returning quarterback James Couper, receiver/kick returner Jalon Benson, receiver Brandt Hixson and tight end Dominic McCarren all back.

Following are the other opening night matchups in the Rockford area for Friday, August 30th.

Hononegah at Harlem
Freeport at Belvidere
Belvidere North at East
Guilford at Auburn
Jefferson at Boylan

Dixon at Stillman Valley
Winnebago at Byron
North Boone at Mendota
Rock Falls at Genoa-Kingston
Rockford Lutheran at Oregon

EPC at Lena-Winslow
Forreston at Dakota
AFC at East Dubuque
West Carroll at Galena
Amboy at Pecatonica
Milledgeville at Stockton
Aquin at Orangeville (Sat.)

Rockford Christian at Colfax Ridgeview
South Beloit at Salt Fork (Sat.)
Madison at Kirkland Hiawatha (Sat.)

Rochelle at Pekin
Washington at Sycamore

Roselle Lake Park at DeKalb