A full 2022 NFL schedule will be released on Thursday, so fans can begin planning trips, notifying significant others when they’re unavailable, and dreaming that this might be “The Year.”
Football season in high school and the NFL are not too far off from each other. With 16 weeks to go until the 2022 season, we looked ahead to the biggest and best games.
From annual league matchups to non-league matchups to independents taking on other heavyweights, we mapped out a weekly look at the games we are looking forward to watching this fall.
Many of the games are interstate matchups, including a showdown between St. John Bosco and Allen on Aug. 26.
A fellow powerhouse from Southern California, Mater Dei traveled east to face Duncanville last season and defeated the Panthers 45-3.
Having won five Texas state titles, the Eagles hope to reclaim bragging rights against St. John Bosco, which finished No. 6 in the MaxPreps Top 25 and is battling for the preseason No. 1 spot.
Bishop Gorman will play Hamilton on Sept. 9 for the chance to redeem itself from last season’s shocking loss. The Huskies stunned the Gaels last season by scoring three times in the final 65 seconds of a nationally televised game for a 25-24 victory.
Biggest game each week of the season
Aug. 19 — Thompson (Alabaster, Ala.) vs. Buford (Ga.)
Aug. 26 — St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) at Allen (Texas)
Sept. 2 — Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) at Centennial (Corona, Calif.)
Sept. 9 — Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.) at Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)
Sept. 16 — Buford at St. Joseph’s Prep (Philadelphia)
Sept. 23 — IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) at Central (Phenix City, Ala.)
Sept. 30 — American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.) at Cardinal Gibbons (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Oct. 7 — St. John Bosco at Mater Dei
Oct. 14 — Mill Creek (Hoschton, Ga.) at Buford
Oct. 21 — Allen at Guyer (Denton, Texas)
Oct. 28 — St. John’s (Washington, D.C.) at Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.)
Nov. 4 — Bixby (Okla.) at Jenks (Okla.)
Nov. 18 — IMG Academy at St. Frances Academy (Baltimore)
* Freedom Bowl, Milton High School (Ga.)
Note: No game was chosen for Nov. 11 as postseason action starts in most states in early November.