The first week of the football season usually leads to the unmatched excitement that can only be felt by local fans that have patiently awaited their Friday Night Lights.
But for Houston area teams in District 12-6A, their focus was as far away from the football fields as possible.
With each of their opening games wiped away due to Hurricane Harvey, many of those players spent their weekends helping classmates, friends and community members recover from the damage that flooded many of their homes.
While those recovery efforts are far from done, many of those teams started putting some of their focus on the 2017 football season, which is set to start for Montgomery, Oak Ridge and College Park this week.
Here is a look at some of the rescheduling for this week’s action, although final decisions are still yet to be made on some of those games.
Conroe: While some teams were playing their openers this past weekend, Conroe’s players were helping out with a food drive in the area.
Their game against Cy-Springs was canceled this past week.
Conroe will look to get some action this week when it takes on Klein Forest on Thursday night. However, instead of that serving as a game, it will instead be a scrimmage due to each team having little practice time due to recent events.
Montgomery: With this week’s opponent, Aldine Eisenhower, unable to play this week, Montgomery shifted is schedule to go up against some top-level competition.
The Bears will now take on Euless Trinity on Friday night at 7:30 at Bedford’s Pennington Field. Euless Trinity is a traditional powerhouse and is among the Top 25 teams in the state according to Dave Campbell’s Texas Football.
College Park: The Cavaliers are looking to get back on the field this week after having their opener rained out by Harvey.
College Park will open the season on Friday as it takes on Tomball at 7:30 p.m. at Woodforest Bank Stadium.
College Park held a practice on Saturday after more than a week off.
Oak Ridge: The War Eagles will get the chance to get their first game in this week due to some reshuffling of their schedule.
The will play against Gregory-Portland on Friday night at 7 at Ricebird Stadium in El Campo.
The Woodlands: Like much of the area, most of the Highlanders have spent the last week helping with recovery efforts.
Their original opener against Cy-Fair was canceled and their original game against Spring won’t be played.
The Woodlands will take part in a three-team scrimmage with Cinco Ranch and Spring this week.
The Woodlands is scheduled to take on Katy on Sept. 16.
Beaumont West Brook: With Harvey doing severe damage to the Beaumont area, West Brook’s opener has been put on hold. They currently have a game scheduled against Beaumont Ozen for Friday night.
Lufkin: The Panthers were the only 12-6A team that was able to play their opener as scheduled.
After a 35-16 loss to Longview, Lufkin will return to action for its home opener on Friday night against Nacogdoches.