The wait is nearly over and soon high school football will be back at it for another season. The first week of the regular season kicks off Aug. 30 for our most area schools.

Banquete

The Banquete Bulldogs will start the year with a home matchup against Mathis.

The visiting Pirates are under the direction of new coach Tim Holtz, who most recently coached at George West. Mathis will feature a new offense this season, switching from the spread to the Slot-T.

The Bulldogs will counter with their second year of the 50 base defense. Banquete returns Marcos Suarez on the defensive line and linebacker Ross Sullivan.

The Pirates went 5-5 last season, while the Bulldogs finished with a 10-2 record, including a first-round playoff win.

John Paul II

John Paul II will trot out an inexperienced group in 2013. The Centurions return just four starters total. JPII is coming off a 2-9 season and will field a number of underclassmen, including some freshmen.

The team’s first game is Friday against Taft at home. The Greyhounds made the playoffs last year and finished with a 6-5 record. Quarterback Jestin Flores will lead the team on offense.

The Centurions will lead on what upperclassmen they have, including senior Josh Gomez, Manuel Lopez, and new quarterback Andrew Morgan, who transferred from Flour Bluff.

Robstown

The Robstown Cotton Pickers enter the 2013 season after going winless in the previous two years. The Pickers are certainly ready to turn things around, returning nine starters on offense and seven on defense.

Robstown’s first test will come Friday night against Corpus Christi Miller at Picker Stadium.

The Buccaneers were a playoff team out of District 31-4A last season and return a healthy bunch of starters themselves. Miller is bringing back seven starters on offense and defense.

The Buccaneers will be breaking in a new quarterback, however, with the graduation of four-year starter Tyrell Clay.

Robstown coach Enrique Gonzalez thinks this team could surprise some people, and said the team finally has some experience coming back in players such as defensive tackle Kasey Hosey, linebacker David Rivera, and quarterback Riley Ramos.

Tuloso-Midway

Second-year coach Brian Boone hopes to build on last season as the team increased their win total. His first crack at more improvement will be against Sinton on Friday night at Warrior Stadium.

T-M notched three wins in Boone’s first year after a winless 2011 campaign. Quarterback Caleb Rozypal returns after starting for the Warriors last year as a sophomore. Justin Nava returns, but he is the only starter back on the o-line.

The Pirates, tri-district 30-3A champions a season ago, also return just one starter on the offensive line. Behind that line will be quarterback Tyler Handson, the 30-3A Co-Offensive Player of the Year in 2012. He accounted for more than 40 touchdowns last season.

He will be a handful for a defense led by linebacker Orlando Pena, Gabriel Benavides, and defensive back Mike Gonzalez.