Aldine ISD’s five varsity football programs will begin their season over Labor Day weekend.

The Davis High Falcons will welcome a new head coach in Scott Joseph who will make his debut as when his Falcons take on College Park on Friday night in The Woodlands.

Joseph, the brother of Katy High head football coach Gary Joseph, has served as a head coach in Katy ISD at Seven Lakes and Morton Ranch high schools. He’s also served as the defensive coordinator at Navarro College in Corsicana, Terry High School, Hightower High School, Westbury High School, Cy Ranch High School and Baytown Lee. He’s also served as an assistant coach at Anderson High School and John Tyler High School.

Joseph said he’s excited about his new duties and is ready for a long tenure at Davis and in Aldine ISD.

“We want to establish a base for our program to take us into the next 10 years,” he said. “We are not just building for this year, but we want to establish a program at Davis on all levels. We want to develop players, physically, mentally and socially. We want to make them better everyday and will always want more from them and the team.”

Davis takes on a College Park team in that finished 6-4 a year ago. The Falcons return four offensive and four defensive starters. Davis will be led by running back DeMarcus Barlow (998 rushing yards, 14 TDs). Tyler Charles and Jah’Roll Stevens will battle for the quarterback job. College Park returns five offensive and eight defensive starters. The game will be played in The Woodlands and will begin at 7 p.m.

On Thursday night, Eric Jackson’s Eisenhower High Eagles face a tough test in their season opener when they take on Fort Bend Marshall, a team that finished 15-1 a year ago and reached the Class 5A state finals. Eisenhower returns eight offensive and four defensive starters from a team that finished 5-6 a year ago and reached the playoffs. The offense should be potent behind running back Seavan Guidry (1,038 yards rushing, 9 TDs), quarterback Christian Sims (1,120 yards passing, 13 TDs) and wide receiver Anthony Isom (500 receiving yards, 2 TDs). The defense will be led by linebacker Damon Boswell, who accounted for 70 tackles and 10 sacks in 2018. The game will be played at Thorne Stadium and will begin at 7 p.m.

Wayne Crawford’s MacArthur High Generals open the season on Friday night at Klein Forest. The Generals finished 2-8 a year ago and will face a Klein Forest team that finished 1-9 in 2018. The Generals will be led on offense by quarterback Eric Delgado (586 passing yards, 5 TDs), and wide receiver Taylor Eaton (348 receiving yards, 4 TDs). On defense, the Generals have one of the top defensive backs in the Houston area in Joshua Eaton (4 interceptions in 2018). Eaton will be heavily recruited and will be called on to lead early and often. He’ll get help on defense from linebacker Bryan Razzo, who recorded 101 tackles last season. Klein Forest returns seven offensive and five defensive starters. The game will kickoff at 7 p.m.

Hank Semler’s Aldine High Mustangs take on Cy-Fall on Saturday night in Cypress. Aldine finished 1-9 in 2018 and will be without the services of running back Jacorey Howard who graduated and is now playing at Texas Southern University. Howard rushed for more than 1,300 yards in 2018 and his production will be greatly missed. Aldine returns two offensive and one defensive starter and takes on a Cy-Falls team that finished 9-3 a year ago and returns four offensive and five defensive starters. The Mustangs will be led on offense by wide receiver Ja’Kobi Terry (277 receiving yards, 1 TD) and running back Jordy Benavidez (161 rushing yards, 1 TD). The game will begin at 6 p.m.

Richard Slater’s Nimitz High Cougars host Channelview on Saturday night at Thorne Stadium. The Cougars finished 4-6 a year ago and return four offensive and four defensive starters. The offense should be solid led by running back Jayvon Davis (1,811 rushing yards, 22 TDs) and quarterback Austin Remo (1,416 passing yards, 16 TDs). Channelview finished 4-7 in 2018 and returns six offensive and five defensive starters. The game will kickoff at 7 p.m.