Garfield football coach Bob Sax is preparing his team for the season opener Thursday night at Hoban.
The two teams have played in the opener for seven consecutive years. Hoban has won every game against Garfield in the season openers this decade.
"The Hoban game is always a great opener," Sax said in an e-mail. "They will be tough as always. We need to keep our defense off the field and possess the ball. We are young on defense and need to control the clock."