Orange County football teams will officially be kicking off the 2011 season this week. The Bridge City Cardinals, West Orange-Stark Mustangs, Orangefield Bobcats and Little Cypress-Mauriceville Bears all have season openers on Friday. The Vidor Pirates play Saturday. Community Christian will get their inaugural season underway on Sept. 10.

In Dist. 20-4A the Little Cypress-Mauriceville Bears get the season underway at home against Goose Creek on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. The Battlin’ Bears have an open week on Sept. 16 followed by their district opener on the road against Lumberton on Sept. 23. Homecoming for LCM is Oct. 21 against the Port Neches-Groves Indians.

The Vidor Pirates take on Texas High in Lufkin this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The Pirates’ first home game is Saturday, Sept. 3 against the Bridge City Cardinals at 7:00 p.m. Open week for Vidor is Sept. 16 before taking on the Nederland Bulldogs in their Dist. 20-4A opener Sept. 23.

The Bridge City Cardinals hit the road Friday to take on Shepherd at 7:30 p.m. Bridge City’s home opener is Sept. 9 against Kelly. Big Red has an open week on Sept. 30 before starting Dist. 21-3A action at home against Hardin Jefferson. The Cardinals will celebrate homecoming Oct. 28 against Hamshire-Fannett.

The West Orange-Stark Mustangs get their season underway Friday against the Nederland Bulldogs in Provost Umphrey Stadium at Lamar University at 7:30 p.m. The Mustangs will host Friendswood for their home opener on Sept. 2.. Open week for WOS is Sept. 9 and get Dist. 21-3A action underway celebrating homecoming against Hamshire-Fannett on Oct. 7.

The Orangefield Bobcats get the 2011 football season underway at home hosting East Chambers at 7 p.m. Open week for the ‘Cats is Sept. 23 before hosting the Jasper Bulldogs for homecoming Sept. 30. Orangefield opens Dist. 21-3A action on the road against the Silsbee Tigers on Oct. 7.

Community Christian six man football kicks off their first season Sept. 10 against Texas Christian in Houston at 11 a.m. The Lion’s first home game is Oct. 1 against Chester High School at 5 p.m.

Another key date Orange County high school football fans may want to mark their calender for is Bayou Bowl XII between the Bridge City Cardinals and the Orangefield Bobcats on Nov. 11. The Bridge City Chamber of Commerce will host the annual Bayou Bowl Scholarship Banquet on Oct. 31 proceeding the game. The banquet will be held in the Orangefield Elementary School cafeteria this year.