Before Kennard-Dale can take the field Friday night for a true home game under the lights, coach Andy Loucks' bunch first had to practice under them.

The school is bringing in portable units for its season-opening 7 p.m. home game against Oxford. No trips six miles south to North Harford High School in Maryland this time. No waiting to play until Saturday, which has typically been the case.

Kennard-Dale will play three home games at night on its own campus, but the Rams and their lighting crew must first undergo a dress rehearsal.

"We're going to have a practice under the lights to give them a chance to see where they should be set up and give our kids a feel for it," Loucks said before Wednesday's 7:30 p.m. practice. "That's obviously something different."

Kennard-Dale linebacker Logan Carlile, bottom, takes out an East Pennsboro defender during a Saturday game last season. This year, the Rams will bring in
Kennard-Dale linebacker Logan Carlile, bottom, takes out an East Pennsboro defender during a Saturday game last season. This year, the Rams will bring in portable lights to their football field, allowing them to host their first Friday night games. They'll host Oxford at 7 tonight to open the season. (GameTimePA -- File)

The school will use six portable lights for the stadium and four additional sets to illuminate the parking lot. Kennard-Dale has twice played home games at North Harford, first in 2010 against West York and again in the 2011 season opener vs. York Catholic.

Friday's games


New Oxford at Bermudian Springs
   Kickoff: 7 p.m.
   Last year: Bermudian Springs 21, New Oxford 0
   The skinny: The Colonials bring an experienced group into this game, but playing Bermudian is never easy.
   Colonials must: See if senior quarterback Anthony Lippy can air it out in this one. Running back Wesley Beans averaged more than 6 yards per carry last year, but the Eagles are typically tough against the run.
   Eagles must: Find the next 1,000-yard running back. We seem to say this on opening night every year, and the amazing thing is Bermudian finds that back every year -- sometimes more than one. Is it Ryan Markle's turn?
 
Biglerville at James Buchanan
   Kickoff: 7 p.m.
   Last year: Biglerville 56, James Buchanan 26
   The skinny: A rebuilding Biglerville squad heads to Mercersburg to face a team it pasted a year ago.
   Canners must: Create holes for Joe Hurda to run the ball. Their second-leading rusher from a year ago (749 yards, 12 TDs) is back, but the senior has a new offensive line blocking for him.
   Rockets must: Shore up a defense that allowed 45.4 points per game in a winless 2012 campaign. Running the ball effectively would help keep the defense off the field.
 
Central York at West York
   Kickoff: 7 p.m.
   Last year: West York 24, Central York 7
   The skinny: These two perennial playoff teams start their transition into 2013 with new faces throughout their rosters.
   Panthers must: Rely on their experienced defense, which includes eight returning starters.
   Bulldogs must: Overcome any first Friday night jitters. West York graduated 24 seniors from last year's District 3 Class AAA finalist squad.
 
Lancaster Catholic at Dallastown
   Kickoff: 7 p.m.
   Last year: Lancaster Catholic 41, Dallastown 33
   The skinny: Dallastown has the chance to make a statement right out of the gate against a powerful, tradition-laced opponent.
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  •    Crusaders must: Replace Roman Clay, who is now at Kent State. It might take more than one player, considering the graduated running back rushed for 2,497 yards and 30 touchdowns last season.
       Wildcats must: Make the tackles they didn't last season. It was a rally cry all camp for coach Kevin Myers' crew -- with good reason. Clay ran for 442 yards last year against the 'Cats.
      
    Trinity at Delone Catholic
       Kickoff: 7 p.m.
       Last year: Trinity 49, Delone Catholic 27
       The skinny: These two teams have playoff pedigrees and find themselves with many holes left from graduation. 
       Shamrocks must: Quickly develop playmakers to go with senior quarterback Mike Boguski, one of only two starters back on the Trinity offense.
       Squires must: Establish a defensive identity. Offensively, they have experience on the line and at fullback (Matt Giuffreda) for first-year starting QB Jake Wiles.
     
    Hanover at Dover
       Kickoff: 7 p.m.
       Last year: Dover 52, Hanover 0
       The skinny: Both teams bring back experience on each side of the ball in this YAIAA crossover game.
       Nighthawks must: heed the words of Hanover coach Mike Ketterman: "We have got to control the ball." The best way to do that will be to establish the running game and keep Dover's offense on the sidelines.
       Eagles must: Get the Logan Ambrose-Isaiah Green combo going early. The tandem combined to top 1,400 yards and 18 touchdowns rushing last season. This year, Ambrose's production must come from the quarterback position.
     
    Columbia at Eastern York
       Kickoff: 7 p.m.
       Last year: Columbia 52, Eastern York 36
       The skinny: Once again these cross-river rivals will open the season against each other.
       Crimson Tide must: Be glad Eastern's Alex Cooley (2,845 yards, 32 TDs) has graduated. Consistency would help the team that was hit or miss during last season's 4-7 campaign.
       Golden Knights must: Play defense. The Knights scored 349 points last year and should have a solid offense again with three-year starter Thomas Taylor at quarterback, but Eastern gave up more than 40 points per contest in 2012.
     
    South Western at Gettysburg
       Kickoff: 7 p.m.
       Last year: South Western 41, Gettysburg 6
       The skinny: The Mustangs have won five straight against their non-league rivals, who will join the YAIAA next fall.
       Mustangs must: Establish the offense early. Dillon Thomas has posted back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons and will go for three straight.
       Warriors must: Find a way to stop Thomas while working on its own offense. Gettysburg scored only 99 points last season. The good news is nine starters return on that side of the ball, including quarterback Jesse Stouch.
     
    Littlestown at Boiling Springs
       Kickoff: 7 p.m.
       Last year: Littlestown 12, Boiling Springs 0
       The skinny: Boiling Springs is coming off a 1-9 season but made Littlestown work for a two-touchdown win last year. How much have the Bubblers closed the gap?
       Thunderbolts must: Dictate the game with their defense. If they can force Boiling Springs into early three-and-out possessions, it could lead to a landslide.
       Bubbles must: Score an early touchdown. They mustered only three points in the first five weeks of last season -- then broke through in a 39-35 loss to Camp Hill.
     
    Northeastern at York Catholic
       Kickoff: 7 p.m.
       Last year: Northeastern 33, York Catholic 28
       The skinny: The Fighting Irish hope to reverse their fortunes from last season's exciting opener against Northeastern.
       Bobcats must: Replace their skill positions lost to graduation. Northeastern lost quarterback Alec Miller and 1,500-yard running back Daniel Adams, but new coach Jon Scepanski returns nearly the entire offensive line.
       Irish must: Let speedy dual-threat junior playmaker Qua'Shawn Grooms fly. Grooms, who had seven catches for 93 yards and a touchdown in his coming-out party last year against the Bobcats, will likely run the ball as well in 2013.
     
    Palmyra at Northern York
       Kickoff: 7 p.m.
       Last year: Northern 22, Palmyra 7
       The skinny: A new regime starts for Northern as Garrett Mowery takes over for longtime head coach Rick Mauck.
       Cougars must: Continue the rebuilding. The Cougars have some offensive skill players back; however, their defense allowed more than 60 points in a game three times, en route to giving up 469 overall points in 2012.
       Polar Bears must: Figure out their weapons. With no starters returning on offense, the coach isn't the only change at Northern. But that will not keep Mowery from running an up-tempo offense.
     
    West Perry at Red Land
       Kickoff: 7 p.m.
       Last year: Red Land 40, West Perry 16
       The skinny: Two Class AAA playoff teams meet again to open the season in this Mid-Penn crossover matchup.
       Mustangs must: Develop an offensive identity without graduated quarterback Zach Smith, who paced a potent offense with his arm and legs.
       Patriots must: Do what they have done best: Grind away on the ground with senior running back John Ford, who had 1,400 yards and 14 TDs as a junior. The offense could be a step ahead of the defense, where few veterans return.
     
    Cumberland Valley at Red Lion
       Kickoff: 7 p.m.
       Last year: Cumberland Valley 44, Red Lion 10
       The skinny: Mid-Penn power Cumberland Valley will provide quite a challenge in the debut of new Red Lion coach Jesse Shay.
       Eagles must: Develop the next batch of standouts in their new regime. Cumberland Valley graduated a lot of skill players as head coach Michael Whitehead Jr. takes over for the legendary Tim Rimpfel. Senior running back Tyler Updegraff will be key.
       Lions must: Improve the running game, which will ease the pressure on senior quarterback Blake Cahill (104-of-206, 7 TDs in 2012) and the passing game.
     
    Susquehanna Township at Spring Grove
    Kickoff: 7 p.m.
       Last year: Susquehanna Township 40, Spring Grove 0
       The skinny: Spring Grove's steady climb from 1-9 in 2011 to 8-4 last year didn't take shape until after the Indians hosted the Rockets in the season opener.
       Indians must: Withstand the Rockets' attack up front and test Spring Grove's youth in the secondary. Speed is an essential asset for one of the Mid-Penn's top teams.
       Rockets must: Get physical and avoid early mistakes. Spring Grove lost three fumbles in the first quarter of this game last year.
     

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    Susquehannock at York Suburban
       Kickoff: 7 p.m.
       Last year: York Suburban 28, Susquehannock 21
       The skinny: A lot of familiar faces will square off against several new ones in this YAIAA crossover contest.
       Warriors must: Convert yards into touchdowns. Nearly all of the Warriors' offensive contributors return, but a year ago, they scored only 114 points.
       Trojans must: Grow up fast. First-year coach Jeremy Jones has a roster full of sophomore and juniors, including quarterbacks Tom Merkle (sophomore) and Sawyer Robinson (junior). Jones will rely heavily on his seniors for leadership.
     
    Coatesville at William Penn
       Kickoff: 7 p.m.
       Last year: Coatesville 41, William Penn 0
       The skinny: Former Bearcats coach Matt Ortega returns to Small Field, this time with a program coming off an appearance in the Class AAAA state title game.
       Red Raiders must: Trust in their defense, which consists of nine returning starters, including Maryland-bound middle linebacker/tight end Tyler Burke and Penn State commit Daquan Worley, a cornerback back/running back.
       Bearcats must: Move the chains and keep junior quarterback James Way upright.

    Saturday's games

    Fairfield at Carson Long
       Kickoff: 11 a.m.
       Last year: Did not play
       The skinny: Fairfield is looking to open its 2013 campaign with a win in this early morning trip to Perry County.
        Green Knights must: Find their go-to player. Replacing school record-holding 1,000-yard rusher Tommy Bollinger won't be easy, but junior quarterback Mason Flickinger and senior receiver Chase Senseney are a good place to start.
       Warriors must: Reduce turnovers and find a way to score. Carson Long scored only 44 points in all of 2012 and was shutout five times. The 29 interceptions thrown by the team went a long way in contributing to those numbers.
     
    Pequea Valley at York County Tech
       Kickoff: 1 p.m.
       Last year: Pequea Valley 45, York County Tech 16
       The skinny: New Tech coach Matt Glennon has plenty of familiar faces returning for this matchup, which got out of hand a season ago.
       Braves must: Get a strong performance from junior quarterback Hunter Smith and the defense, which will face the Spartans' option combo of QB Dalmar Dickson and RB Calvin Savary.
       Spartans must: Hold onto the football. In Tech's 45-16 loss last year at Pequea Valley, the Spartans voided a 429-163 advantage in total yards by committing 10 turnovers. Seven came on fumbles.