Bluefield (0-1) at Campbell (0-0)
Kickoff: 7 p.m., Barker-Lane Stadium, Buies Creek
Bluefield’s strength: Running back Alex Martin looks to be the centerpiece of a Rams team that lost its starting quarterback, top two runners, top two receivers and top two tacklers from a squad that went 1-10 last year. Martin exploded for 248 yards and two touchdowns in his only start last season — the final game of the year — and added 127 yards and another touchdown on 16 carries in Bluefield’s 2016 season-opening loss to Pikeville.
Key theme: While Martin anchors Bluefield’s offense, Campbell running back De’Shawn Jones will be the runner attracting the eyes of fans and NFL scouts alike in the Camels’ opener. Jones is already the leading rusher in school history and could shred an overmatched Rams defense as he takes the first steps toward his goal of a 2,000-yard season.