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RPS high school football starts Aug. 26

Fred Jeter | 7/14/2022, 6 p.m.
The countdown to kickoff is underway.

The countdown to kickoff is underway.

Richmond’s five public high schools will begin practice in early August, with four of the five opening games scheduled for Aug. 26.

John Marshall returns to the field after being forced to bow out in 2021 due to multiple problems, most notably a shortage of able-bodied players.

The rebuilding Justices will open at Greensville County High in Emporia on Aug. 26.

Also, on Aug. 26, an inner-city matchup will send Thomas Jefferson to Armstrong on Cool Lane.

Unfortunately, due to different VHSL enrollment classifications and District affiliations, there is no round-robin schedule for the city schools. Many old city rivalries are no more.

Here is the 2022 lineup of games according to the Virginia High School League (VHSL) master schedule and MaxPreps. com, with home games in bold.