Football season is just around the corner, and so are our annual previews of the area high school teams and their schedules.

Football season is just around the corner, and so are our annual previews of the area high school teams and their schedules.

Unlike previous years, Football Preview '09 will run in a series in the Sports Section of the Mail Tribune, beginning Sunday.

It will include stories on teams and leagues, coaches polls and capsules with, among other things, returning starters, last season's scores and this season's schedules.

There also will be a handy master schedule of all the area teams' games for the entire season.

Our print schedule will be:

Sunday, North Medford, South Medford, Grants Pass and the Southwest Conference, plus the composite schedule.

Monday, Ashland, Crater, Eagle Point and the Southern Sky Conference.

Tuesday, Phoenix and the Skyline Conference.

Wednesday, Cascade Christian, Rogue River and the Sunset League.

Thursday, St. Mary's, Butte Falls and Prospect.