Though it's nearly three months until the start of the regular season, Friday night football is temporarily back.

Four spring games are set for 7 p.m. Friday kickoffs, should the weather comply, including the highly anticipated debuts of perhaps the area's two premier teams — Flagler Palm Coast and Mainland.

Here's a quick preview of the quartet of local football games.

Flagler Palm Coast at Fleming Island

There's plenty of optimism in Palm Coast on the heels of a 9-0 regular season and the program's first district title since 2007. Many of the Bulldogs' top players last year were juniors, including sack artist Nelson Paul, ball-hawking safety Dennis Shorter, tackling leader Tallin Coates and left tackle Verneal Henshaw. Donovan Montoyo, Ty Jenkins and Marc Genis lead what should be a ruthless, uptempo rushing attack. If FPC can find a passing game in the next several months, the sky is the limit.

Fleming Island was a playoff team in the fall as well. The Golden Eagles advanced to the second round and outscored opponents by 119 points. However, a huge chunk of that squad is set to graduate. Rising junior running back Dewayne McBride has been in demand this spring, picking up offers from Troy, Georgia Southern, Kent State and Appalachian State among others. Tight end Sam Snyder claims a Louisville offer and may be the team's top weapon in the passing game.

St. Augustine at Mainland

Mainland will have plenty of talent to replace, particularly at the wide receiver spot, but the Bucs appear ready for another playoff run. Taron Keith and Stone Turner should both have opportunities to play quarterback and will benefit from returning weapons D'Andre McMillian and Shawn Daffin, as well as monstrous tackles Travis Robinson and Shayne Brennen. Two-time All-Area first-team pick Kevon McCrary anchors the defense, along with the athletic pairing of Andrew Plummer and Carlos Smith Jr. in the secondary.

St. Augustine reached the Class 6A semifinals last fall, winning its first 12 games before falling to Seffner Armwood. The Yellow Jackets stacked up quality wins in the process, taking down crosstown rival Menendez, Bartram Trail and Ponte Vedra. Brandon Johnson is the leading returning rusher, with only 194 yards, but is the front-runner to carry the load. Jarien Ramos (three interceptions), Jaden McDowell (four interceptions, 77 tackles), Darius Stanley (eight sacks) and Robert Zuzu (team-high 87 tackles, 11.5 TFLs, six sacks) lead a far more experienced defense.

Green Cove Springs Clay at Matanzas

The Pirates have qualified for the playoffs each of the last two seasons, but there is quite a lot of turnover. Don Mathews was promoted from defensive coordinator to head coach after Robert Ripley stepped down, and the defense loses several All-Area picks. Rising senior cornerback Branden Gilyard snagged three interceptions, and linebacker Corey VanDyke totaled 88 tackles and 5.5 sacks as a freshman.

Clay is a consistent contender at the Class 5A level, and rushed for almost 300 yards per game. Idaho signee Aundre Carter did the bulk of the damage, churning out nearly 1,800 more yards on the ground than any other Blue Devil. Outside linebacker Cody Devore ranked third on the team with 72 tackles, including a team-high 11 for loss.

Seabreeze at Orange Park Ridgeview

Into October, Seabreeze was a bit of a feel-good story, picking up four wins and hanging in the playoff race until the final two weeks. The Sandcrabs lose talent at all three levels of the defense, but Amarri Davis generated 59 tackles and three sacks in the trenches. Deshaun Hugee should see plenty of carries after rushing for 390 yards and three touchdowns in 2017. With starting quarterback Jadyn Nirschl now at DeLand, finding a solution under center will be a must before the fall.

Ridgeview picked up six victories after a winless 2016, but ended the campaign on a three-game losing streak. Caleb Plyler and Jaiden Turner combined for 686 rushing yards with five touchdowns for the Panthers. There's balance in the Ridgeview offense as well. Tyler Huff tossed 21 touchdowns, and Denali Lindo led the squad with 427 yards and five scores.