The season opener last year for the Holliday Eagles was a 14-0 win over the Iowa Park Hawks. Once again they will start the 2019 football campaign against the Hawks. Both teams last year went on deep playoff runs. The Eagles advanced to the quarterfinal round in Class 3A and the Hawks made a state semifinal appearance in Class 4A. The Hawks were 1-5 in their first six games before turning things around. The Eagles reeled of 6 straight wins before falling to the Gunter Tigers. The two quality programs will find out what 2019 has in store this Friday night.
The Eagles will be on their home field this Friday night for a 7:30 kickoff against the Iowa Park Hawks.
The Trojans will once again open the season against the Class 3A Henrietta Bearcats. Last year the Trojans unleashed the first of many aerial attacks to beat the Bearcats 40-26. Hunter Wolf, Nathan Bales, and Colton Bates have graduated, but Cy Belcher is on hand to take over at quarterback. Kyle Wolf and Awtry Blagg should be on the receiving end of Belcher’s passes. Henrietta finished the season last year with a 6-5 record after losing to Jackboro in bi-distirct. The Trojans finished the 2018 campaign with a District 6-2A Championship with a record of 8-4 before bowing out of the playoffs in the area round against Hamlin.
The Trojans are opening at home this Friday night. Kickoff is scheduled for 7pm.
Archer City Wildcats
The Wildcats will wait a week before opening on the road against the Alvord Bulldogs. The Cats racked up 428 yards of offense in last year’s opener. Ty Bates will move in at quarterback in a personnel change that moved Carter Hilbers to wide receiver. Last year, Hilbers at quarterback, threw for 205 yard and rushed for 98, so Bates will have big shoes to fill. The Cats finished third in District 6-2A last year with an 8-3 record. They will look to get off to a fast start against an improved Alvord Bulldog team.
Head Coach Shad Hanna was a little concerned when scheduling resulted in an open date the first week of the season, but now feels it gives his team to time to work on special teams and details before having to put the Wildcats on the field.
The Wildcats will open the season in Alvord on Friday, September 6, with kickoff scheduled for 7 pm.