All Nolan County high school football teams outside Sweetwater start 2014 season workouts when they report to their respective locations Monday, with the first scrimmages and games just weeks away.
At Roscoe, athletes begin their practices at 6:30 a.m. and sessions will continue until 10:45 a.m. Approx-mately 54 players are expec-ted to report, 12 more than a year ago, said Roscoe coach Jake Freeman. The first scrimmage will be Aug. 15 against Haskell and the second is Aug. 22 vs. Munday.
The Plowboys will play their season opener on the road at Hawley on Aug. 29, with the first home game set for the following week â€” on Sept. 5 â€” vs. Hamlin. The district opener is on Oct. 10 against Miles. Roscoe will begin play in District 6-2A, Division II along with old rival Roby and new rivals Bronte, Menard, Miles and Winters.
Highland and Blackwell will no longer be classified as six-man but as Class 1A teams this year. Highland, which will have its practice Monday from 7:30-10:30 a.m., is in District 7-1A, Division I while Blackwell â€” whose athletes practice Monday from 7-10:30 a.m. â€” will be in District 7-1A, Division II. Highland will have 23-24 players for its first workout Monday, according to its new coach Kyle Jeffrey, and its first scrimmage will be Aug. 15 at Blackwell. The first game is Aug. 28 at Motley County.
Blackwell, coming off its second straight playoff ap-pearance, will have 16-20 players for its first workout on Monday, said coach Clint Lowry. The first game is at Sterling City Aug. 29.
Highland will be joined by Hermleigh, Ira and West-brook in its new district and Blackwell will be joined in its new district by Loraine, Moran and Trent.