The Roscoe Plowboys and Blackwell Hornets are both entering this season with several young players who have little or no varsity experience, but neither team will be getting a break in their opener.
Roscoe, which has just four seniors on its 31-player roster, travels to Albany tonight for its opener that will kick off at 7:30 p.m.
Meanwhile, Blackwell â€” which wonâ€™t have any seniors on its 14-player roster â€” will wait until Saturday to begin its sea-son. The Hornets will be traveling to McCamey to face a good Water Valley squad â€” one that is led by former Highland coach Karry Owens â€” at 3 p.m. as part of the second annual West Texas Six-Man Shootout that features five games on Saturday.
Roscoe is a perennial playoff team, but the Plowboys will have their hands full with an Albany squad that has a number of key players back after getting to the state quarterfinals last season.
Roscoe has a full slate of tough foes prior to district. Next up will be Hawley on Sept. 1 at Sweetwaterâ€™s Sammy Baugh Classic.
Blackwell is taking on a Water Valley squad which is coming off a 10-1 season and will be favored to win District 8, Division I. Blackwell is a member of District 8, Division II. The game will be the first time that Blackwellâ€™s Nathan Hayes has coached against Owens since he left Highland this past spring.