Roscoe, Highland travel but Blackwell celebrates homecoming in opener

Ron Howell
Sports Editor

Roscoe and Highland are on the road for Friday’s high school football season openers at Hawley and Grady, respectively. But it’s a whole different scenario for the other Nolan County area team.
Blackwell not only plays at home, but gets an extra day to prepare for what will be its homecoming when it welcomes Eden on Saturday for the season opener. All of the games start at 7:30 p.m. and all three will be a good first test.
Roscoe will be facing a Class 2A, Division I Hawley squad that went 8-4 a year ago and was an area finalist while Roscoe, went 6-5 in Class 2A, Division II, losing in the first round of the playoffs after its fourth consecutive appearance in the postseason.
Highland goes to Grady, 2-8 last year. The teams also opened against each other in 2017 and the Hornets rolled to a 70-24 win en route to going 7-4 and reaching the bi-district playoffs before Jayton ended their season.
Blackwell, which is coming off a season when it went 11-1 and equalled the school’s best start to a season ever, will be favored to beat an Eden squad that went 4-6 this past season. Blackwell goes to Highland next week for a non-district Nolan County Hornets showdown.