Alvin Shadow Creek to visit Gordon Wood Stadium Oct. 27

The Brownwood Lions will play a 10th regular season football game in 2017.

After scheduling just nine opponents for 2016 — and playing only eight games as the homecoming contest with Alvarado was cancelled due to weather — Lions head football coach Kyle Maxfield has announced the addition of Alvin Shadow Creek for the 2017 campaign.

Shadow Creek, a Class 5A school in the Alvin ISD that opened in 2016 with approximately 1,200 students, will visit Gordon Wood Stadium during the Lions' district bye week on Friday, Oct. 27. The Lions will host Stephenville the week prior and visit Big Spring the following week.

“I feel pretty fortunate that we were able to do that,” Maxfield said of finding a 10th opponent. “Through word of mouth and knowing people, I ran into an old Brownwood Lion quarterback, Brad Butler, at the AFCA convention and this will be his second year there as the head coach at Shadow Creek. They're still playing an outlaw schedule in their second year and they're trying to fill out their schedule. I hope we didn't bite off more than we can chew because I think they're supposed to be pretty stout. I think our staff and kids will really enjoy having the game instead of another bye week going into the last two district games.”

The Shadow Creek Sharks posted a 7-2 record against mainly private schools and JV competition in their first season. The Sharks' two losses came at the hands of Midland Christian (42-14) and Silsbee (60-21), while Shadow Creek defeated KIPP Sunnyside (41-0), San Antonio St. Mary's (27-14), Houston Lutheran Academy (33-10), George Ranch JV (41-8), Fort Bend Hightower JV (47-12), Leander Glenn (59-6), and Houston St. Thomas (48-0).

Other changes to Brownwood's 2017 varsity football schedule include different locations for the neutral site games against Canyon and Giddings.

The season opener against Canyon will be played Friday, Sept. 1 at Wolfforth Frenship High School. Last year, the Lions faced Canyon at Lubbock Cooper and dropped a 20-17 overtime decision.

Also, the Giddings contest has been shifted from Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton to Temple High School on Friday, Sept. 29. The Lions edged Giddings, 36-35, in last year's meeting.

“Canyon was a two-year deal where it was agreed to go up to the Lubbock area, so that was out of my hands,” Maxfield said. “We tried to work on it, but we couldn't find anything else in between and it'd already been a two-year deal.

“Coach (Chris) Jones at Giddings had set up the Mary Hardin-Baylor deal, so we tried to stay close to that area at a good neutral site and Temple has a really nice high school stadium.”

The Lions posted a 6-5 overall record and advanced to the second round of the playoffs in 2016, Maxfield's first season as head coach at Brownwood.

The complete Brownwood varsity schedule is as follows:

• Sept. 1, Canyon (at Wolfforth Frenship)

• Sept. 8, Graham**

• Sept. 15, at Liberty Hill

• Sept. 22, at Alvarado

• Sept. 29, Giddings (at Temple)

• Oct. 6, OPEN

• Oct. 13, at Abilene Wylie*

• Oct. 20, Stephenville*

• Oct. 27, Alvin Shadow Creek

• Nov. 3, at Big Spring*

• Nov. 10, Snyder*

** Homecoming

* District 3-4A Division I games