Glimpsing at the schedules for the Lions, Dragons and 'Horns 60 days out

DERRICK STUCKLY BROWNWOOD BULLETIN derrick.stuckly@brownwoodbulletin.com
Glimpsing at the schedules for the Lions, Dragons and 'Horns 60 days out

The opening weekend of high school football is right at 60 days away, but schedules have been set for months.

For Brown County’s three 11-man programs, the Brownwood Lions and Bangs Dragons will attempt to continue their string of postseason appearances, while the Early Longhorns are looking to get back in the playoffs for the first time since 2008.

The Lions have been placed in District 3-4A Division I and have a district schedule that features a home opener against Stephenville — ranked No. 1 in the state by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine — on Oct. 10, followed by a trip to No. 10 Abilene Wylie on Oct. 17. Brownwood’s bye falls Oct. 24, then the Lions close the regular season at home against Snyder on Oct. 31, followed by a trek to No. 16 Big Spring on Nov. 7.

In non-district action, the Lions kick off the season Aug. 29 against Gatesville at Gordon Wood Stadium, followed by a home date against No. 3 Graham on Sept. 5 and a road game at No. 8 Liberty Hill on Sept. 12. Brownwood’s final three non-district games are at home against Alvarado on Sept. 19 and at Burkburnett (Sept. 26) and Springtown (Oct. 3).

Bangs and Early find themselves in the same district again after the UIL’s biennial realignment in February. Both schools have been positioned in District 3-3A Division I.

The Dragons open the season at Ballinger (Aug. 29) followed by home games against Llano (Sept. 5) and Goldthwaite (Sept. 12) and a road trip to Coleman (Sept. 19).

Following an open date on Sept. 26, Bangs begins district play against Merkel (Oct. 3) followed by a trip to Clyde (Oct. 10) and a home game against Early (Oct. 17). The final three district games for the Dragons are at Jim Ned (Oct. 24), home against reigning state finalist Wall (Oct. 31) and at Brady (Nov. 7).

For the Longhorns, the season starts Aug. 29 at San Saba followed by a trip to Brock on Sept. 5. Early closes its non-district slate at home against Coleman (Sept. 12) and Hawley (Sept. 19).

Early then jumps straight into district as its bye does not fall until the final week of the regular season. In District 3-3A Division I action, the Longhorns open at home against Jim Ned (Sept. 26), visit Wall (Oct. 3) and host Brady (Oct. 10). To close the league slate, Early heads to Bangs (Oct. 17), welcomes Merkel (Oct. 24) and ventures to Clyde (Oct. 31).