With a string of 100 degree days behind us, and a few more in front of us, not many people in Webster Parish are thinking football. But the high school football season is right around the corner.
Schedules for the Webster Parish high school football teams were released recently, and the first game on those schedules is just weeks away.
The Minden Crimson Tide will have to replace a number of quality players from last season, and they will also face a tough schedule.
Minden will play in a shuffled 1-4A with five district games closing out the season.
The Tide will open their season on September 2, as they travel to Stonewall to take on the 3A North DeSoto Griffins.
The Tide will open their home schedule with a Set. 9 game against 5A West Ouachita. Long-time rival, and new to 5A, the Haughton Buccaneers will travel to The Pit for a Sept. 16 match-up
The Sept. 23 game might be the most highly-anticipated game of the Crimson Tide's season. The Tide will travel to Parkway to take on former Minden and new Parkway head coach David Feaster and his Panthers.
The following week Minden will play their second tough road game in a row as they head to Ruston on Sept. 30.
The next five weeks the Tide will close out the regular season with five District 1-4A games. They will host Fair Park* on October 7, travel to Woodlawn* the next week and then play the next two weeks on the road (Oct. 21 at Huntington* and Oct. 28 at Benton*) before the season ender at home vs. Northwood* on November 4.
The Glenbrook Apaches will drop back to Class 1A, after two seasons in the MAIS' Class 2A division.
The Apaches, like the rest of the MAIS, will open their season two weeks before the local public school.
Glenbrook will open the season with a home game against Riverdale on August 19. The next week they will play at Riverfield*.
On Sept. 2, Glenbrook will host Wilkinson County Christian Academy* and then travel to Amite* on Sept. 9.
The Apaches will celebrate Homecoming on Sept. 16 as they host Union Christian*. The next week Glenbrook will host River Oaks.
The Apaches will close out the month with a Sept. 30 game at Tallulah*. After an open date the next week, the Apaches will travel to Bastrop on October 14 to play Prairie View Academy.
The Apaches will then close out their regular season with games at home vs. Cenla Christian Academy on Oct. 21 and on the road against the Claiborne Academy Rebels on Oct. 28.
The Lakeside Warriors will be joining a new district this year, as they become a member of the seven-team 2-2A.
The Warriors will travel to Ringgold on Sept. 2 to open their schedule and then return home the next Friday to open their home schedule with a game against Lakeview.
The Warriors will step up a couple of classes on Sept. 16 as they head to Bossier to take on the 5A Parkway Panthers.
Lakeside will then enjoy three straight Friday night home games, as they host Montgomery (Sept. 23), Arcadia* (Sept. 30) and Sterlington* (Oct. 7).
On Oct. 14 the Warriors will play at Jonesboro-Hodge*, and then at Homer* on Oct. 21. Lakeside will close out their regular schedule with a home game with Lake Providence on Oct. 28 and a road game at Ferriday on November 4.
The 2011 football season will be the first for the newly-formed North Webster High School Knights. The Knights came to life as Springhill, Sarepta, Cotton Valley and Shongaloo schools consolidated into one high school.
The Knights will kick-off their first season with a road game at Haynesville on Sept. 2. The next two weeks will feature home games against two Northwood teams. The first will be against the Northwood Falcons on Sept. 9, followed by the Northwood-Lena Gators on Sept. 16.
The Knights will hit the road the next two weeks, at Bossier (Sept. 23) and Homer (Sept. 30).
North Webster will then close out their regular season with five-straight district games.
October 7, they will host Calvary Baptist* and then head to Mansfield the following week.. The Knights will travel to North Caddo* on Oct. 21 and then will host Evangel* on Oct. 28. North Webster will then close out their first regular season schedule with a home game against Booker T. Washington*.
* denoted district game.