With basketball shootouts done in the area and the calendar flipping to July, the focus on the high school level naturally shifts to football. In accordance with that, the Illinois High School Association recently released its 2014 football schedules.
Morris, which finished 3-6 last season under coach Alan Thorson, will find out early what kind of team it has, as the Redskins visit Minooka for their opener on Aug. 29 at 7 p.m. That’s followed by a visit from perennial power Metamora the next week, Sept. 5 and a home game against Dundee-Crown on Sept. 12. The Redskins then visit Sterling on Sept. 19 before starting play in the Northern Illinois Big 12 East against Yorkville at home on Sept. 26. Three more NIB 12 East games follow, with trips to DeKalb on Oct. 3 and Kaneland on Oct. 10 before a home game against Sycamore on Oct. 17. The regular season concludes with a nonconference home game against LaSalle-Peru on Oct. 24. All of Morris’ games except for Kaneland (7:15) are scheduled for a 7 p.m. start.
Also having a tough go in the first couple of weeks is Minooka, as the Indians (3-6 under Paul Forsythe last year) host Morris in the opener on Aug. 29 before traveling to Providence Catholic on Sept. 5 for their nonconference games. The Indians begin play in the Southwest Prairie Conference with a visit to Romeoville on Sept. 12 before hosting Oswego on Sept 19 and Plainfeld Central on Sept. 29. October brings SPC games at Plainfield East on the 3rd and at Plainfield South on the 10 before hosting Oswego East on the 17th and finishing the season on the road at Plainfield North on the 24th. All games except Providence, which is scheduled for 7:30, are scheduled to start at 7 p.m.
Coal City starts the season with a pair of neighborhood battles, as the Coalers – who went 5-5 under Lenny Onsen last year – visit Reed-Custer on Aug. 29 and host Wilmington on Sept. 5. The Coalers start Interstate Eight Large play at Peotone on Sept. 12 before conference games at Plano on Sept, 19, at Sandwich on Sept. 26 at home against Streator on Oct. 3 and at Manteno on Oct. 10. Coal City finishes with nonconference games against Lisle on Sept. 17 and at home against Seneca on Oct. 24. The Streator game starts at 7, with Peotone and Lisle starting at 7:15 p.m. and the rest at 7:30 p.m..
Seneca, which went 9-3 under Ted O’Boyle, opens with road game against Dwight on Aug. 29 before hosting Nokomis in the area’s only scheduled Saturday game on Sept. 6 at 2 p.m. The Fighting Irish start Interstate Eight Small play at Reed-Custer on Sept. 12 before hosting Herscher on Sept. 19 and visiting Lisle on Sept. 26. Seneca concludes conference play with home games against Westmont on Oct. 3 and Wilmington on Oct. 10 before hosting Plano on Oct. 17 and visiting Coal City on Oct. 24 to end the regular season. All Friday games are scheduled for 7:30 p.m., except for Lisle, which is at 7:15 p.m..