Believe it or not, we’re not that far from the start of a new school year. With New Franklin’s state baseball run, this is going to feel like a short summer for me.
With that in mind, I guess it’s not too soon to start thinking about football, especially since fall practice starts in less than one month. Just to get you a head start on the fall season, here is a quick look at Fayette’s football schedule. Other than flip-flopping home and away games, there’s one minor change in Week 2 compared to last year’s schedule.
2014 Fayette football schedule
- Aug. 22: vs. Hallsville 7 p.m.
- Aug. 29: vs. Harrisburg 7 p.m.
- Sept. 5: @ Knox County 7 p.m.
- Sept. 12: vs. Cole Camp 7 p.m.
- Sept. 19: vs. Slater 7 p.m. (Homecoming)
- Sept. 26: @ Paris 7 p.m.
- Oct. 3: vs. Marceline 7 p.m.
- Oct. 10: @ Salisbury 7 p.m.
- Oct. 17: @ Westran 7 p.m.
Fayette will have a preseason jamboree at Central Methodist University on Aug. 15. If you’ll note, the season starts a week earlier than usual. This is to allow teams to have a full week between playoff games in November, rather than only five days.
The new team to Fayette’s schedule this year is Harrisburg, replacing North Shelby. Harrisburg begins its first full varsity season this fall and will play the next two seasons as an independent before joining the Lewis & Clark Conference for the 2016-17 school year.
Here is a look at Harrisburg’s first varsity schedule.
2014 Harrisburg football schedule
- Aug. 22: vs. Tolton 7 p.m.
- Aug. 29: @ Fayette 7 p.m.
- Sept. 5: @ Putnam County 7 p.m.
- Sept. 12: vs. Tipton 7 p.m.
- Sept. 19: vs. Barat Academy 7 p.m. (Homecoming)
- Sept. 27: @ Mexico Military Academy 2:30 p.m.
- Oct. 3: vs. Knox County 7 p.m.
- Oct. 10: @ Lincoln 7 p.m.
- Oct. 17: vs. South Shelby 7 p.m.
Harrisburg will also play in the Central Methodist University jamboree on Aug. 15 and has been assigned — along with Fayette — to Class 1 District 6. Also in that district are Marceline, Salisbury, Santa Fe, Slater, Sweet Springs and Westran.
And while I have your attention, I’ll go ahead and post the Fayette softball schedule as well. There are a few major changes to it this fall.
2014 Fayette softball schedule
- Aug. 23: @ Marshall Tournament, TBA
- Aug. 25: @ La Plata, 5 p.m.
- Aug. 28: @ Sturgeon, 5 p.m.
- Sept. 1: vs. Carrollton, 5 p.m.
- Sept. 2: vs. Jamestown, 5 p.m.
- Sept. 4: vs. Higbee, 5 p.m.
- Sept. 8: @ Brunswick, 5 p.m.
- Sept. 9: vs. Salisbury, 5 p.m.
- Sept. 11: vs. New Franklin, 4 p.m.
- Sept. 15: @ Westran, 5 p.m.
- Sept. 16: vs. South Callaway, 5 p.m.
- Sept. 18: @ Paris, 5 p.m.
- Sept. 20: Fayette Tournament, TBA
- Sept. 22: @ Prairie Home, 5 p.m.
- Sept. 23: vs. Marceline, 5 p.m.
- Sept. 29: @ Harrisburg, 5 p.m.
- Sept. 30: vs. Slater, 5 p.m.
- Oct. 2: @ Keytesville, 5 p.m.
- Oct. 6: @ Madison, 5 p.m.
- Oct. 7: vs. Glasgow, 5 p.m.
The more notable changes this season are 1) Fayette dropped the Prairie Home Tournament and picked up the Marshall Tournament, which will mark the official start of the 2014 season on Aug. 23. Also, because a few teams that Fayette has scheduled in the past have switched to spring softball (i.e. Bunceton and Tipton), Fayette picked up games against La Plata and Jamestown. Should more teams switch to spring softball in the future, expect more shakeups in Fayette’s schedule down the line.