Opening day is more than seven months away, but football fans can begin planning their Friday nights this fall, as the 2013 schedules are fixed for both Oneida and Scott High.
The first schedule compiled by Oneida coach Tony Lambert since his return to OHS looks very similar to the last schedule he compiled as head coach in 2008.
Rockwood, Hampton, Watertown and Greenback are the non-district games on the Indians schedule in 2013. Each of those teams was also on the 2008 schedule, when Oneida compiled a 10-0 regular season record en route to the Class A state semifinals. Greenback was a region opponent that year, however.
The layout of the District 4-A schedule is unchanged, meaning Oneida will play all of its non-district games in the first half of the season.
On Aug. 23, Oneida will open the season at Rockwood, returning home to face Hampton on Aug. 30 and Wartburg on Sept. 6. The Indians will travel to Watertown on Sept. 13 and host Greenback on Sept. 19 in a highly-publicized game before a mid-season open date the week of Sept. 27.
District play begins in earnest when the Indians return from break on Oct. 4 with a trip to Oakdale. Oliver Springs will visit Dr. M.E. Thompson Field on Oct. 11, and Sunbright will be the final home game on Oct. 25 between road trips to Coalfield on Oct. 18 and Jellico on Nov. 1.
“We’re looking forward to playing an outstanding bunch of football teams in 2013,” Lambert said. “We know it won’t be easy, but it never is at this level. We’re going to line up and try our best to represent ourselves well, represent this school well and represent this community well.”
Because the schedules are automatically fixed for two years, Oneida will likely face the same non-district teams in 2014.
Scott High’s 2013 schedule, meanwhile, will include some relatively unfamiliar teams. The Highlanders will play non-district games against McCreary County, Ky., Cumberland County, Wartburg, Union County, Claiborne and Cumberland Gap.
Cumberland Gap and Claiborne are the only non-district teams on the schedule from 2012.
Next season will mark Scott’s fifth game against McCreary Central, but the first since 1994. The Highlanders won their first four games against the Raiders.
The game against Cumberland County will mark the first time Scott has ever faced the Jets, while the game against Union County will be Scott’s first against the Patriots since 1998. The Highlanders won games against Union County in 1997 and 1998 by identical 40-0 scores.
The Highlanders have faced Wartburg numerous times over the years, the most recent being a 47-14 win in 2008.
Scott will open the season in Stearns, Ky., on Aug. 23 and will play its first home game against Cumberland County on Aug. 30. Kingston will visit on Sept. 6.
The Highlanders will then play three consecutive games away from home, beginning with a trip to Wartburg on Sept. 13, followed by visits to CAK on Sept. 20 and Union County on Sept. 27.
Alcoa will visit Highlander Field on Oct. 4, with Claiborne visiting the following week (Oct. 11).
Scott will travel to District 4-AA newcomer Catholic on Oct. 18, and close out the regular season at home against Cumberland Gap on Oct. 25.
“We are very excited about our upcoming schedule,” Scott coach Keith Shannon said. “Big changes came to our district this year with Stone and Loudon leaving and Catholic coming in. These changes were disappointing as they ended up costing our program the opportunity to continue two rivalries our school has enjoyed over the years with Stone and Loudon, [but] our players and coaches are looking forward to the challenge of new opponents.
“We know the competition is great and we are excited to play against some of the best programs in Tennessee.”