The 2014 High School football season will kick off Friday, Aug. 22, with each of the five area teams opening with nonconference games at 7 p.m.
Rosholt High School will host Amherst High School in a matchup of two playoff teams from a year ago, while seventh-ranked Almond-Bancroft travels to face ninth-ranked Fall River in a showdown of potential WIAA Division 7 contenders.
Stevens Point Area Senior High School (SPASH) will open at former Wisconsin Valley Conference (WVC) rival D.C. Everest, while Pacelli High School is set to host Menasha St. Mary Central at Community Stadium at Goerke Field.
For the fifth time in the last six years, Amherst, the second-ranked team in Division 5 in the WisSports.net Spring Rankings, will open its season against Rosholt, the 12th-ranked team in Division 6.
“We’re excited,” said Amherst football head coach Mark Lusic. “You’re back for two weeks and you have a scrimmage, but it’s still just a scrimmage, and now it’s finally a game week.
“You’re only preparing for one team, and now all of our focus is on Rosholt,” said Lusic.
“The kids are ready, they’re fired up,” said Rosholt football head coach Adam Spindler. “They’ve had enough of hitting each other, they want to hit somebody else for once.
“And it’s nice to open up at home,” said Spindler. “We just got a brand new scoreboard this year that the youth program purchased, so they’re doing a little dedication for that before the game.”