By Kyle Ocker
The Daily Iowegian
CENTERVILLE — The Centerville Big Reds will open the football season at home against Chariton on Aug. 29.
Centerville received a reformatted scheduled for the upcoming season, along with a new grouping of district and non-district opponents following the Big Reds’ drop to Class 2-A beginning this coming football season.
Centerville keeps the historic matchups with Albia and Davis County, the Battle of Highway 5 and the Pennant Game, respectively.
However, those games will mean even more starting this season. Besides the historical significance, those games will now be district games with an impact in the standings that determine who qualifies for post-season play.
Following the opening week contest at home against Chariton, the Big Reds will travel to Knoxville for a non-district game against the Panthers on Sept. 5.
While football plays in districts, not conferences, the game is expected to provide a good kickoff to a South Central Conference rivalry in other sports, being that the Panthers will re-enter the SCC beginning this season.
Centerville will begin the district season on the road on Sept. 12 in week three against PCM, Monroe. Following that matchup, the Big Reds will host Clarke on Sept. 19.
The Battle of Highway 5 will coincide with Pancake Day weekend for 2014 and 2015. This season, Albia will host Centerville on Sept. 26.
This year’s homecoming game lands in week six, on Oct. 3 against North Polk.
The following homecoming, Centerville will hit the road to Ft. Madison for a non-district game on Oct. 10.
Centerville’s final home game will be on Oct. 17 against Davis County, for senior night. The Big Reds will close the season on the road to CMB, Baxter.
The Moravia Mohawks also received a schedule shakeup. They’ll play nine games instead of the 10 they played last season.
Moravia will lose East Union, HLV, Murray and Meskwaki from their schedule while they’ll gain English Valley, Harmony and Mormon Trail.
The Mohawks will open the season on Aug. 29 at home against Tri-County. That game will be followed by back-to-back road matchups on Sept. 5 and Sept. 12 against English Valley and Wayne, respectively.
On Sept. 19 and 26, Moravia will host home games against Lamoni and Harmony, respectively.
For the last four weeks of the regular season, Moravia will travel to Mormon Trail on Oct. 3, host Twin Cedars on Oct. 10, travel to Melcher-Dallas on Oct. 17 and host Seymour on Oct. 24.
The Seymour Warriors will lose Tri-County, Meskwaki and HLV from their schedule while they’ll pick up Grandview Christian School, Ankeny Christian Academy and Harmony.
Seymour will open the season at home against Grandview Christian School on Aug. 29. They’ll be on the road to Ankeny on Sept. 5, home against Mormon Trail on Sept. 12, at Twin Cedars on Sept. 19 and home against Melcher-Dallas on Sept. 26.
On Oct. 3 and 10 they’ll have road games against Harmony and Wayne, respectively. They’ll close the last two weeks of the regular season with a home game against Lamoni on Oct. 17 and a road game in Moravia on Oct. 24.
The Wayne Falcons, who went to the third round of playoffs last year, lost Meskwaki, Mormon Trail and HLV from their nine game schedule. Those teams are being replaced by Ankeny Christian, Harmony and Lamoni.
Wayne will open the season at home against Ankeny Christian Academy on Aug. 29. They’ll then travel to Murray on Sept. 5 before they host Moravia on Sept. 12.
On Sept. 19, Wayne will travel to Mormon Trail and then host Twin Cedars on Sept. 26. On Oct. 3, Wayne travels to Melcher-Dallas before hosting Seymour on Oct. 10. The Falcons end the season with back-to-back road games on Oct. 17 and 24 against Harmony and Lamoni, respectively.