MARBLE FALLS — The Marble Falls and Burnet high school football teams have released their schedules for the 2016 season.
While each squad knew its district opponents after the University Interscholastic League announced realignment Feb. 1, the game order and the date, site and time of each contest still had to be worked out.
Both teams will open the season at home Aug. 26 with Marble Falls welcoming Bastrop Cedar Creek to Mustang Stadium, 2101 Mustang Drive, and Burnet hosting Austin Reagan at Bulldog Field, 1000 The Green Mile. The matchups kick off at 7:30 p.m.
Then the two meet in Burnet on Sept 2. The Bulldogs have won the past two meetings, including last year’s 30-15 victory, and hold a 50-40-9 advantage in the series.
The two teams have one common opponent.
Marble Falls will travel to face Austin Crocket in a Thursday night matchup at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 8. Then, the Cougars drive to Burnet on Sept. 16 as the Bulldogs’ homecoming opponent.
The Bulldogs hit the road to play the Yellow Jackets in a non-district contest at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 23 at Llano Stadium, 400 Texas 71 East.
The Mustangs open District 26-5A play at home against San Antonio Alamo Heights on Sept. 16.
The Bulldogs, after taking a bye Sept. 30, travel to China Spring on Oct. 7 in their District 13-4A Division I opener. This district was named the toughest in the state by several football sources because it includes Gatesville, Liberty Hill, Lampasas and defending Class 4A Division state champion Waco La Vega.
Burnet head coach Kurt Jones said he was happy to be able to schedule opponents that are within a 30-minute drive of the city, noting that many longtime residents enjoy facing those teams.
“It’s a chance to have our four community rivalries with Marble Falls, Lampasas, Llano and Liberty Hill,” he said. “That’s good for our community.”
As for the district itself, Jones said very little changed for the Bulldogs.
“It’ll be a competitive district for sure, but we’re used to it,” he said on Feb. 1.
Marble Falls ends the season in a road date at Dripping Springs on Nov. 4
The Mustangs waited until March 2 to release their schedule because Lockhart and Castroville Medina Valley appealed to the UIL to be realigned into District 25-5A. Those appeals were denied by the Executive Committee on Feb. 18.
“Looking at our district, it’s a very competitive district,” head coach Matt Green said. “Anytime you play a new opponent, you’re always going to have a different perspective.”
Fans can get their first look at the Mustangs during spring practices that open in late April or early May. Because Marble Falls will conduct spring practices, players and coaches will begin training camp Aug. 8.
Burnet will host its May 7-on-7 League. One program that has committed to playing is Llano. Coaches are still working out what day and time and waiting for other programs to get back to them to finalize the league. In the past, the Bulldogs and Yellow Jackets have had two other programs play to ensure each team gets three games per week at the high school practice fields, located near Bulldog Field.
Training camps for Burnet and Llano will start Aug. 1.