Nocona’s football slate certainly has challenges

By ERIC VICCARO
bnewssports@sbcglobal.net

Editor’s Note: This is the start of a five-part series on high school football schedules, beginning with Nocona. All other football teams will have stories on their 2014 season slate.

Every two years, the University Interscholastic League realigns districts in the sport of football.
This time around, the process certainly didn’t do any favors for Nocona High School as the Indians were placed in an eight-team district.
“We didn’t get a good draw,” Nocona head coach Brad Keck acknowledged. “They added two more teams to what was a six-team district. It’s going to be a whole lot tougher.”
Nocona will play as a member of Conference 3A Division II District 2. The district features a near murderer’s row with the likes of Cisco, Eastland, Henrietta and City View (Wichita Falls). Cisco, Eastland and Millsap are new district foes.
Jacksboro and Holliday also comprise this formidable district.
Keep in mind, all former Conference 2A schools are now 3A, as designated by the UIL.
The Indians lost non-district games with Archer City and Valley View. Keck said Nocona has played both towns for several years.
Nocona will open the regular season slate at Alvord on Aug. 29, and follow that up with another road game at Muenster on Sept. 5.
The home opener is set for Sept. 12 versus Ponder, and the district opener will also be the Indians’ homecoming against Henrietta.
Cisco is a defending state champion, defeating Refugio 56-36. The Loboes feature two preseason all-state players in offensive lineman Baily Edwards and defensive back Kotie Hoover. For more and a complete Nocona schedule, read the mid-week edition of The Bowie News.