The Scottsboro football team will have to wait awhile to wear its home black jerseys during the 2019 season.
The Wildcats open the season with back-to-back road games at TopCat rival Fort Payne on Aug. 30 and Class 5A Region 8 foe Ardmore Sept. 6 —Scottsboro also plays a preseason jamboree at Sylvania on Aug. 23 — before finally playing its home opener Sept. 13 against Guntersville.
Scottsboro head coach Don Jacobs said his team needs to bring momentum home with it from its road trip start.
“You’d like to get started on the right foot at Sylvania and then build momentum against Fort Payne coming into the region game against Ardmore and when we come home against Guntersville,” Jacobs said. “You want to be able to go on the road and feel good about your (performance).”
Counting the jamboree, four of Scottsboro’s first five games are on the road. After the home opener, the Wildcats travel to East Limestone to end the first half of region play on Sept. 20. Scottsboro then plays four of its final six regular-season games at Trammell Stadium, welcoming North Jackson Sept. 27 and region foes Arab Oct. 11 and Brewer Oct. 25 before hosting 6A Hartselle Nov. 1 in the regular-season finale. The Arab game is also Scottsboro High School’s Homecoming Game.
The back half of the Wildcats’ schedule also includes road games at Madison County and Madison Academy.
Jacobs said the Wildcats need to take advantage of their home games late in the season.
“There’s a saying people remember what you do in October,” Jacobs said. “Hopefully along the way we’re going to fit in that playoff hunt and make the playoffs and do something with (those home games).”