Yes, the high school football season starts tomorrow the Carterville Lions!
The Lions will host the Anna-Jonesboro Wildcats in IHSA/SIRR Conference football action on Saturday afternoon starting at 1:00 PM.
Coach Brett Dial look to run wild this season, as he wants to utilize his teams speed to get the ball out into the open field and run through the defense.
The last time this team played all the way back in October of 2019, they finished the season with a 3-6 record. This is a much better team than they were then.
Eli Downen will lead the offense again at QB. The Lions speed will be on the outside with the receivers. Ben Haake, Bryce Anderson and Townsend Barton along with Lance Thomas at tight end will look to catch and run all game long. In the backfield, Preston Sumner will see most the action at running back.
I had a chance to talk to Coach Dial tonight about the the matchup against Coach Brett Detering and the Wildcats.
The schedule is abbreviated this season due to the pandemic, however here is the 2021 football schedule. Please note that the first two games will be played on Saturday afternoons.
3/20 - vs. Anna-Jonesboro
3/27 - vs. Nashville
4/2 - @ Sparta
4/9 - Open Date (Pinckneyville cancelled football)
4/16 - @ Herrin
4/23 - @ Du Quoin
I will have the play-by-play on NewsRadio WJPF (AM1340/FM 99.5) and on our Youtube livestream starting with the pregame show at 12:45. Kickoff is slated for 1:00 PM. You can watch the livestream here:
Here are the rosters for both teams.