Friday, August 24, 2018

Metamora Football - Week 1 Preview (vs. Champaign Central)

Graphic Design / ALEX STAAB
Metamora, Ill. - The first football Friday of the year is here, and the Metamora Redbirds will be on the road, taking on the Maroons of Champaign Central. Here's everything you need to know.

Scheduled Kickoff Forecast (via AccuWeather):
69 degrees (feels like 67), 18% chance of rain, 10 mph winds to the SSE, 86% humidity

Get to Know the Opponent:
Full Name | Champaign Central Maroons
Head Coach | Tim Turner (1st Season; 0 wins, 0 losses)
Home Field | Tommy Stewart Field
2017 Record | 2 wins, 7 losses
Last Playoff Appearance | 2015; (11-2) record; L in State Semifinal vs. Lincoln Way West (42-14)

Important Info About Tommy Stewart Field:
- Address | Centennial High School | 913 Crescent Dr., Champaign, IL 61821
- Distance from MTHS | 89 miles; roughly 1 hour, 28 minutes
- Admission Prices | $4 for adults; $3 for students
- Week 1 vs. Metamora is the first game on the new artificial turf.
- Fans are not allowed to re-enter once they've paid to get into the game.
- Champaign Central administration says that there's "plenty of seating", adding that "visiting seating is almost as big as the home side".

Quotes from Metamora Head Coach Pat Ryan:
"Champaign Central's under a new guy, but a lot of enthusiasm. From what I understand, their numbers are a little bit better."

"Last week, when you're in that second week of your preseason and there's no game, in Illinois, there's no scrimmage situation. You just have to do it against yourselves for another whole week."

"Everyone looks forward to game week. Finally, it's here."

"Obviously, there's some anxiousness. There's always going to be some new faces that are playing in their first varsity game. You want to get them up to speed as fast as you can. That's where your veterans have to carry."

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Above is the full Week1 Schedule for all eight Mid-Illini teams, as well as the four Peoria schools.

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