Saturday, July 6, 2019

Get to Know the Schedule; 2019 Redbird Football

FILE PHOTO / CHRISTOPHER LEE
Metamora, Ill. - The Redbirds are coming off a first round exit in the playoffs, but with that in the rear view mirror, it's time to look ahead to the fast approaching 2019 season, given that as of writing this piece, it's only 55 days until kickoff! Be looking out for plenty more content as the season gets closer!

2019 Home Opponents: Champaign Central, East Peoria, Dunlap (Homecoming), Pekin (Senior Night)
2019 Road Opponents: Rock Island, Limestone, Morton, Washington, Canton

Full 2019 Schedule:
Friday, August 30th - vs. Champaign Central - 7:30 pm
Friday, September 6th - @ Rock Island - 7:30 pm
Friday, September 13th - vs. East Peoria - 7:30 pm
Friday, September 20th - @ Limestone - 7:30 pm
Friday, September 27th - vs. Dunlap - 7:30 pm (Homecoming Game)
Friday, October 4th - @ Morton - 7:30 pm
Friday, October 11th - vs. Pekin - 7:30 pm (Senior Night)
Friday, October 18th - @ Washington - 7:30 pm
Friday, October 25th - @ Canton - 7:30 pm

METAMORA REDBIRDS
2018 Record - 8 wins, 2 losses
2018 Playoffs - L in 1st Round vs. Joliet Catholic (20-49)
Head Coach - Pat Ryan (30th Season; 264 wins, 71 losses)

Get to Know Champaign Central:
2018 Record - 6 wins, 4 losses
2018 Playoffs - L in 1st Round vs. Carbondale (28-31)
Head Coach - Tim Turner (2nd Season; 6 wins, 4 losses)
Last Meeting - Week 1 2018 - Redbirds won, 21-7
Conference - Big 12

Get to Know Rock Island:
2018 Record - 5 wins, 5 losses
2018 Playoffs - L in 1st Round vs. Oak Lawn Richards (0-49)
Head Coach - Ben Hammer (3rd Season; 9 wins, 10 losses)
Last Meeting - Week 2 2018 - Redbirds won, 42-14
Conference - Western Big Six

Get to Know East Peoria
2018 Record - 1 win, 8 losses
2018 Playoffs - Did Not Qualify
Head Coach - Erik Black (3rd Season; 3 wins, 15 losses)
Last Meeting - Week 3 2018 - Redbirds won, 49-0

Get to Know Limestone
2018 Record - 2 wins, 7 losses
2018 Playoffs - Did Not Qualify
Head Coach - Darin Driscoll (8th Season; 24 wins, 42 losses)
Last Meeting - Week 4 2018 - Redbirds won, 56-7

Get to Know Dunlap
2018 Record - 7 wins, 3 losses
2018 Playoffs - L in 1st Round vs. Yorkville (21-28)
Head Coach - Brett Cazalet (11th Season; 60 wins, 41 losses)
Last Meeting - Week 5 2018 - Redbirds won, 35-14

Get to Know Morton
2018 Record - 6 wins, 4 losses
2018 Playoffs - L in 1st Round vs. Decatur MacArthur (20-41)
Head Coach - Tim Brilley (4th Season; 16 wins, 14 losses)
Last Meeting - Week 6 2018 - Redbirds won, 56-42

Get to Know Pekin
2018 Record - 4 wins, 5 losses
2018 Playoffs - Did Not Qualify
Head Coach - Doug Nutter (11th Season; 46 wins, 50 losses)
Last Meeting - Week 7 2018 - Redbirds won, 49-21

Get to Know Washington
2018 Record - 11 wins, 1 loss
2018 Playoffs - L in 6A Quarterfinal vs. Crete-Monee (28-35)
Head Coach - Darrell Crouch (15th Season; 119 wins, 40 losses)
Last Meeting - Week 8 2018 - Redbirds lost, 30-15

Get to Know Canton
2018 Record - 1 win, 8 losses
2018 Playoffs - Did Not Qualify
Head Coach - Cody Myers (3rd Season; 6 wins, 12 losses)
Last Meeting - Week 9 2018 - Redbirds won, 47-6

Other Notes:
- It's never too early to start planning for any game. For Week 8, Washington's Babcook Field has undergone renovations over the offseason. A new press box has been added on the side opposite the old one. This side will now serve as the home bleachers. Metamora fans will ideally park either in the 'basketball main lot' or the usual lot and walk around. No changes to the field otherwise.
- Metamora was eliminated by Joliet Catholic in the first round of last season's playoffs, and the Hilltoppers would go on to defeat Lombard Montini in the 5A Championship game, 35-27.
- As is the usual, the State Finals sites alternate, so this year's State Title games will be taking place at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb, Illinois, the home of the Northern Illinois Huskies. Games are Friday, November 29th, and Saturday, November 30th.

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