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McKENZIE — Coach Michael Jasper and his staff welcomed the 2019 Wildcat Football team to campus Wednesday. One hundred and sixty plus players reported to camp as the Wildcats begin fall …
McKENZIE — Coach Michael Jasper and his staff welcomed the 2019 Wildcat Football team to campus Wednesday. One hundred and sixty plus players reported to camp as the Wildcats begin fall practice this week in preparation for their ten-game regular season schedule which includes five home games. The Wildcats play five home games and six road game this fall. The Wildcats will meet three teams for the first time in program history.
The Cats open the season on the road on Thursday, August 29 at FCS and first-time opponent Lamar University. Kick-off is slated for 7 p.m. in Beaumont, Texas.
Second-week action will find the Cats visiting Bluefield College in Bluefield, Virginia for a MSC affair at 5 p.m.
Bethel plays four of their first six games on the road.
Bethel’s first home game will be a conference game against Warner University on September 14 with kick-off slated for 1:30 p.m. at Wildcat Stadium. It will mark the first meeting ever between the two programs.
After an open week the Cats hit the road again traveling to West Point, Georgia to battle the Point University SkyHawks at 12:30 p.m. It will be the first meeting ever between the Cats and the Hawks.
Another Thursday night game awaits the Wildcats as they host MSC Bluegrass Divisional foe Lindsey Wilson on October 3. Kick-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Williamsburg, Kentucky will find the Wildcats in a MSC match-up against the Patriots of the University of the Cumberlands on October 12 with kick-off at 12:30 p.m.
The Wildcats jump back into MSC Divisional action hosting the Tigers of Georgetown on October 19. Kick-off at Wildcat Stadium will be at 1:30 p.m.
The Wildcats travel to Lebanon, Tennessee on October 26 to meet the Cumberland Phoenix. It will be the 30th meeting between the two programs. The Wildcats have met CU more than any other opponent in program history.
A second-time opponent will come calling on November 2 as the Thomas More Saints will tangle with the Cats in another Bluegrass Divisional showdown beginning at 1:30 p.m. It will be Homecoming for the Wildcats.
The Cats travel to the Eastern Mountains of Kentucky to play the always tough Bears of the University of Pikeville on November 9 at 5 p.m.
Campbellsville University and Bethel will close out the regular season with a Bluegrass match-up at Wildcat Stadium on November 16 at 1:30 p.m.
Coach Jasper expressed his thoughts about the schedule, “I am excited, the staff is excited, and the kids are excited. We get an amazing opportunity to drive down to Beaumont, Texas and play against Lamar. They’re an FCS team that, like us, had a big turnaround year last season. It will be a great challenge to get the season rolling. We jump right into conference play after that. Every week playing in the Mid-South Conference is tough, especially in the Bluegrass division. We have a bullseye on chest after last season, in order to repeat, we have to go through the front door now. It is going to be fun.”
The Wildcats are in the Bluegrass Division with Georgetown, Campbellsville, Kentucky Christian, Cincy Christian, Lindsey Wilson and Cumberland games being divisional affairs.
The opening game against Lamar marks the 448th game in Wildcat history. The program sports a 167-271-8 record.