MARSHALL COUNTY -- The football team will be donning the pads and cleats this month as they prepare to open their 2019 season at home against Ballard Memorial. The Marshals will have several new spots on the team this year as players vie for the positions left by the 13 seniors from last season.
Midnight Madness on July 9 will kick off the Marshals' football season with a team reveal of their new uniforms at 10 p.m. followed by a light practice at midnight under the lights.
The Marshals will take the field July 18 at Murray State University. The team will be competing in a 7 v 7 tournament and a lineman challenge.
The Marshals' 2019 regular season schedule will look different this year as Marshall County plays the familiar Ballard, Madisonville-North Hopkins, Murray, Calloway and Graves but adds neighboring McCracken County and other teams from across the state.
On Aug. 23 the Marshals will take the field at home against Ballard Memorial. Last season's match set the record of 122 points for the most points scored at Carroll Traylor Stadium. The Marshals took the Bombers in a 70-52 win.
Aug. 30 will be another home game for the Marshals. The Madisonville-North Hopkins Maroons will travel to Marshall County to challenge the Marshals to tip the wins of the 11-11 record the teams have against other.
The Marshals will travel to Murray Sept. 6 to face the Tigers. Following a loss last season at home to Murray, the Marshals will be ready for the rematch.
Marshall County took the Lakers in an overtime win last season. Both teams will be ready for the contest in Calloway County Sept. 13.
The Marshals are back at home to host McCracken County Sept. 20. The Marshals took on the newly consolidated Mustang team in 2013 and 2014 for losses. This will be a meeting of new players and new coaches.
Sept. 27, the Marshals will be at Daviess County for another fresh meeting between programs. Marshall County traveled to Daviess County in 2014 for Coach Evan Merrick's first year.
Marshall County is hosting Henderson County on Oct. 4. This is another school that the Marshals have not faced since their 2014 season.
Oct. 18 offers the opponent of one of two tough losses for the Marshals in 2018. Marshall County will host Apollo this year following a 50-7 loss in Owensboro last season.
The Harrison County Thoroughbreds is a new addition to the Marshals' schedule. They face off Oct. 25.
The Marshals will end the regular season at home against Graves County Nov. 1. The Marshals fell in a 40-17 game against the Eagles, who graduated eight players last year.