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Last week, the 2020 high school football schedule was released.
Aug. 28 – vs Albia
Sept. 4 – at NV
Sept. 11 – at Atlantic
Sept. 18 – at Panorama
Sept. 25 – at Pville
Oct. 2 – vs Colfax-Mingo
Oct. 9 – vs Pella Christian
Oct. 16 – at I-35
Oct. 23 – at CD
The Mount Ayr Raiders will play four home games and five road games this upcoming season, starting with a home contest against Albia, beginning August 28.
The Raiders will take to the road September 4 for the Battle of the Rock against Nodaway Valley and then take a long trip to Atlantic to face the Trojans.
The Raiders will host the Panorma Panthers on September 18 before a road game against the Pleasantville Trojans on September 25.
The Raiders will begin October with homecoming on October 2 against Colfax-Mingo and then host Pella Christian October 9 for senior night.
Mount Ayr will finish their season with two road games, first Interstate 35 on October 16 followed by a short trip to Leon to face the Central Decatur Cardinals to end the regular season October 23.
The teams facing Mount Ayr in 2020 have a combined record of 34-42, with two teams above .500, Panorama (8-2) and Interstate 35 (5-4).
The Raiders finished last season 7-3, losing to Panorma, Van Meter and South Central Calhoun.
The 2020 schedule features four teams the Raiders faced last year in Nodaway Valley, Interstate 35, Panorama and Central Decatur, leaving five “new” faces for Mount Ayr.
The Raiders will also have a different look coming into 2020 after both co-head coaches, Derek Lambert and Delwyn Showalter turned in their resignations, however, if the Mount Ayr School board cannot find a suitable replacement, Lambert will be under contract to coach the Raiders for one more year.
As far as enrollment goes, Mount Ayr sits at 174 sitting them comfortable in Class 1A, a good stretch from their 2A opponents, Albia and Atlantic who have 288 and 323, respectively.
In 1A, the Raiders are behind Panorama (212), Pella Christian (183) and Interstate-35 (179).
Central Decatur sits at 170, while Pleasantville and Colfax-Mingo both have 167 enrolled.
Nodaway Valley, the lone class A opponent, sits at 147 students enrolled.