Roughriders hit the practice field for first time in 2020 season

First scrimmage set for Aug. 20 against Hemphill

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Football was the name of the game on Monday as dozens of Center High School Roughrider athletes suited for the first day of practice as the 2020 season kicked off.

Center ISD Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Scott Ponder and his coaching staff took to the field at Roughrider Stadium for the first time since new artificial turf was installed.

Agility drills, running, passing, punting, intercepting and hitting were all on the schedule for Monday's first day of practice. The Roughriders have just more than two weeks before their first scrimmage when Center hosts Hemphill on Thursday, Aug. 20 for varsity and JV action.

The team's first regular season game is Aug. 28 when the Riders travel to Tatum for a non-district contest. The squad travels to Jefferson on Sept. 4 to take on the Bulldogs before Center hosts its first home game on Sept. 11 against Gladewater.

Homecoming for the Roughriders is coming a little earlier than has traditionally been the case as they host Tyler Chapel Hill on Sept. 18. Center hosts Van the following week on Sept. 25 in the Roughriders' final non-district warmup.

The Roughriders have a bye week on Oct. 2 before opening District 10-AAAA D-II play on Oct. 9 in Carthage.

District action continues with Shepherd at home, Oct. 16; Madisonville there on Oct. 23; Jasper on the road on Oct. 30; and the final home game and senior night against Rusk on Nov. 6.

Ponder released the following schedule for Roughrider football practices:


Week of August 3rd       8am-11am

Week of August 10th     8am-11am

Week of August 17th     3pm-6pm


9th Graders

Week of August 3rd       8am-10am

Week of August 10th     8am-10am

Week of August 17th     3pm-5pm

7 am Report when school starts *** Mon Aug 24th is the first day of school & we will practice

8th Graders

*Tue Aug 25th is the first day of practice

We will be finished by 4:15pm each day

7th Graders

*Tue Aug 25th is the first day of practice

7am Report when school starts



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