Killeen Independent School District football fans will have an earlier day and earlier time to catch their favorite teams at Leo Buckley Stadium.
On Monday, the District 12-6A executive committee approved a revised football schedule in Belton that moved all of the Friday night games previously scheduled to be played at Hood Stadium to Thursday at Buckley Stadium.
“Everybody was willing to work together to change the games,” KISD director of athletics David Manley said.
All Thursday night games at Buckley will kick off at 7 p.m.
Last week, the Killeen ISD Board of Trustees voted 6-1 against approving the football schedule for 2014.
The trustees asked Manley to work on rescheduling the games that were tentatively scheduled to be played at Hood Stadium. The timing worked out since the District 12-6A executive committee was scheduled to meet to make final approval of the schedules.
A total of eight football games involving Killeen, Ellison, Harker Heights and Shoemaker were scheduled to be played at Hood Stadium this season.
In June, 2013, the KISD School Board approved (by a 4-3 vote) $360,000 to build two multi-use facilities, which will function as dressing rooms for Hood Stadium.
KISD began renting out the stadium in order to avoid having Thursday night games at Buckley Stadium.
One of the reasons why the games will start 30 minutes earlier than usual on Thursday is to help accommodate the visiting teams that still have to bus the teams, band and cheer squads back home on a school night.
“We’re playing a home game so our students are going to get home earlier because it is a home game,” Manley said.
“But it’s also out of consideration for the teams that are traveling here to play on Thursday night as well.”
The cost for renting Hood Stadium for nine games during the 2013 season was $39,852, according to Megan Bradley, chief financial officer for KISD.
The cost includes facilities rental, staff support (security, ushers and custodial), electric and water costs. But use of Hood Stadium drew criticism from fans last season.
Every KISD team has one non-district and one district game on a Thursday night, except for Shoemaker. The Grey Wolves have three Thursday night district games.
Shoemaker head coach Channon Hall said there is an advantage to having those games on a short week.
“It’s not going to be a problem for us,” Hall said. “It’ll be a little bit different, but it will also give us a chance to scout our opponent after that. It works in two ways, we may have to play early, but we get a good view of the next opponent on that Friday, so it evens out.”
Shoemaker will open district play on Sept. 25 against Belton and be the visiting team against Heights on Oct. 16. Shoemaker hosts Copperas Cove on Oct. 30.
Killeen will play the first Thursday night game of the season when it hosts Round Rock on Sept. 5. The Roos will have a bye before hosting Belton on Oct. 9.
Roos head coach Sam Jones said that the Thursday night games wouldn’t be an issue since the team will have a scrimmage and a nondistrict game to implement the offense and defense.
“That’s just the luck of the draw on that,” Jones said. “That could have been anybody’s schedule.”
Heights has a nondistrict contest on Sept. 11 against Waco University. The Knights’ other Thursday game will be on Oct. 16 when they are the home team against Shoemaker.
Ellison will play its final district tune-up on Sept. 18 against Pflugerville Connally and wrap up the regular season on Nov. 6 against Waco Midway.
2014 KISD FOOTBALL SCHEDULES
District 12-6A games in bold
- Aug. 22 Temple scrimmage
- Aug. 29 at Leander
- Sept. 4 Round Rock
- Sept. 12 at Leander Vandegrift
- Sept. 19 Manor
- Sept. 26 at Copperas Cove
- Oct. 3 OPEN
- Oct. 9 Belton
- Oct. 17 at Ellison
- Oct. 24 Waco Midway
- Oct. 31 at Harker Heights
- Nov. 7 Shoemaker
- Aug. 22 Round Rock scrimmage
- Aug. 30 vs. Eagle Pass (at Converse Judson)
- Sept. 5 at Bryan Rudder
- Sept. 12 RR McNeil
- Sept. 18 Pfl. Connally
- Sept. 26 at Harker Heights
- Oct. 3 Shoemaker
- Oct. 10 at Copperas Cove
- Oct. 17 Killeen
- Oct. 24 at Belton
- Oct. 31 OPEN
- Nov. 6 Waco Midway
- Aug. 22 New Braunfels scrimm.
- Aug. 30 at Waco
- Sept. 5 at RR Stony Point
- Sept. 11 Waco University
- Sept. 19 at Temple
- Sept. 26 Ellison
- Oct. 3 at Waco Midway
- Oct. 10 OPEN
- Oct. 16 Shoemaker
- Oct. 24 at Copperas Cove
- Oct. 31 Killeen
- Nov. 7 at Belton
- Aug. 22 Bryan scrimmage
- Aug. 29 Bryan Rudder
- Sept. 5 Manor
- Sept. 12 at RR Cedar Ridge
- Sept. 19 at New Braunfels Canyon
- Sept. 25 Belton
- Oct. 3 at Ellison
- Oct. 10 Waco Midway
- Oct. 16 at Harker Heights
- Oct. 24 OPEN
- Oct. 30 Copperas Cove
- Nov. 7 at Killeen