The Midlothian Panthers will play one Thursday night road varsity game this fall and will begin district action on Friday, Sept. 25 at MISD Multipurpose Stadium against Birdville, the football team has announced.

The schedule has a definite new look for MHS, as Burleson Centennial is the only holdover from 2019. Wichita Falls Rider, Birdville, Colleyville Heritage and Richland are all first-time gridiron opponents for the Panthers. The Panthers also last faced Forney in 1977 and Fort Worth Brewer in 2007, according to lonestarfootball.net. However, rivalries against Red Oak and two Mansfield schools will be renewed after a short hiatus.

The Panthers have a total of six home games scheduled for 2020, including the season opener on Friday, Aug. 28 against the Brewer Bears. The following Thursday, Sept. 3, the Panthers will travel to Forney’s City Bank Stadium to take on the Jackrabbits.

MHS will host Wichita Falls Rider on Sept. 11, then will take a week off to prepare for the start of District 4-5A (I) play. The Panthers’ district opener will be Sept. 25 at MISD Multipurpose Stadium against Birdville.

The Panthers will travel to Colleyville Heritage and Burleson Centennial the following two Fridays before returning home on Oct. 16 for a showdown with the rival Red Oak Hawks.

Following a road trip to Mansfield Legacy on Oct. 23, MHS will close out the regular season with home games against Mansfield Summit and Richland.

All kickoffs are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. except for the Thursday game at Forney, which will kick off at 7 p.m.

A preseason scrimmage opponent has not been announced yet.

The Panthers are coming off a 7-4 season in which the team made the playoffs for the second year in a row, falling to South Oak Cliff in the bi-district round.

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2020 Football Schedule

Friday, Aug. 28: FW Brewer at Midlothian

Thursday, Sept. 3: Midlothian at Forney

Friday, Sept. 11: WF Rider at Midlothian

Friday, Sept. 18: (No game scheduled)

Friday, Sept. 25: Birdville at Midlothian*

Friday, Oct. 2: Midlothian at Coll. Heritage*

Friday, Oct. 9: Midlothian at Burl. Centennial*

Friday, Oct. 16: Red Oak at Midlothian*

Friday, Oct. 23: Midlothian at Mans. Legacy*

Friday, Oct. 30: Mans. Summit at Midlothian*

Friday, Nov. 6: Richland at Midlothian*