When the 2020 Iowa High School football schedule was originally released in late March, the three local big school teams were set up for full schedules. Fairfield, Mt. Pleasant and Washington each had a full slate of four non-district games from Aug. 28 to Sept. 18, and five non-district games to close out the season.
Four months later, however, the coronavirus pandemic was still disrupting the sports world, so the Iowa High School Athletic Association had to make a change. The schedule was bumped down to seven weeks, and that forced every school to do some scrambling.
The Trojans, Panthers and Demons will all be playing condensed schedules in 2020. While the teams will still play all district teams once, the three schools will have disrupted non-district schedules and a bunch of games that sit on different days than originally scheduled.
With the 2020 regular season now ending on October 9, instead of October 23, all three schools had to take late district games and push them forward, eliminating some district games in the process. The schedule was pushed up to acomadate for a new rule, which expands the playoffs to all teams instead of just 16 per class.
As the schedules stand now, Fairfield, Mt. Pleasant and Washington each have six dates that will host different opponents than originally planned, counting two scrimmages that were added to the Fairfield and Washington schedules. With all district games being moved up, none of the original district dates look like they did in March.
Fairfield was originally set to have four home games this season and nine road games. The Trojans will still host four games, but one will be a Week 0 scrimmage, and the number of Trojan road games is down to four.
Fairfield will open the year with a scrimmage against Pekin on Aug. 21. The Trojans keep their first two originally scheduled games against Knoxville and West Burlington-Notre Dame, but lose previously scheduled games at Ottumwa and against Centerville.
Mt. Pleasant’s schedule was the most jumbled by the new slate. The Panthers had been scheduled to play four home games and five road games but will now play just three home contests, and four games on the road.
The Panthers will still open the regular season up against Clear Creek-Amana on Aug. 28, but are no longer scheduled to play Pella, Oskaloosa or Marion. Mt. Pleasant will now travel to Tipton on Sept. 4 instead of Pella and the Oskaloosa and Marion games were squeezed out.
Much like the other two big schools, Washington had its final two non-district games squeezed out. The Demons will no longer play at Western Dubuque and won’t host Davenport Assumption. They have added a scrimmage game on Aug. 21 at Muscatine.
The Demons were set to play five home games this season and four road games. They will now play just four home games, and four on the road, with one of those being the beginning-of-the-year scrimmage.
Listed below are the updated schedules for the three big schools.
* = different team scheduled on that date. ^ = new team on schedule
Aug 21 vs. Pekin (Scrimmage)*^
Aug. 28 vs. Knoxville
Sept. 4 at West Burlington-Notre Dame
Sept. 11 vs Mt. Pleasant*
Sept. 18 at Burlington*
Sept. 25 at Washington*
Oct. 2 vs. Keokuk*
Oct. 9 at Fort Madison*
(Games lost: at Ottumwa, vs. Centerville)
Aug. 28 vs. Clear Creek-Amana
Sept. 4 at Tipton*^
Sept. 11 at Fairfield*
Sept. 18 vs. Washington*
Sept. 25 at Keokuk*
Oct. 2 at Fort Madison*
Oct. 9 vs. Burlington*
(Games lost: at Pella, vs. Oskaloosa, at Marion)
Aug. 21 at Muscatine (Scrimmage)*^
Aug. 28 vs. Marion
Sept. 4 at Solon
Sept. 11 vs. Fort Madison*
Sept. 18 at Mt. Pleasant*
Sept. 25 vs. Fairfield*
Oct. 2 vs. Burlington*
Oct. 9 at Keokuk*
(Games lost: At Western Dubuque, vs. Davenport Assumption)