The New London football team is coming into the 2020 season having made the playoffs in each of the past three years and have one state championship to show for it. The Tigers followed their 2018 state championship with another trip to the postseason last year.
This year after redistricting, New London is in Class 8-Player District 4, one of nine teams in the district.
New London opens the season at home against Brooklyn-Guernsey-Malcom (B-G-M), a team that went 8-2 in Class A last season.
“They have been a good team for the past few years, and just missed making playoffs last year,” New London coach Mark McSorley says. “We are excited to get a chance to test ourselves right out of the gate, and looking forward to a tough game with them.”
BGM will also be New London’s only non-district game. The Tigers will play their first two district games on the road, taking on English Valleys in Week 2 and Moravia in Week 3.
Four out of the next six games will be at home. New London will host WACO and Montezuma in Weeks 4 and 5. Coach McSorley says Montezuma should be one of the toughest teams on the schedule.
“It was a dog fight with them last year,” says McSorley. “They return their quarterback and a couple receivers who were able to exploit our defense last year, We will have to be better in that aspect of the game this year when we play them.”
New London will play Lone Tree on the road in Week 6 before returning home for games against Winfield-Mt. Union and Tri-County. They’ll end the year at Twin Cedars, a new team into the district.
“I am kind of disappointed, with all the district re-alignment, that we lost two good teams, H-L-V (Hartwick-Victor-Ladora) and Iowa Valley. They both moved to a new district,” McSorley says. “We kind of developed a friendly rivalry with Iowa Valley and will miss that game, but with playing W-MU and WACO, who are so close to us, rivalries aren’t hard to come by.”
The Tigers will begin the 2020 in early August, assuming games are not postponed or cancelled to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Listed below is the full New London football schedule for 2020, with home games in bold and district games marked with an asterisk.
Aug. 28 vs. B-G-M
Sept. 4 at English Valleys*
Sept. 11 at Moravia*
Sept. 18 vs. WACO*
Sept. 28 vs. Montezuma*
Oct. 2 at Lone Tree*
Oct. 9 vs. W-MU*
Oct. 16 vs. Tri-County*
Oct. 23 at Twin Cedars*