By: Steve LeMaster
STEARNS – Locally, high school football fans are anxious for the McCreary Central Raiders to kick off the 2017 season. McCreary Central has finalized and released its 2017 schedule.
The Raiders, following the conclusion of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Dead Period, opened preseason practice earlier in the month.
McCreary Central is slated to host Perry County Central in its season opener on August 18.
In addition to Perry County Central, McCreary Central is poised to entertain Clinton County (Sept. 1), South Laurel (Sept. 15), Bell County (Sept. 22) and Casey County (Oct. 6) for home games in the 2017 season.
The Raiders are scheduled to visit Lynn Camp (Aug. 25), Fort Knox (Sept. 8), Corbin (Sept. 29), Jackson County (Oct. 13) and Harlan (Oct. 27) for regular-season games during the upcoming season.
McCreary Central compiled a 7-3 overall record in 2016 while playing a non-district schedule. The much-improved Raiders put together a five-game winning streak in 2016.
McCreary Central, under the direction of head coach Lucas Ford, notched wins over Jenkins, Clinton County, Berea, Sheldon Clark, Pineville, Fort Knox and Thomas Walker (Va.) during the 2016 campaign. The Raiders, who were 2-2 through their first four games, suffered losses to Lynn Camp, Providence, Ind., and Harlan.
McCreary Central competes in Class 3A, District 8, which also includes Corbin (12-2), Casey County (10-2), Bell County (4-8) and Jackson County (2-9). Both Corbin and Bell County are former state champions.
Kickoff for each of McCreary Central’s regular-season games is set for 7:30 p.m.