It may seem a little warm out to be talking football, but the Fort Meade Miners are back on the practice field this month for their spring practices.
As part of the May activities, the team will host its annual Black and Gold scrimmage at Emory Lamb Stadium on Friday, May 16.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m., and fans won’t even have to worry about rushing home to get dinner that night before heading to the field. For $7, which includes admission to the game, fans will get a barbecue chicken dinner which will include a quarter chicken, two sides, a roll, dessert and a drink.
In this year’s annual spring game, Fort Meade will travel to Kathleen on Friday, May 23, for a 7 p.m. kickoff.
The Miners, who for the first time in 14 years missed the football playoffs last year, will be looking to replace a talented senior class that included quarterback and safety Jay Smith and receiver Tobias Culpepper among others.
Fort Meade will play its pre-season Jamboree game on Aug. 22 at Lake Region before opening the regular season with a road date Aug. 29 at Mulberry. The home opener comes a week later, Sept. 5, against Hardee.
In a change from the previous few seasons, Polk County school officials announced earlier this spring that the starting time for high school games this fall will be moved back from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Other schedule highlights for Fort Meade this fall will include a Sept. 26 date at Bartow, and a home district contest against rival Frostproof on Oct. 24. They will visit Lakeland Christian in the district finale on Oct. 31.