CHINLE, Ariz. - The Chinle Wildcats will open their 2014 football season on the road at Whiteriver against the Alchesay Falcons Aug. 28.
The Wildcats defeated the Falcons 40-28 last season but unfortunately it was the only win they managed and was followed by nine losses.
The Wildcats have another tough schedule this season but are hoping for improvement. Several of the losses last year were in close games that could probably have gone the other way with a break or two.
The Wildcats will remain on the road Sept. 5 when they journey to St. Johns to meet the always tough St. Johns Redskins. St. Johns defeated the Wildcats 54-14 last season.
The first home game for the Wildcats will be Sept. 12 but unfortunately, their opponent will be the Blue Ridge Yellowjackets, probably the smallest school with the most successful football program in the state. Blue Ridge easily defeated Chinle 50-0 last year.
Things may get a little easier for the Wildcats Sept. 19 when the Ganado Hornets come to town. The Hornets defeated Chinle 34-28 last season at Ganado and this year's game should be very competitive and could go either way.
A tough road trip to Eagar Sept. 26 brings the Wildcats to Round Valley. The Elks pounded Chinle 70-0 last season and the team is usually a formidable opponent.
A trip to Apache Junction Oct. 4 could be interesting. The Wildcats will meet the Apache Junction Prospectors. Last year the Prospectors defeated Chinle 48-28, a game in which both teams scored at least four touchdowns.
The Window Rock Fighting Scouts will come to Chinle Oct. 10. Window Rock won a close 20-6 game last year. This is another game that could probably go either way and the home field advantage may make the difference for Chinle this time.
The Wildcats will go to Page Oct. 17 to meet the Page Sand Devils. The Sand Devils defeated Chinle 33-13 last year in a relatively close game and this one should be competitive as well.
The Winslow Bulldogs will come to Chinle Oct. 24. The Bulldogs shutout the Wildcats 50-0 last season and will be a formidable opponent again this season.
The last game of the regular season for the Wildcats takes place Oct. 31 at Kayenta against the Monument Valley Mustangs. The Mustangs defeated Chinle 41-19 last season.