>>Maroons Visit Villa Grove in Week 1
The high school football season is here.
It's a new era for Maroons football as the squad welcomed first year head coach Nick Blackburn earlier this year.
The Maroons, off a 4-5 season in 2016, visit Villa Grove to open the year.
Kickoff is tonight at 7 pm. Hear all the action on The Big 1520 AM/92.3 FM WHOW and online dewittdailynews.com.
Non-conference Central Illinois Conference action:
Shelbyville at Pawnee
Meridian at Argenta-Oreana
Decatur St. Teresa at Tri-Valley
Tuscola at Clifton Central
Central A & M at Arcola
Sullivan-Okaw Valley at South Fork
Warrensburg-Latham at Cerro Gordo-Bement
>>Monticello Opens At Olympia in New Conference
The Monticello Sages open the 2017 football season tonight at Olympia.
The Sages finished last year a win short of a state title appearance after a loss to eventual state champ IC Catholic.
With the Okaw Valley Conference no more, Monticello opens conference action in the Illini Prairie.
The Illini prairie keeps former-Okaw Valley schools Champaign St. Thomas More, Unity, St. Joseph-Ogden and Rantoul while merging former Corn Belt conference members Bloominton Central Catholic, Illinois Valley Central, Pontiac, Prairie Central and Olympia.
Kick off tonight is at 7 pm from Stanford. Hear all the action on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com.
Other Illini Prairie action tonight:
Bloomington Central Catholic at Pontiac
Champaign St. Thomas More at St. Joseph-Ogden
Illinois Valley Central at Tolono Unity
Monticello at Olympia
Rantoul at Prairie Central
Other action in opening week of high school football....
NormalWest at Peoria
Normal Community at Urbana
Peoria Manual at Bloomington
Peoria Richwoods at Champaign Central
Central State Eight
Decatur MacArthur at Decatur Eisenhower (Sat.)
Normal U-High at Springfield
Rochester at Springfield Lanphier (Sat.)
Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin at Jacksonville
Springfield Southeast at Chatham Glenwood
Athens at Pleasant Plains
Auburn at Pittsfield
New Berlin at Maroa-Forsyth
Riverton at Williamsville
Virden North Mac at Petersburg PORTA
Cambridge Ridgewood at Peoria Heights
Champaign Centennial at Bradley-Bourbonnais
Charleston at Canton
East Peoria at Streator
LeRoy at Ridgeview
Lincoln at Macomb
Dee-Mack at Tremont
Metamora at Elgin St. Edward
Morton at Columbia
Mt. Vernon at Taylorville
Mt. Zion at Limestone
Nokomis at Blue Ridge
Oakland Tri-County at Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond
Palestine at Sangamon Valley
Paxton-Buckley-Loda at Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley
Rock Island Alleman at Peoria Notre Dame
Toledo Cumberland) at Decatur LSA
Washington at Mahomet-Seymour