The Joshua Owls had a rough go of it in District 8-4A.

Last year, the Owls started things off with a 2-1 record in nondistrict play, and opened their brand new stadium with a victory over Azle.

A thrilling 27-21 victory over Alvarado put the Owls over .500, but when 8-4A competition started, the Owls didn’t win again.

Perhaps the low point of the season came on Oct. 30 when the Owls were bested by Granbury, 13-9, at home, the Pirates’ first win in 25 tries.

Joshua gets a chance for a fresh start this year in District 7-4A, and it will also get a chance at revenge against the Pirates which joined the new district.

That game becomes even bigger for the Owls as it is their homecoming game, and will be played on Oct. 1.

The Owls will start the season in similar fashion to the 2009 season with a home date against Azle on Aug. 27 before taking to the road the following week to battle Nolan Catholic.

After that, Joshua returns home to battle Brewer on Sept. 10, and will take its bye week before traveling to face Arlington Seguin, another former 8-4A rival, on Sept. 24.

After the Owls’ homecoming battle with Granbury, Joshua will get a chance to renew it’s Texas 174 rivalry with Burleson when the Owls travel to Elk Stadium on Oct. 8.

Joshua will take on Mansfield Summit on Oct. 15 at home before heading south on Texas 174 to face Cleburne on Oct. 22 in the Yellow Jackets’ homecoming game.

On Oct. 29, the Owls will travel to face Crowley, another 8-4A transfer, and will close out the season against yet another former district rival at home against Everman on Nov. 5.

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