Rose Bud will open its season in style versus the Hazen Hornets at the annual Hooten's Football Kickoff Classic to be held Sept. 5 at the University of Central Arkansas' Estes Stadium in Conway.
“The kids are very excited,” said Rose Bud Coach Steve Rose. “It's a big boost in the right direction for our program. We were so close [to the playoffs] last year and we feel like we are on the verge of a big year and this is a great way to get it off to a bang. It's a great way to start the season, showcase our kids and we are excited about that.”
The Ramblers, who missed the 3A state playoffs by one game in 2012, have opened their season against rival Quitman since 2008.
Quitman will now play Augusta, which Hazen had originally scheduled for its opening non-conference game.
Tickets go on sale in Rose Bud starting next week. As part of the deal with Hooten's Kickoff Classic, each participating school is required to sell a specific allotment of tickets.