By LEE HILLER, Journal Sports
Northwood’s 2023 football schedule has the Falcons playing four of their seven District 1-4A games away from Jerry Burton Stadium, but one of the biggest of those district clashes comes at home against North DeSoto in the season finale.
The season starts with non-district home games against Benton and Wossman at Jerry Burton Stadium. A third and final non-district game has the Falcons traveling to Bossier City to face defending 1-5A champion Airline.
A bus ride to Independence Stadium to face Huntington kicks off the 1-4A season. The Raiders snapped a four-game loss skein to the Falcons last season in a series they lead 16-7. It was the only district loss the Falcons suffered last season.
Northwood returns home to entertain Bossier. The Falcons have won the last three and six of the last seven games but trail 19-14 in the overall series.
Trips to Evangel and Minden follow. The Falcons have won three of four meetings with the Eagles with all four games coming the past four season. The Crimson Tide has a slim 24-20 edge in the series with the Falcons winning the last three after losing the previous three.
A home game with Booker T. Washington is the first of the last three. Northwood has won the last six and 14 of the 20 in the series.
Woodlawn will host the Falcons at Independence Stadium in week nine. Northwood has won the last six of this series as well and holds an 18-8 advantage overall.
The season winds to a close with what has become a real grudge match with the district title on the line the previous three seasons. The Falcons handed the Griffins their only regular season loss last year 20-19 in Stonewall to finish as district co-champs. Northwood won the 2021 district championship with a 13-7 defeat of North DeSoto and knocked the Griffins out of the playoffs with a 19-9 defeat. North DeSoto claimed a 15-13 win for the 2020 1-4A crown.
2023 Northwood football schedule
Sept. 1 Benton
Sept. 8 Wossman
Sept. 15 at Airline
Sept. 22 at Huntington (Indy)
Sept. 29 Bossier
Oct. 6 at Evangel
Oct. 13 at Minden
Oct. 19 BTW
Oct. 27 at Woodlawn (Indy)
Nov. 2 North DeSoto