By LEE HILLER, Journal Sports
Magnolia Charter goes into its fifth year of football coming off its most successful season, two wins against a tremendously challenging slate, but will have to navigate the 2023 season mostly on the road with six road games of the 10 on the schedule.
First-year head coach Anthony Johnson will take his squad to Lake Charles the first game of the campaign to face powerful Lake Charles Prep.
Half of its home schedule follows in the next couple weeks. General Trass and East Iberville both come to Shreveport in Weeks 2 and 3 respectively.
The Mariners then take to the road for their District 1-1A opener at Homer. The Pelicans are coming off a state runner-up finish a year after winning their first state championship since 1939.
A home game with Mansfield will mark the first meeting of the two schools.
Four consecutive 1-1A games make up the hardest part of the schedule.
A trek to Minden to play Glenbrook is on the schedule to start October. The Apaches are coming off a highly successful season that ended in a slim state quarterfinal loss to eventual state champion Ouachita Christian.
On to Plain Dealing, one of the two teams the Mariners defeated last season.
A pair of playoff teams come up in Weeks 8 and 9 with games at Haynesville, then Arcadia.
The final game of the season is a home date with Ringgold, the other team Magnolia defeated in 2022.
2023 Magnolia Charter football schedule
Sep. 1 at Lake Charles Prep
Sep. 8 General Trass
Sep. 15 East Iberville
Sep. 22 at Homer
Sep. 29 Mansfield
Oct. 6 at Glenbrook
Oct. 13 at Plain Dealing
Oct. 20 at Haynesville
Oct. 27 at Arcadia
Nov. 3 Ringgold