By LEE HILLER, Journal Sports
Plain Dealing has a tall task in front of it entering the 2023 football season with just three home games on the slate and one of the best 1A districts in the state – one that produced three 11-game winners and another nine-game winner last season.
The Lions start with a pair of road trips going east on I-20. The first journey will be a long one, to Ferriday on the Mississippi River, and a matchup with Delta Charter. The second roadie is easier travel – over to Grambling to play Lincoln Prep. Delta won last year’s only meeting of the schools and LP has a 19-12 advantage in its series with the Bossier Parish school.
The first of the three home games is up next in Week 3 as Lakeside makes the drive from Sibley. The Lions lead the series with Warriors 5-2.
The District 1-1A schedule starts with a game at Ringgold in a series that Plain Dealing has won 21 of the 26 meetings.
A trip to Haynesville follows and the perennially powerful Golden Tornado has won all but two of the 41 previous matchups.
The second and third home games of the year have Homer and Magnolia Charter come to Plain Dealing. The Pelicans have a 20-5 series advantage while the Lions have beaten the Mariners three of four times.
Plain Dealing finishes the season with three road games, the first to Minden to face Glenbrook. The Apaches reached the state semifinals last year but coach David Feaster moved to become offensive coordinator at Louisiana College.
A non-district battle in Bastrop at Beekman Charter comes before the Lions’ season finale at Arcadia. The series with the Hornets is one of the longest in northwest Louisiana with Plain Dealing having a slight 33-29 edge.
2023 Plain Dealing football schedule
Sep. 1 at Delta Charter
Sep. 8 at Lincoln Prep
Sep. 15 Lakeside
Sep. 22 at Ringgold
Sep. 29 at Haynesville
Oct. 6 Homer
Oct. 13 Magnolia Charter
Oct. 20 at Glenbrook
Oct. 27 at Beekman Charter
Nov. 3 at Arcadia