If you needed one more sign that football season is almost here, well, here you go – season tickets go on sale at Kilgore High School on Monday, Aug. 6, the same day practice begins for the Ragin’ Red.
On that day, those who had season tickets last season (tickets for all the Bulldogs’ home games) can renew them in the KHS athletic department offices on campus, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Any previous season ticket-holder who’d like to keep their seats should go get them that week, because any tickets not picked up or claimed before the end of business on Friday, Aug. 10 will go into the pool for the general public.
Then, anyone who didn’t have seats last season and wish to go purchase them may do so on Monday, Aug. 13.
Season ticket packages this year are $35, which includes Kilgore’s season opener against Nacogdoches on Friday, Aug. 31, here at R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium. The rest of Kilgore’s home games are Hallsville (Sept. 7), Pittsburg (Sept. 28; that’s homecoming), Henderson (Oct. 19), and Palestine (Nov. 2).
Road games aren’t included in season tickets, of course, but for the record, Kilgore plays at Pine Tree Sept. 14, at Texas High Sept. 21, at Chapel Hill Oct. 12, at Van Oct. 26, and at Carthage to close on the regular season on Nov. 9. Kilgore’s open date this year is Oct. 5.
The district opponents this season are Chapel Hill, Henderson, Van, Palestine and Carthage, with Van being the newcomer (replacing Bullard on the schedule).
Anyone who just likes to buy their tickets the week of the game can do that, naturally – the week of each game, in the athletic office, tickets are on sale at a discounted rate ($8 for reserved, $5 for general admission, $3 for students). At the gate, the night of each game, reserved seat tickets are $9, and all general admission tickets are $6. Student ticket prices are only available during the presale, during the week.
The Bulldogs will again host the community for the watermelon fest on Thursday night, Aug. 16, at 7 p.m. outside the Mitchell Field House on campus.
The Ragin’ Red scrimmages at Gilmer on Friday, Aug. 17, starting with freshmen and ninth grade at 6 p.m., and then hosts Kaufman for a scrimmage on Aug. 24, with the same start time and set-up.
Mike Wood returns for his ninth season as head coach of the Bulldogs. He has coached Kilgore for exactly 100 games, and has a 65-35 overall record. Kilgore made it to the third round of the playoffs last season, beating Little Cypress-Mauriceville and El Campo, then losing to rival Henderson in a down-to-the-wire game in Longview. Kilgore and Henderson split their two meetings last year.