Due to the earliest starting date for the Minnesota high school football season, official varsity practice begins Monday, Aug. 10. Games start on Aug. 22.

Due to challenges with the University of Minnesota for use of TCF Bank Stadium for the Prep Bowl, Minnesota's high school football season gets off to an early start this year. Practice begins earlier for football than any other sport. Season openers fall on Saturday, Aug. 22, the end of the second week of practice. That is usually the day teams hold scrimmages. Teams have been forced to be creative in preparing for the season. Owatonna held a football camp in late July that wrapped up with a scrimmage at Cretin-Durham Hall.

Another big change this year is the elimination of conference schedules. Teams are grouped together in districts of similar schools. For many teams, that means they play roughly the same type of opponents they have in the past. But conference titles will not be awarded.

The Huskies open their season playing at defending state champion Mankato West.

Games listed in bold below are at home. Games begin at 7PM unless noted otherwise. Games are on Friday unless noted otherwise

Owatonna Huskies schedule:
Aug. 22 at Mankato West (Saturday)
Aug. 28 at Rochester JM
Sept. 4 Faribault
Sept. 11 Northfield
Sept. 18 at Austin
Sept. 25 at Rochester Mayo
Oct. 2 New Prague
Oct. 9 Rochester Century

Blooming Prairie schedule:
Aug. 22 Rushford-Peterson (Saturday)
Aug. 28 at Faribault Bethlehem Academy
Sept. 4 St. Clair
Sept. 11 at JWP
Sept. 18 Mankato Loyola
Sept. 25 at Medford
Oct. 2 United South Central
Oct. 8 at Kenyon-Wanamingo (Thursday)

NRHEG schedule:
Aug. 22 at Mayer Lutheran (Saturday)
Aug. 28 Lester Prairie / Holy Trinity
Sept. 4 at WEM
Sept. 11 Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop
Sept. 18 at Sibley East
Sept. 25 Le Sueur-Henderson
Oct. 2 at Lake Crystal-Welcome-Memorial
Oct. 8 Maple River (Thursday)

Medford schedule:
Aug. 22 Lewiston-Altura (Saturday)
Aug. 28 Janesvill-Waldorf-Pemberton
Sept. 4 at Mankato Loyola
Sept. 11 Faribault Bethlehem Academy
Sept. 18 at Kenyon-Wanamingo
Sept. 25 Blooming Prairie
Oct. 2 at St. Clair
Oct. 8 at United South Central (Thursday)

Triton schedule:
Aug. 22 at Kasson-Mantorville (Saturday)
Aug. 28 Zumbrota-Mazeppa
Sept. 3 at Winona Cotter, at Winona State University, 8PM (Thursday)
Sept. 11 Caledonia
Sept. 18 at Chatfield
Sept. 25 St. Charles
Oct. 2 at Pine Island
Oct. 9 Dover-Eyota

Waseca schedule:
Aug. 22 at Albert Lea
Aug. 28 Marshall
Sept. 4 at St. Peter
Sept. 11 Belle Plaine
Sept. 18 at Jordan
Sept. 25 New Ulm
Oct. 2 at Worthington
Oct. 9 Fairmont

High school football varsity practice begins Monday August 10. The season kicks off on Saturday August 22, the earliest opening ever. Roy Koenig, Townsquare Media