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Dane Warp, left, looks to pass during a Havre High football game against Miles City last fall in Havre. The Blue Ponies play five times at Blue Pony Stadium this fall, but Miles City will be one of Havre's big road trips.
There’s still a ways to go before fans will flock to Blue Pony Stadium for football season, but its never too early to think about it.
With Blue Pony Football Camp coming up next week, the Havre High varsity football team is just two months away from the start of a brand new season.
The Ponies will have a familiar schedule in the fall of 2014, but it will be flipped from last season. Havre High, coached by Jason Christenson, will play five home games in a nine-game schedule this season, as opposed to playing just four of nine at home a year ago.
The Ponies also open the 2014 slate at Blue Pony Stadium. On Aug. 30, HHS will take on the Whitefish Bulldogs in the annual battle for the BNSF Trophy. Havre and Whitefish always kick off the season against one another, and each team hosts the game two straight years. So the Ponies have played the last two in Whitefish. The Bulldogs currently hold the BNSF Trophy after beating HHS in the season-opener a year ago. Kickoff is slated for 2 p.m. that Saturday afternoon.
Havre will also host two other nonconference opponents this fall. On Sept. 12, Eastern A rival Sidney will come to Havre in another annual rivalry game, while the Blue Ponies will also host Northwest A power Polson on Oct. 17. Havre and Polson started a two-game series last fall in Polson.
HHS has two nonconference road games as well. The Ponies travel to Miles City Sept. 6 and visit Glendive Sept. 19. Havre has a long-standing rivalry with Miles City, one in which the Cowboys made two trips to Blue Pony Stadium a year ago. The first game ended in a draw as severe thunderstorms caused the early-season battle to be called off early in the third quarter. Miles City returned to Havre in November for a memorable Class A playoff game, one in which the Blue Ponies stormed back from a first-half deficit to win.
Havre finished second in the Central A a year ago, and will open conference play Sept. 26 against Livingston. The game against the Rangers is the first of back-to-back Central A home games for the Ponies. Havre will take on arch rival Belgrade Oct. 3 in what could be the game that determines the conference championship. The Ponies travel to Lewistown on Oct. 10 and wrap up the regular season with a trip to Browning Oct. 24.
The Class A playoffs begin Oct. 31 with the state championship game set for Nov. 22.