This Friday it's time for class A and C to hit the gridiron, which includes Billings Central at their new home at Herb Klindt Field.
Like many teams this time of year, the Rams are just flat out tired of hitting one another, and are ready for some live contact against someone else. And they'll get their wish this week as they take on a fellow 2015 playoff team in the Belgrade Panthers. The Panthers made the playoffs but were eliminated in round one by Sidney last year. That said they still come in with a ton of returners on both offense and defense, so Central is already preparing for what should be game of the week material in week one.
"It's going to be pretty good to see how we match up against other teams," said Rams senior quarterback Jet Campbell. "Definitely the non-conference games are going to help us see how we're going to play in the conference. Mostly just our hard work, and offseason work gets us where we are usually."
"Belgrade is always one of the stronger teams in Class A," said Rams head coach Jim Stanton. "We'd rather play the strength of the schedule. There's no better way to expose yourself and get better without playing the best. We expect a lot out of our kids. It's a credit to them, the work that they do, their coaches, and so we have expectations that we want to be the best that we can be."