The Mineral County High School football team returns to the field tomorrow when they open the 2019 season at Whittell. The Serpents tuned up for the final time last week in a scrimmage game against Virginia City.

Mineral County is looking to improve on its 5-5 record last year, although the 3-1 mark in conference play was good enough to get them a playoff spot. They ended that campaign with a 70-10 loss to Spring Mountain.

After losing seven seniors and some key players to graduation, the Serpents will enter the season as one of the younger teams in the conference with three seniors and four juniors.

The 1A Central League consists of five teams, Tonopah, Round Mountain, Smith Valley, Coleville and Mineral County. Tonopah won the conference in 2018 with a 4-0 mark in league play while the Serpents finished second.

Following its opener on Friday, Mineral County will host its first game on Sept. 6 against Sierra Lutheran before traveling to Virginia City the following week. A trip to Beatty on Sept. 20 and a home game against Mammoth on Oct. 4 rounds out the non-conference schedule before they open league play against Coleville at home on Oct. 11.

The Serpents will travel to Smith Valley the following week before hosting Round Mountain on senior night Oct. 24 and finishing the regular season Nov. 1 at Tonopah.

Tomorrow’s game against Whittell is the first game for both teams and is set for a kickoff time of 7 p.m.