MP schedule

Mary Persons released an all-new 2020 football schedule on Tuesday and will only play three of the 10 teams that it played in 2019.

The Bulldogs will drop to Class AAA in 2020-21 and will play in a new region that includes Americus-Sumter, Central, Crisp County, Peach County, Jackson, Pike County and Upson-Lee.

Meanwhile, coach Brian Nelson has lined up non-region games hosting Westside and Hardaway and playing at McDonough.

Nelson said he thinks the 2020 schedule will be tougher than 2019, when the Bulldogs finished 6-6 after losing a very talented senior class. Especially hard will be road trips to new region foes and powerhouses Peach and Crisp counties.

The Dogs will open by hosting Westside on Aug. 21 after talks to play Fitzgerald at Mercer fell through. Then MP will play two more non-region opponents before having a week off on Sept. 11. The Dogs will open region play at Peach County on Sept. 18. MP will again have two off weeks during the season, Sept. 11 and Oct. 16. Now that Jackson once again shares a region with MP, that annual border battle has moved from early in the season to the next-to-last game, Oct. 30.