The West Oktibbeha football squad will be tested early in the year.
The Timberwolves don't start the season off easy. They play Marshall out of Lexington, Eupora and East Webster early in the year.
"It's tough," West Oktibbeha head coach Adam Lowrey said. "We are looking at playing three 2-As in the first four weeks. I don't see anything easy for us. Everything we are going to get we are going to have to earn."
The Timberwolves also face Noxapater, who won the Class 1-A state title last year. They face another Winston County school in Nanih Waiya, but as Lowrey said "at least we get them at home."
Both of those games will be played in Maben.
The Timberwolves open up with a Jamboree at home on Aug. 10 and host Marshall the next week.
They are also scheduled to play Weir, but with the talks of consolidating with Ackerman that game may be replaced with a game against East Webster. They are set to play East Webster in the Jamboree, but that could change.
West Oktibbeha will be at home more times than not. They play six home games and five away games. They do have to travel to rival East Oktibbeha.
"That game is always a toss up," Lowrey said.
A game Lowrey and the Timberwolves are looking forward to is Pelahatchie. West Oktibbeha goes there this year. They lost by two points to them last year at home.
In preparation for the season, running back Tiberias Lampkin and quarterback Von Smith will participate in the Mississippi State individual camp this summer.
The rest of the Timeberwolves along with Lampkin and Smith will go to team camps at MSU and East Mississippi Community College.
West Oktibbeha will also participate in a seven-on-seven league this summer hosted by Starkville High School. Schools such as the Yellowjackets and West Point will also play.