With the UIL’s recent decision to delay the start of 6A and 5A fall sports, Marshall had to make some changes to its football schedule.

The Mavericks were originally slated to kick off the season on the road, but instead will be home on Friday, Sept. 25, when they play host to New Caney.

Then on Oct. 2, they will be home against the Longview Lobos as the two will go head-to-head for the 110th time.

Marshall was originally slated to take on Carthage in the third week but Carthage, a 4A school, will already be deep into its season and that left the Mavericks needing another opponent.

That opponent will be McKinney North, a road game for the Mavs.

“They were 10-2 last year,” Marshall athletic director and head football coach Jake Griedl said of McKinney North. “They’re a really good football team. They’ve been a good program for the last couple years. They got put in a pretty tough district this year with Longview and Highland Park and some of those schools.

“I know they’ll be excited to play us, coming off the Longview week just because they’ll get a good game out of it, but also I think they’ll be able to have some sort of comparison as to what they’re going to get out of Longview in the following weeks in the district but they’re a good football team.

“They’re extremely well coached, they’re athletic and they have good size so it will be a good challenge for us and hopefully we can make a game out of it.”

The Mavericks will have their bye week following the McKinney North game and will begin district play at home when they play host to the Pine Tree Pirates on Friday, Oct. 23.