Triad Knights Schedule
Week 1: 8/27 v.s. Mattoon
Week 2: 9/3 @ Collinsville
Week 3: 9/10 @ Mt.Vernon
Week 4: 9/17 v.s. Civic Memorial
Week 5: 9/24 v.s. Highland
Week 6: 10/1 @ Mascoutah
Week 7: 10/8 v.s. Jerseyville
Week 8: 10/15 @ Waterloo
Week 9: 10/22 @ Lincoln
In week one, the Knights will host a Mattoon Greenwave team that finished with a 2-4 record during the spring season. The two teams last met each other in 2019, where the Knights cruised to a 41-7 victory. Triad has owned Mattoon in recent years, winning six of the last seven matchups.
In their first away game of the season, the Knights will take on the Collinsville Kahoks who finished 1-4 in the spring off a tough schedule. During the spring season, Triad downed Collinsville 21-0 after a scoreless first half. The Knights are 6-1 against the Kahoks over the last seven seasons.
Staying on the road, Triad will battle Mt.Vernon in week three. This matchup has gone the Knight’s way in recent years, with them picking up five of the last six. The most recent instalment came in 2019, when Triad blasted their way to a 45-25 win. In the spring season, the Rams finished with a 1-5 record.
The first Mississippi Valley Conference test for the Knights will come against a Civic Memorial that finished 2-2 on the field last season. In their last matchup back in 2019, the Eagles won 21-20 in a game which included a controversial call that awarded Civic Memorial a touchdown when it appeared Triad recovered an Eagle’s fumble. Entering that battle, the Knights had won six straight over their MVC foe.
A big showdown will come in week 5 as the Knights host their rival the Highland Bulldogs. For the first time in school history, Triad downed the Bulldogs twice in one season during the spring. The most recent of those matchups was an epic battle that saw the Knights force overtime after trailing 21-0 in the fourth quarter and ultimately winning 35-29 after double overtime. Outside of their games with Triad, Highland finished 3-1 during the spring season.
Another big test of the Knights will come the following week as they travel to take on the Mascoutah Indians. Last season, the two teams split their head to head matchups, which included the Indians winning in the MVC Bowl Cup Championship. Mascoutah finished with a 5-1 during the spring.
Back at home for week 7, Triad will play their final home game of the regular season against the Jerseyville Panthers. Last playing in 2019, the Knights caught the Panthers by their tail and marched to a 28-7 victory, making Triad victorious in four of their last five matchups. Finishing with a 1-5 record, the Panthers had a rough spring season.
Wrapping up their conference schedule, Triad will take a trip to the Waterloo Bulldogs in week 8. The Bulldogs will look to be a bigger threat in the MVC this season, as they are coming off a 4-1 spring finish and return a majority of their starters. In their most recent contest, the Knights dominated Waterloo for a 44-14 victory.
Wrapping up their regular season, Triad will play a new face for week 9 in the Lincoln Railsplitters. In the spring season, the Railsplitters finished with an 0-6 record. Lincoln has struggled to find much success on the football field for awhile, with their last playoff berth coming in 1984.
Highland Bulldogs Schedule
Week 1: 8/27 v.s. Washington
Week 2: 9/3 v.s. Edwardsville
Week 3: 9/10 @ Marion
Week 4: 9/17 v.s. Jerseyville
Week 5: 9/24 @ Triad
Week 6: 10/1 @ Civic Memorial
Week 7: 10/8 v.s. Waterloo
Week 8: 10/15 @ Mascoutah
Week 9: 10/22 @ Effingham
Opening up with the Washington Panthers, the Bulldogs schedule is set to start with several tough tests. The Panthers are coming off of a 5-1 season and have made the playoffs in thirteen consecutive seasons. Highland last played Washington before any of their players were born, with the Bulldogs losing 28-24 during the 2000-01 playoffs.
Another top level opponent will visit the Bulldogs in week 2, in the form of the Edwardsville Tigers. Having made the playoffs in of their last nine seasons while playing in the two biggest school classifications, the Tigers have consistently been looked at as a top team in the state. They finished with a 4-2 record during the spring, with both losses coming to a talented East St. Louis squad.
The early season trial by fire will continue in week three against the Marion Wildcats on the road. In the past fifteen seasons, the Wildcats have made the playoffs every year. They also are coming off a 6-0 spring season. Highland last faced Marion in 2019, when the Wildcats scored a touchdown and two point conversion with less than a minute remaining to win 30-29.
Highland thrashed their week 4 opponent, Jerseyville, 50-13 during their spring season finale. This was a continued pattern against the MVC foe, marking their eighth straight win over the Panthers and all of those came with at least 42 Bulldog points. During the spring, Jerseyville finished 1-5.
Looking to avenge a heartbreaking 35-29 double overtime loss after blowing a 21-0 fourth quarter league, Highland will travel to the rival Triad Knights in week 5. The Bulldogs entered the spring season with four consecutive wins over the Knights, but their rival bested them twice during the shortened season. Triad is coming off of a 5-1 spring season.
Staying on the road, Highland will do battle with the Civic Memorial Eagles in week 6. Their last battle also ended in heartbreak, although Highland proved victorious in this battle. The Eagles missed a last minute extra point to take the lead and the Bulldogs returned the ensuing kickoff to win 34-27 during the spring season battle. Civic Memorial finished 2-2 on the field during the spring season.
Highland’s final regular season home game comes as a week 7 hosting of the Waterloo Bulldogs. When the teams last battled, in 2019, Highland cruised to a 41-14 victory, their eighth consecutive against the orange and black Bulldogs. Waterloo looks set to be a much stronger team than in recent years however as they are coming off a 4-1 season and return a large share of their starters.
Closing out the regular season for the Bulldogs is yet another tough non-conference opponent in the Effingham Flaming Hearts. Coming off of a 5-0 season and having made thirteen of the last seventeen playoffs, Effingham will look to be a formidable opponent. The two teams last faced off in 2017, when the Bulldogs dominated them 57-14 for a berth into the semifinals round.
The 2021 fall edition of Collinsville Kahoks football will feature a mix of the old and the new as Colton Rhodes takes over the helm of the program.
CHS will see Belleville East, Charleston, Mt. Zion, and Alton Marquette added to their schedule this fall along with longtime rivals Alton, Triad, and Granite City. Additionally, Mattoon and Centralia once again appear on the schedule.
Here is a brief synopsis of the Kahoks and their opponents.
Week 1: At Belleville East: The last time these two former (for football) Southwestern Conference rivals met was in 2018 with Collinsville picking up a 28-26 win at home.
Week 2: Triad: These two schools have met every year since 2004. Triad won this past March, during the COVID-induced spring season, 21-0 in Troy. The Kahoks last win was a 46-27 road win in 2018.
Week 3: At Alton. Despite Collinsville’s departure from the SWC from football, these two old rivals continue to meet on the gridiron. In 2019, Alton scored a 58-6 win at home over the Kahoks. The last CHS victory came in 2016 during a 33-30 Kahok win in Alton.
Week 4: Charleston. Charleston finished 4-2 during the spring 2021 season.
Week 5: At Mattoon. In the fall of 2019, the Kahoks traveled to Mattoon and lost 26-20.
Week 6: Granite City. The rivalry has stayed intact despite the SWC departure by both schools. Granite won the last meeting in a wild 54-49 contest. The last Kahok win was in 2017 when CHS won 49-26 at home.
Week 7: Mt. Zion. The traditional powerhouse Braves come to CHS for this week 7 matchup. MTZ went 4-1 during the spring season. They defeated Mattoon 21-7 in March.
Week 8: Alton (Marquette): Another traditional playoff contender is on the slate for a Saturday afternoon contest at Public School Stadium in Alton. However, the Marquette Explorers could only muster a 2-4 mark during the spring.
Week 9: Centralia. The 2019 season concluded with a 28-0 home loss for the Kahoks against the Orphans.
Collinsville Kahoks Schedule
Week 1: 8/27 v.s. Belleville East
Week 2: 9/3 v.s. Triad
Week 3: 9/10 @ Alton
Week 4: 9/17 v.s. Charleston
Week 5: 9/24 @ Mattoon
Week 6: 10/1 v.s. Granite City
Week 7: 10/8 v.s. Mount Zion
Week 8: 10/15 @ Marquette Catholic
Week 9: 10/22 v.s. Centralia