In just three weeks, the inaugural season of play will kickoff in earnest for the Missouri Baptist football Spartans and head coach Jason Burianek.
The historic inaugural game for Missouri Baptist will involve a road trip down I-55 to Cape Girardeau to take on Ohio Valley Conference member, Southeast Missouri State at Houck Stadium.
After going to SEMO, MBU will have to tackle back-to-back road games to the University of St. Francis (Ind.) on Sept. 4 and then nine days later at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee (Ok).
The Spartans finally get a taste of home cooking on Sept. 20 when they host William Penn University in the program’s inaugural home opener.
From there the Spartans become road warriors again for another four weeks as they will visit Lindenwood University-Belleville (Il.), Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Mo. on Oct. 4, Division I Valparaiso University in Indiana on Oct. 11, and finish that four-game road swing with an Oct. 18 visit to Tiffin University in Tiffin, Ohio.
MBU returns home on October 25 for a contest against NAIA opponent Arizona Christian.
Just a week later, the Spartans will play host to Haskell Indian Nations University in its homecoming game. The game will also mark a large part of the weeklong 50th anniversary celebration of the university.
As the season begins on the road with a Division I foe for the Spartans, it will also end on the road with one as MBU will venture southeast down to Campbell University in Campbell, N.C. to face the Campbell Fighting Camels.
The Spartans have several West County and St. Charles County players that will be vying for playing time this fall on the roster.
West County players on the roster includes freshman safeties Darrell Cain (Eureka) and Duane Singleton (Eureka), freshman safety Ethan Morse (Parkway Central), Freshman wide receiver Trey Richard (Parkway North), freshman defensive tackle Will Gates, III (Parkway North), and freshman kicker Randy Hunt (Parkway North).
St. Charles County players for the Spartans include freshman safety Connor Bomstad (Timberland), freshman defensive end James McMahon (Holt), and freshman running back Jacob Thompson (Holt).