Spartan football team to host four home games

St. Joseph -- The St. Joseph-Ogden football team will play just four regular-season home games at Dick Duval Field this season. The Spartans start their 2022 campaign on the road at Monticello this Friday.

The first home game of the season features SJO hosting long-time rival Unity on September 2; Nokomis for homecoming on September 23; Pontiac two weeks later; and end the regular season at home against the Panthers of Paxton-Buckley-Loda on Senior Night.

Evan Ingram turns to make a handoff
Senior Evan Ingram pivots to handoff the ball after the snap during SJO's 2021 home opener against the Sages. After scoring the Spartans lit the scoreboard with the first TD of the game, Monticello came back to score 43 unanswered points to win the Illini Prairie Conference opener. The two teams will square off again this Friday in Monticello. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)

As in past years, Spartan head coach Shawn Skinner will begin his 6th season at the helm facing the toughest three teams in the Illini Prairie Conference. SJO opens the season on the road at Monticello on August 26. The Sages, who finished the 2021 season 7-3, won last year's season opener with a decisive 43-8 road win over SJO.

After facing last year's Class 3A runner-up Rockets in week 2, SJO is back on the road at Prairie Central. Looking for their first win against the Hawks since week 9 in 2016; the question is will the Hawks' home-field advantage be a factor?

The Spartans' game against Nokomis, possibly the first meeting between the two programs in more than two decades, will be interesting. Playing an independent schedule and despite having an enrollment of just 179 students, the program finished the past season with a 7-2 record.

2022 St. Joseph-Ogden Football Schedule

@ Monticello
7:00 PM


vs. Unity
7:00 PM


@ Prairie Central
7:00 PM


@ Illinois Valley Central
7:00 PM


vs. Nokomis High School
7:00 PM

@ Bloomington Central Catholic
7:00 PM


vs. Pontiac
7:00 PM


@ Rantoul
7:00 PM


vs. Paxton-Buckley-Loda
7:00 PM

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