Bacon County’s 2014 football schedule has been released and it has one of those rare sights on it.
The Red Raiders, who will play in a new facility after closing down Morris Johnson Stadium last year, will have five consecutive home games beginning in Week 3.
That ties a mark set in 1960, according to the Georgia High School Football Historians website which also shows Bacon County posting a 127-167-7 home record since 1951.
 BCHS, after opening the 1960 season on the road with two games, returned home to play Appling County, Ware County, Lowndes, Jesup and Patterson in succession from September 30 through Oct. 28.
The Red Raiders will repeat that opening seven-game stretch this year, albeit with different teams. 
Bacon County travels to Pearson to play Atkinson County in the pre-season scrimmage tilt on Aug. 15, and then to Cairo on the following Friday to face the Syrupmakers.
The regular season at Lanier County on August 29, in the first of three non-region games. The Bulldogs went 2-8 last season and are 3-3 against Bacon County in a series that began in 2006. Lanier County has won the last three meetings.
The Red Raiders travel to neighboring rival Pierce County the following week for the 28th meeting between the two. The Bears went 10-2 for the second straight year and finished as the Region 1-AAA runnerup to Appling County after back-to-back region titles in 2011-12.
PCHS won 24-7 last year.
Charlton County will be the first opposing team to play the Red Raiders in the new stadium on Sept. 12, in the non-region finale. The Indians are coming off a 9-5 season that ended with a loss in the Class A championship game.
The Red Raiders have lost 12 straight in the series to trail 14-12.
Region 2-AA play begins on Sept. 19, with defending champion Benedictine coming in. The Cadets went 13-1 and reached the state semifinals losing to Lamar County. BC won last year’s meetin 56-0 to take a 2-0 series lead.
The Blue Tide of Long County visit on Sept. 26. One of four teams with a losing record on the schedule, the Blue Tide were 2-8 last season. Bacon County won 21-6 last and lead the series 2-0.
Following an open date on Oct. 3, Bryan County rides into town. The Redskins reached their first post-season since 1991 a year ago tying a school record with an 8-3 record.
Last year’s 28-7 win by Bryan County was the first in four games against the Red Raiders.
Neighboring Jeff Davis, coming off a 1-9 season, closes out the historic homestand on Oct. 17. BCHS rallied for a 14-13 win last year, its third straight victory in the most-played series, to cut the deficit to 32-25.
Bacon County finishes the year with three straight road games. The Red Raiders travel to Vidalia on Oct. 24. The Indians were 10-2 in 2013. Vidalia has won seven straight in the series with last year’s 14-0 win to take an 8-2 series lead.
Region newcomer Groves is next as Bacon County travels to Garden City on Oct. 31. The Rebels are dropping down three classifications and went 1-9 against Class AAAAA competition last year. The two schools have never played each other.
The season finale is in Darien against McIntosh County Academy. The Bucs are coming off a 5-5 campaign and will be under new head coach Gary Mintier, the defensive coordinator the previous three years at Pierce County.
McIntosh County prevailed 19-13 a year ago, its third straight win in the series, to pull to within 9-6-1 in the series matchup.
 
2014 Schedule
8/15@ %Atkinson County7:30 p.m.
8/22@ %Cairo7 p.m.
8/29@ Lanier County7:30 p.m.
9/5@ Pierce County7:30 p.m.
9/12Charlton County7:30 p.m.
9/19*Benedictine7:30 p.m.
9/26*Long County7:30 p.m.
10/10*Bryan County7:30 p.m.
10/17*Jeff Davis7:30 p.m.
10/24@ *Vidalia7:30 p.m.
10/31@ *Groves7:30 p.m.
11/7@ *McIntosh Co.7:30 p.m.
% - scrimmage
* - Region 2-AA