The South Dakota High School Activities Association announced the 2021 high school football schedules for teams around the state Thursday, including the nine-game slate for the Mitchell Kernels.

Because there are now nine teams in Class 11AAA and 11 teams in Class 11AA, the inter-class matchups between those divisions will return during the regular season. Mitchell will play Brandon Valley at home in its seventh game of the season and will not play fellow Class 11AA members Sturgis or Douglas during the regular season. Aberdeen Central and Watertown have both moved down from Class 11AAA and are on Mitchell's schedule.

The season will open with a home contest with Spearfish on the weekend of Friday, Aug. 27 at Joe Quintal Field. That will be followed by a game on the weekend of Friday, Sept. 3 at Pierre.

According to Mitchell High School Activities Director Cory Aadland, Mitchell will host its annual Kernel Bowl game on Saturday, Sept. 11 against Aberdeen Central. The next week, the Kernels will host Tea Area for the first time as a Class 11AA opponent on Friday, Sept. 17.

The Kernels will head back to the road the weekend of Friday, Sept. 24, traveling to Brookings. Mitchell closes its home schedule with Yankton on Oct. 1 and Brandon Valley on Oct. 8.

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The regular season ends with two road games, visiting Watertown on Oct. 15 and playing Huron on Thursday, Oct. 21, which is the final night of the Class 11AA regular season.

The playoff quarterfinals will take place on Thursday, Oct. 28 and the semifinals will be played on Friday, Nov. 5. The state championship games are scheduled for Nov. 11-13 at the DakotaDome in Vermillion.

Aadland said that because of an expected shortage of football officials around South Dakota, more games could be played away from the typical 7 p.m. Friday start time. The SDHSAA advised in its announcement Thursday that games could be played on Thursday, Friday or Saturday of a given week, with schools asked to identify a potential game that could be played on Thursday or Saturday.

2021 Mitchell High School football schedule

Dates subject to change. Game times to be announced.

Aug. 27: vs. Spearfish

Sept. 3: at Pierre

Sept. 11 (Sat.): vs. Aberdeen Central (Kernel Bowl)

Sept. 17: vs. Tea Area

Sept. 24: at Brookings

Oct. 1: vs. Yankton

Oct. 8: vs. Brandon Valley

Oct. 15: at Watertown

Oct. 21 (Thurs.): at Huron