A total of five home games highlight the final year in Kimbrough Memorial Stadium for the West Texas A&M football team as the 2018 schedule was unveiled Friday. 


The 2018 schedule features games against three teams who qualified for the NCAA Division II Football Championship, including defending national champion Texas A&M-Commerce.  Non-conference trips to California and Washington also are on the schedule for 2018.

"The final year at Kimbrough stadium is an important to a lot of former players and many alumni," second year head coach Hunter Hughes said.  "We want to celebrate the outstanding past teams and history of West Texas State, and West Texas A&M football throughout the year.  As we transition to a new home on campus, we will not forget the efforts and teams that played and set the standard for West Texas A&M football, and plan to recognize each era that played in Kimbrough.  We will travel quite a bit this season as we head to Azusa Pacific and Central Washington for out of conference, while traveling to the defending champions from the East. Overall, we once again will play one of, if not, the toughest schedule in Division II. We are excited to get to work and prepare to attack the schedule this fall."

WT opens the season at Azusa Pacific on Sept. 1, 2018, in Glendora, Calif.  The Buffs and Cougars have opened the season against each other each of the last three years with AP owning a 3-1 series lead all-time.

The Buffs return home to host Oklahoma Panhandle State Sept. 8 at 6 p.m. in Kimbrough Memorial Stadium, followed by a home date with Tarleton State on Sept. 15 also at 6 p.m. to open Lone Star Conference play.  WT then heads on the road for two long trips as it faces Western New Mexico in Silver City, N.M., on Sept. 22, followed by a trip to Central Washington in Ellensburg, Wash., to close out the month of September on Sept. 29.

Central Washington went 11-1 last season and earned the top-seed in the football playoffs for Super Region Four, losing at home to Texas A&M-Commerce in the second round.  WT owns a 2-1 record against Central Washington, as it will mark the first meeting between the two teams since Oct. 29, 2011, in a 49-35 WT win in Canyon.  The teams also met in 2008 in the NCAA playoffs with WT winning 49-42, in Canyon, while CWU won in Ellensburg in 2009, 34-10 during the regular season.

Homecoming 2018 opens October with a matchup against UT Permian Basin on Oct. 6 at 6 p.m., followed by a road trip to Angelo State (Oct. 13) and then the Buffs will look to get the Wagon Wheel back in Canyon, hosting Eastern New Mexico on Oct. 20 in the annual Wagon Wheel Game at 6 p.m.  WT then concludes the month of October at Texas A&M-Commerce on Oct. 27.

Senior Day is scheduled for Nov. 3 at 6 p.m. against Texas A&M-Kingsville, followed by a road game at Midwestern State to close the regular season on Nov. 10.

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