The new schedule for the Armadillos in 2012 was finalized last week by Coach Jeff Pannell. The longest road trip in the next two years is the district game in Santo of 125 miles. This compares to Sonora and Ozona trips of 150 miles and further.The season opens with a game against the Tolar Rattlers. This will be the first meeting between the schools on the football field. The next week sees San Saba traveling to Early. The Longhorns are coached by San Saba grad Brad Bowden. The teams played in 2009 with the Armadillos winning 31-0 after a scoreless first half. San Saba leads the overall series 16-9.Following the Longhorns are the Bearcats from Ballinger. San Saba travels the 107 miles to Ballinger this year. In 2011, San Saba snapped an 8-game losing streak to the Bearcats dating back to 1962 with a 28-14 win at Rogan Field. Ballinger has the 13-3-1 overall edge.San Saba returns home to face the Bulldogs from Hamilton next. The Armadillos are coming off a 34-24 victory in Hamilton in 2011 that saw the Bulldogs lead big in the 2nd quarter before San Saba got rolling. The Dillos have a close 19-17-1 overall record.Week 5 has the Armadillos back on the road to Mason. The Punchers are coming off the 1A div 1 state championship. San Saba won the last meeting in 2009 by the score of 21-13 at Rogan Field despite, then sophomore, David Mora returning a kickof 103 yards, the longest in Rogan Field history. Mason has the overall lead 26-21-3.The Armadillos finish the non-district portion with the Homecoming game against the Thorndale Bulldogs. This is the first meeting for the schools.San Saba opens district play traveling to De Leon and a date with the Bearcats. The meeting in 2009 opened the season for the schools and San Saba came away with the 36-0 win. The last time the game was in district was 2001. San Saba has a 10-7 lead in the series.After the open week for the Dillos, the Tigers from Hico call on Rogan Field. Hico has a 5-1 lead over the Armadillos including a 4-game winning streak. The teams have not played since 2003 when the Tigers won 29-6. Hico was another part of the district in 2001.The “Battle of the River” is next for San Saba. The game is set for Goldthwaite and the Eagles will be looking to reverse the 35-29 score from 2011 that the Dillos won. The schools have played each year going back to 1953. The Eagles last competed in district with San Saba in 2003 before dropping to 1A in 2004. San Saba has a 59-32-4 lead overall but the Eagles have a 15-9-1 in recent years.San Saba closes the regular season with the Santo Wildcats coming to Rogan Field for the first meeting between the schools.Most expect the Armadillos to make the playoffs with Goldthwaite and Hico this year. It will be the 4th consecutive year for San Saba, the longest in school history.