The 120th Battle of the Ax has a change in start time: the match-up between Sherman and Denison at Munson Stadium on August 31 is now at 7:30 p.m.


Originally scheduled for a 7 p.m. kickoff, the move to a half-hour later was made to be a part of Fox Sports’ Southwest Texas Football Days season-opening coverage. It is the second straight year Fox Sports Southwest will open the high school football season with a day-long coverage that includes live look-ins and a double-header. The Battle of the Ax will not be one of the double-header games.


After the UIL’s realignment in February, Sherman and Denison, which has won five straight in the rivalry, meet in a season-opener for the first time since 1923 and play each other in a non-district game for the first time in 25 years.