With the fall semester right around the corner, head football coach Gary Thomas and Dodge City Community College Athletics announced its 2018 football schedule Monday morning.

The schedule will consist of six home games and five away games, with a scrimmage on August 16. Of the six home games, four of those will be KJCCC games, while three of the five away games are conference games.

"I'm excited about this year's schedule, except for having to go to Iowa for the fifth time in six games," head football coach Gary Thomas said. "The challenging part for teams at our level is going on the road to play early in the season and having to be in hotels, miss class, and things like that. Our schedule is home heavy early, and we don't have any long road trips until late September. This gives us time to grow up a little bit, and get comfortable with the daily routine of becoming college student-athletes."

Dodge City is coming off a season where they found themselves ranked high on the KJCCC leaderboard in many different statistics, ranking third in points per game, third in yards per game, second in passing touchdowns and first in first downs per game.

The Conquistadors will kick off the season on August 23, as they will host Independence Community College at Memorial Stadium, beginning at 6 p.m.

After going on the road in week two to Garden City, the Conquistadors will have three straight home games on Sept. 8, Sept. 15 and Sept. 22, as they host Gordon's Fine Arts and Sports Academy, Ellsworth Community College and Butler Community College, respectively.

Dodge City will then go back on the road for week six, traveling to Council Bluffs, Iowa to take on Iowa Western, before returning to Memorial Stadium for week seven against Coffeyville at 1 p.m.

The Conqs will then travel to Iowa Central on Oct. 13, before they host Hutchinson Community College on Oct. 20 for the final home game of the 2018 season. Dodge City will then be on the road for the rest of the season, traveling to Highland Community College and Fort Scott Community College, on Oct. 27 and Nov. 10, split by Dodge City's only bye week.

"As far as where the competition falls on our schedule, that part is irrelevant," Thomas said. "Everybody in the conference is loaded, so you better be ready to go to battle every Saturday, whether you're at home or on the road. We should have a pretty talented group of young men and our staff is excited to see what this group is capable of."