Ottawa quarterback Brett Galletti (7) gives Rochelle's Larry Beck (20) a stiff-arm during a Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference game last season at King Field.
Ottawa quarterback Brett Galletti (7) gives Rochelle's Larry Beck (20) a stiff-arm during a Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference game last season at King Field. — For The Times | Jimmy McCorkle

As things stand now, the upcoming 2019 high school football campaign will be the penultimate season under the traditional conference/win five games to qualify for the playoffs scheduling system.

That does not, however, mean there won't be plenty of change come this fall.

Two Times-area gridiron teams are heading to new conferences, another's conference will be new in all but name, another program is heading to 8-man football and schedule changes are in store for the other three when the 2019 season kicks off on Friday, Aug. 30.

Marquette Crusaders

The Marquette Crusaders have emerged into a Class 1A powerhouse in recent years, but as members of the dwindling small-school Northeastern Athletic Conference have had to post its regular-season victories against less than ideal schedules constantly in flux. The now just five-team NAC offers Marquette — 10-1 last season — only four league games, with the rest of the schedule including a rivalry game with Seneca and a pair of repeat opponents:

8/30 DWIGHT (6-4) 7 p.m.

9/6 at Seneca (4-5) 7 p.m.

9/13 at Hiawatha (6-4) 7 p.m.

9/21 at Walther Christian (5-4) 1 p.m.

9/27 ROCKFORD CHRISTIAN (6-4) 7 p.m.

10/4 RIVER VALLEY (0-9) forfeit

10/11 SOUTH BELOIT (3-6) 7 p.m.

10/18 HIAWATHA (6-4) 7 p.m.

10/25 at Rockford Christian (6-4) 7 p.m.

Streator Bulldogs

While most of their opponents will look awfully familiar, the Bulldogs will be joining a new conference for all sports (save bowling and tennis, which will remain independent) this coming school year, the Illinois Central Eight. The ICE will include Streator — 3-6 last season — and seven other defectors from the Interstate Eight Conference, with conference games spanning the final seven games of the regular season. Ottawa is slated to return to Streator's schedule for 2020.

8/30 EAST PEORIA (1-8) 7 p.m.

9/6 at Morton (6-4) 7:30 p.m.

9/13 WILMINGTON (6-4) 7 p.m.

9/20 at Reed-Custer (2-7) 7 p.m.

9/27 COAL CITY (10-2) 7 p.m.

10/4 at Peotone (4-5) 7 p.m.

10/11 at Herscher (8-5) 7 p.m.

10/18 MANTENO (1-8) 7 p.m.

10/25 at Lisle (10-2) 7 p.m.

Ottawa Pirates

The 2019-20 school year will be Ottawa's first as a member of the new-look Interstate Eight Conference, with Ottawa, La Salle-Peru, Kaneland, Morris, Rochelle and Sycamore all leaving the now-defunct Northern Illinois Big 12 to join with Sandwich and Plano, the lone remaining members of the I-8 after the formation of the Illinois Central Eight. The reworked schedule will see the Pirates — 0-9 last season — playing I-8 foes the final seven weeks of the regular season. Streator is slated to return to Ottawa's schedule for 2020.

8/30 CHICAGO JUAREZ (1-7) 7 p.m.

9/6 at Woodstock (2-7) 7 p.m.

9/13 PLANO (5-5) 7 p.m.

9/20 at Sycamore (8-3) 7 p.m.

9/27 at Morris (4-5) 7 p.m.

10/4 LA SALLE-PERU (3-6) 7 p.m.

10/11 at Kaneland (7-4) 7 p.m.

10/18 at Sandwich (4-5) 7 p.m.

10/25 ROCHELLE (5-5) 7 p.m.

Sandwich Indians

Unlike the six new members (including Ottawa), Sandwich and archrival Plano are the lone holdovers from the previous incarnation of the Interstate Eight. For all intents and purposes aside from the name and the history, it will be an entirely new, higher-enrollment league beginning this fall, with the Indians — 4-5 last season — facing a radically different schedule, starting with Class 1A/2A playoff regular Chicago Hope Academy.

8/30 HOPE ACADEMY (8-4) 7 p.m.

9/6 at Harvard (2-7) 7 p.m.

9/13 at La Salle-Peru (3-6) 7 p.m.

9/20 KANELAND (7-4) 7 p.m.

9/27 SYCAMORE (8-3) 7 p.m.

10/4 ROCHELLE (5-5) 7 p.m.

10/11 at Plano (5-5) 7 p.m.

10/18 OTTAWA (0-9) 7 p.m.

10/25 at Morris (4-5) 7 p.m.

Seneca Fighting Irish

The 2019 season will be Seneca's second as a member of the Sangamon Valley Conference, which it only competes in for football and wrestling. A new Week 1 opponent from downstate will have Seneca — which posted a 4-5 mark a year ago — opening the campaign with a Saturday home game, with old rival Marquette back for the second straight season.

8/31 SHELBYVILLE (3-6) 2 p.m.

9/6 MARQUETTE (10-1) 7 p.m.

9/13 at Dwight (6-4) 7 p.m.

9/20 at Paxton-Buckley-Loda (7-4) 7 p.m.

9/27 CLIFTON CENTRAL (7-3) 7 p.m.

10/5 IROQUOIS WEST (0-9) 1 p.m.

10/11 at Watseka (5-5) 7 p.m.

10/18 at Momence (1-8) 7 p.m.

10/25 B-H/R-A (9-2) 7 p.m.

Fieldcrest Knights

Of the area's seven football programs, the Knights — 5-5 last season — have the most consistency in their schedule as members of the relatively stable (despite losing Flanagan-Cornell/Woodland to the 8-man game) and extremely-tough-at-the-top Heart of Illinois Conference.

8/30 at Reed-Custer (2-7) 7 p.m.

9/6 at Tri-Valley (7-5) 7 p.m.

9/13 TREMONT (5-4) 7 p.m.

9/20 GIBSON CITY-M-S. (14-0) 7 p.m.

9/28 at Illini West (10-1) 2 p.m.

10/4 DEE-MACK (3-6) 7 p.m.

10/11 at Ridgeview-Lex. (4-5) 7 p.m.

10/18 EUREKA (9-2) 7 p.m.

10/25 at El Paso-Gridley (3-6) 7 p.m.

Flanagan-Cornell/Woodland Falcons

As much upheaval as the area's other football programs have undergone, none quite compares to the FCW co-op which initially announced plans to leave the Heart of Illinois Conference and go independent, then ultimately made the move to 8-man football — not officially an IHSA sport as yet, but trending in that direction with 16 programs committed for 2019. The nine-game schedule for the Falcons — 0-9 last season playing 11-man — is filled with teams from that field and opens on a Saturday in Elgin. The co-op will continue playing two home contests at Woodland School.

8/31 at Elgin Westminster (0-0) 1 p.m.

9/6 PAWNEE (1-8) 7 p.m.

9/13 JACKSONVILLE ISD (3-4) 7 p.m.

9/20 at Metro-East Lutheran (0-6) 7 p.m.

9/27 at River Ridge (4-5) 7 p.m.

10/4 at Milford/Cissna Park (9-1) 7 p.m.

10/11 CHAMPAIGN JUDAH (1-6) 7 p.m.

10/18 CUBA (5-4) 7 p.m.

10/25 at Rockford Christian Life (2-8) 7 p.m.