Today marks the first day fall sports teams can hit the practice field for the regular season just over three weeks away.

After last year’s impressive season on the gridiron, Milford football returns to the field looking to get back to the DIAA Division II Football state championship game. Last year they lost to Delmar by a touchdown.

Milford has several intriguing matchups coming.

Friday, Sept. 7 vs. Sussex Tech 7 p.m.

Milford will open against Sussex Tech out of the Henlopen North Division.

The Bucs’ home opener against the Ravens marks the first of three games against Division I opponents; Milford will also take on two more Henlopen North opponents: Polytech (9/21) and Cape Henlopen (10/19).

Milford and Sussex Tech opened the season against one another last year, a gritty 3-0 win by the Buccaneers. Late in the fourth quarter, Jonathan Gaglione nailed a 27-yard field goal for a season opening victory.

Milford will celebrate the 2008 state championship team when they’re inducted into the Milford Football Hall of Fame at halftime.

Friday, Nov. 2 vs. Delmar 7 p.m.

Later in the season Milford will host Delmar in a rematch of last year’s championship game.

Milford will be looking for revenge after, losing to them twice a season ago. The Buccaneers dropped a lopsided regular season matchup, 35 10, before falling to Delmar again in the DII title game in a much closer contest, 14-7.

The game could go a long way toward determining a Henlopen South champion along with possible playoff seeds in the state tournament.

Friday, Nov. 9 @ Lake Forest 7 p.m.

Milford will close the regular season with the “Battle of the Bell” against Henlopen South rival, Lake Forest. This year, the Buccaneers will travel to Felton to take on the Spartans on their turf.

The Buccaneers have come away with the Bell in each of the last two meetings with the Spartans, with a 42-7 win last season.

Last year’s big victory at home helped propel the Buccaneers into the postseason, the start of a wonderful ride to the DII championship game.