Monday, May 10, 2010

Tigerville, SC -- In its final season before entering a scheduling alliance with the South Atlantic Conference, the North Greenville University football team will play an 11-game schedule in 2010 which includes four home games and seven road trips.

Coach Jamey Chadwell and the Crusaders will open at Mars Hill College (SAC member) Saturday, Aug. 28 and will travel to Division I state rival Charleston Southern Sept. 4 and to Edward Waters (FL) Sept. 11 before kicking off its home slate Saturday, Sept. 25 against Lenoir Rhyne of the SAC.
The Crusaders will also play at Division I Presbyterian Sept. 25 before hosting two Ohio schools, Ohio State Newark Oct. 2 and Wright State on Thursday, Oct. 7.  NGU will also travel to LaGrange College (GA) before hosting Edward Waters for homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 23.
NGU will play Ohio State and Notre Dame, just not the real football mega programs.  The Crusaders will take one of their longest road trips in school history to play Notre Dame College of South Euclid, OH (near Cleveland) on Saturday, Oct. 30.  Notre Dame is an NAIA program which is transitioning to NCAA II.  NGU will close out the year at UNC Pembroke Nov. 6.
“We have a very balanced schedule this season, but it was tough filling out our schedule because of the impending SAC alliance,” Chadwell said.  “Most teams wanted to schedule two-year contracts, but we couldn’t do that because of the SAC, so we had to work exceptionally hard to get games this year.  We have some difficult games early with two Division I’s (Charleston Southern will play Hawaii and Kentucky) and Presbyterian (the Blue Hose will play Wake Forest and Clemson), so it’ll give our guys a chance to match up against two good teams who will have played good competition Division I FBS competition.”
“Our first five games will most likely dictate how our season goes,” he added.  “Charleston Southern and PC will be tough, but Mars Hill had a great SAC record last year and has a lot returning.  Lenoir Rhyne will have a senior dominated team, so we’ll have to be ready again very early in the season.  It’s never good as a head coach to play seven road games, but we’ll have the opportunity to go down to Georgia to play LaGrange so our Georgia players will play in front of their family and friends, and we’ll go to Ohio to play Notre Dame College so that our senior center Jordan Floro will get to play near his hometown.” 
“Overall, I think this will be a good season because we feel we can match up with the teams on the schedule.  I know our guys will come back focused because the schedule is very challenging.”

August 28 at Mars Hill 1:30pm
September 4 at Charleston Southern University   1:30pm
September 11  at Edward Waters 2:00pm
September 18  Lenoir Rhyne     7:00pm
September 25 at Presbyterian  1:30pm
October 2  Ohio State Newark    TBA
October 7 (Thurs) Wright State      7:00pm
October 16 at La Grange (GA) 3:00pm
October 23  Edward Waters  (homecoming) 4:00pm
October 30 at Notre Dame College (OH) 1:00pm
November 6 at UNC Pembroke    2:00pm