Tigerville, S.C. – North Greenville football has released its 2017 schedule, a slate of games which includes three Gulf South opponents and four from the South Atlantic. The Crusaders will also face a pair of familiar foes in Limestone College and Albany State.
The Crusaders will open the 2017-season in the friendly confines of Younts Stadium on September 2nd in a bout Tusculum College. The season opener is scheduled for a 7 pm kickoff. NGU has won the last five meetings with Tusculum including a 31-7 route of the Pioneers last season.
North Greenville will then take to the road for consecutive weeks with games at Lenoir-Ryne and Albany State on September 9th and 16th. 2017 will be the second straight year NGU has traveled to Hickory to take on the Bears after winning the 2016 Match-up 45-0 in Moretz Stadium. The Crusaders will then travel to Georgia to square off Albany State in week three. The Crusaders and rams are no strangers, facing off three times in the last six years. NGU is 2-1 against the Rams including a NCAA playoff win in 2011.
NGU will return to Tigerville for week four against Limestone College on September 23rd before hitting the road again for weeks five and six. The Crusaders will take on Division-I affiliate Kennesaw State on the 30th before taking on Catawba College to open up the month of October.
October 14th brings to town a future Gulf South club in Florida Tech. NGU and FIT fans are well acquainted with each other after the teams squared off in the first round of the NCAA Division II playoffs last season. The Crusaders won the first ever meeting between the two teams to advance to the second round. The Panthers are the only playoff team on the 2017 slate of games from a season ago. North Greenville and Florida Tech are scheduled for a 12pm kickoff.
North Greenville will travel to Carson-Newman on October 21st with an open week to follow. The Crusaders will host Delta State at 2:30 pm on November 4th at 1 pm. Delta State is yet another team NGU has faced in the playoffs. The Statesman eliminated the Crusaders from the Division-II tournament in 2011, a game that was played in Cleveland, Mississippi.
The Crusaders will wrap up the 2017 regular season a week later against a third GSC foe in West Alabama. NGU defeated the Tigers in the first meeting in 2016, using a last-second touchdown to take the victory. West Alabama finished last season with a 7-4 record with wins over Florida Tech and Delta State.
The 2017 schedule could be slightly altered with the addition of an 11th opponent to fill the week nine void. 2017 will also mark NGU’s last season as an independent as the Crusaders will officially begin Gulf South Conference play in 2018.
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