NEWBERRY, S.C. - Newberry College head football coach Todd Knight has announced the team's 2010 playing schedule. The 10-game slate features nine Division II in-region games and one game against a Football Championship Subdivision opponent.
Newberry, which finished the 2009 campaign with a 6-4 overall record, will host six games at historic Setzler Field in its second season under head coach Todd Knight.
"I think our non-conference schedule is challenging, especially with the likes of Valdosta State and Sanford, and as it always is in the South Atlantic Conference, any team can win any game, so it will be tough," Knight said. "The first game seems like a long time from now, but it'll be here before we know it and I'm excited. I hope we can ride the wave of emotion from our winning record last season and the wins in the last two games and keep building on that in the 2010 season."
Newberry will open the season on Saturday, September 4, against the Blue Bears of Livingstone College, which is located in Salisbury, N.C., and is a member of the CIAA. Newberry and Livingstone have faced off once previously, with the Blue Bears winning a 37-34 overtime game at Setzler Field in 1999.
The scarlet and gray will stay home for their second game of the season, welcoming the Blazers of Valdosta State University to Setzler Field for the second time. VSU went 6-4 last season. The all-time series is tied at 1-1, with each team winning on the road. Newberry opened the 2009 season with a 31-24 victory in Valdosta, while the Blazers won the 2008 matchup, 14-9, while ranked No. 1 in the country.
Newberry will close out non-conference play on Thursday, September 16, in Birmingham, Ala., against the Samford University Bulldogs. This game will mark the first time Newberry has played an opponent from the Southern Conference since opening the 2002 season at Wofford. Samford finished the 2009 season with a 5-6 overall record and 3-5 SoCon record to finish seventh in the league. The Bulldogs hold a 2-1-1 lead in the all-time series, as the two schools faced off four times in the early 1970s.
After a week off, Newberry will kick off the South Atlantic Conference schedule against rival Lenoir-Rhyne on October 2. The game will be Newberry's Homecoming, as well as the annual Battle for the Bishops Trophy. The Bears hold a 39-29-7 lead in the all-time series, but Newberry has claimed the Bishops Trophy in four straight seasons, including last year's 24-21 victory. L-R was 5-6 overall in 2009 with a 2-5 SAC record.
On October 9, Newberry will travel to Greeneville, Tenn., to take on the Pioneers of Tusculum College. Tusculum leads the all-time series, 8-4, and has won the last two matchups. The Pioneers won last year's matchup, 34-31, and finished the season 3-7 overall and 2-5 in the SAC.
Newberry stays on the road for its October 16 game, taking on the Mars Hill College Lions in Mars Hill, N.C. Mars Hill and Newberry had identical 6-4 overall and 4-3 SAC records last season. Mars Hill has a 25-15 advantage in the all-time series and has won two consecutive meetings, including last year's 34-28 win.
Newberry will return to Setzler Field on October 23 to face off against the Catawba College Catawba Indians. This is one of the longest running series in the SAC and Catawba holds a slight 37-33-3 lead in the all-time series. Newberry beat Catawba on the road, 40-21, last year as Catawba went on to a 4-6 overall record and 1-6 in SAC games to finish last in the league.
On October 30, Newberry will welcome 2009 SAC champion and NCAA Division II national semifinalist Carson-Newman College Eagles to Setzler Field. Carson-Newman was 11-3 overall and 9-0 in SAC play, but these two schools have had two of the most exciting games in SAC history the last two seasons. In 2009, Carson-Newman escaped with a 23-20 victory in monsoon conditions, while Newberry pulled off a 27-21 overtime win at Setzler Field in 2008. Carson-Newman has a 27-17 lead in the all-time series, but Newberry has won the last two matchups at home.
Newberry's final road game of the season comes on November 6, as the scarlet and gray visit the Brevard College Tornados. Newberry holds a 4-0 lead in the young series. Brevard's 2009 season was its best since reinstating the program as the Tornados went 7-4 overall with a 3-4 SAC record, with Newberry coming away with a 28-3 win in the season finale.
The regular season will come to a close at Setzler Field on November 13 as the scarlet and gray play host to the Wingate University Bulldogs. The all-time series is tied at 10-10, with Newberry winning the last five games in the series. Wingate finished second in the SAC with a 7-3 overall record and 5-2 record in the league in 2009, but Newberry defeated the Bulldogs by a 35-27 score.
Times for all matchups will be released at a later date. Ticket information for all games will also be available at a later date.
2010 Newberry College Football Schedule
Times and ticket information available at a later date
Sept. 4 LIVINGSTONE
Sept. 11 VALDOSTA STATE
Sept. 16 (Thur.) at Samford
Oct. 2 LENOIR-RHYNE *(HC)
Oct. 9 at Tusculum *
Oct. 16 at Mars Hill *
Oct. 23 CATAWBA *
Oct. 30 CARSON-NEWMAN *
Nov. 6 at Brevard *
Nov. 13 WINGATE *