Newberry signs on for home-and-home series with Virginia Union; 2016 schedule finalized


Newberry signs on for home-and-home series with Virginia Union; 2016 schedule finalized
Tuesday, January 26, 2016 | by Josh Manck, Assistant AD for Athletic Communications

NEWBERRY – Newberry College director of athletics Matthew Finley and head football coach Todd Knight have announced the Wolves will play a home-and-home series with the Panthers of Virginia Union University in 2016 and 2017. This contract completes the Wolves’ 2016 schedule.

Newberry will host Virginia Union on Saturday, September 10, 2016 in the second week of the regular season at historic Setzler Field in Newberry, S.C.

The return game will take place on Saturday, September 9, 2017 when the Wolves visit Hovey Field in Richmond, Va.

2016 IMPACT
This will give Newberry six games at historic Setzler Field for the 2016 season, including the first two weeks of the season. Three of Newberry’s six home games are against 2015 playoff teams.

Newberry has had six home games in three of the last four seasons, helping build excitement around the Newberry campus.

"It's exciting for the Newberry community to get a sixth Wolves home football game for the third time in four years," Finley said. "We love hosting events and engaging our community in campus life.

"Opening with two home games will be exciting for student life on our campus to kick off the fall. We have one of the best game day environments in the South Atlantic Conference and look forward to a quality and competitive schedule that will position coach Knight and our student-athletes to compete for championships and postseason accolades."

The season will open at home on the Labor Day holiday weekend with a 6 p.m. kickoff against Florida Tech on September 3.

Newberry hosts 2015 South Atlantic Conference champions Catawba on Saturday, October 1, at 6 p.m. That day will also feature the traditional Oktoberfest in downtown Newberry.

Homecoming will be at 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 15, when the Wolves welcome Carson-Newman to town.

The Battle for the Bishops Trophy will see Newberry host Lutheran rivals Lenoir-Rhyne on Saturday, October 29. Newberry will also have home games for volleyball, women’s soccer and men’s soccer that day – all against Lenoir-Rhyne.

The home slate wraps up on Saturday, November 12, against Wingate.
In addition to the six home games, two road games are in the state of South Carolina (at North Greenville in Tigerville on September 17 and at Limestone in Gaffney on November 5).

ABOUT THE NEWBERRY WOLVES
Newberry staged a stellar finish to the 2015 regular season with four consecutive wins to qualify for the NCAA Division II playoffs for the second time in three seasons and the third time in school history.

The Wolves finished 7-5 overall and 4-3 in the South Atlantic Conference, which was good for fourth in the conference standings. Newberry was the seventh seed in Super Region II.

ABOUT THE VIRGINIA UNION PANTHERS
VUU also qualified for the NCAA Division II playoffs in 2015, marking the Panthers’ first NCAA postseason appearance in 24 seasons. The Panthers were the seventh seed in Super Region I.

Virginia Union finished the year with an overall record of 8-3 with a 6-1 record in the CIAA, placing second in the Northern Division.

SERIES HISTORY
The 2016 contest will be the second meeting between Newberry and Virginia Union. Newberry defeated the Panthers 55-7 in the season opener on September 3, 2005.

2016 SCHEDULE

Sept. 3

FLORIDA TECH

NEWBERRY

Sept. 10

VIRGINIA UNION

NEWBERRY

Sept. 17

at North Greenville

Tigerville

Sept. 24

at Tusculum *

Greeneville, Tenn.

Oct. 1

CATAWBA *

NEWBERRY

Oct. 8

at Mars Hill *

Mars Hill, N.C.

Oct. 15

CARSON-NEWMAN *

NEWBERRY

Oct. 22

at Brevard *

Brevard, N.C.

Oct. 29

LENOIR-RHYNE *

NEWBERRY

Nov. 5

at Limestone

Gaffney

Nov. 12

WINGATE *

NEWBERRY