NEWBERRY — Newberry College and head football coach Todd Knight have released the Wolves’ 2014 playing schedule. Newberry will host five home games at historic Setzler Field in the 101st season of intercollegiate football for the scarlet and gray.
Newberry plays seven South Atlantic Conference contests, three Division II independents and one Division I opponent next season and will look for a repeat NCAA Division II Playoff appearance after going 9-3 in 2013 with a SAC record of 5-2. Kickoff times, ticket prices and promotional dates for the schedule will be released later in the spring.
Sept. 6 at Charleston Southern
Newberry will open the season with the first half of a home-and-home series with the Charleston Southern Buccaneers from the Division I Big South Conference. The two-game contract will renew a series which been dormant since the 1999 season. Newberry holds a 7-1 lead in the all-time series and won the last six meetings between the two schools. CSU had one of its best seasons in program history in 2013 with a 10-3 record.
Sept. 13 — Limestone
The Wolves open their home schedule against Division II newcomers Limestone, who will be playing just their second collegiate game ever. Limestone will enter into a four-year scheduling agreement following the 2014 season, meaning the Wolves and Saints are already scheduled to meet for five consecutive years.
Sept. 20 — Catawba
South Atlantic Conference play will start with the Catawba Indians at home. Catawba holds a 37-36-3 lead in the all-time series, which the Wolves will look to even up this season after shutting out Catawba in Salisbury to start conference play in 2013.
Sept. 27 at Mars Hill
The Wolves snapped a five-game losing streak to Mars Hill in 2013 and now the Lions have a 28-15 lead in the series. Newberry’s last trip to the mountains of North Carolina saw the Wolves’ four-game winning streak to start the 2012 season snapped.
Wingate* — Oct. 4
Newberry returns home to host the Wingate Bulldogs on October 4. The Wolves defeated Wingate 42-28 last season and the Bulldogs’ series lead is now 13-11.
Oct. 11 at Tusculum
One of Newberry’s most evenly matched series in program history will take place on October 11 in Greeneville, Tenn. The Wolves and Tusculum Pioneers are now standing at an 8-8 deadlock in the all-time series after Newberry’s 44-9 Homecoming rout last season.
Oct. 18 — Lenoir-Rhyne
The annual Battle for the Bishops Trophy will also be the Homecoming game for Newberry this season, as the Wolves host defending national runners-up Lenoir-Rhyne. L-R handed Newberry its first loss of the season last year in Hickory and has a 43-30-7 lead in the all-time series.
Oct. 25 at UNC Pembroke
The Wolves continue their in-region non-conference rivalry with the Braves of UNC Pembroke for the fourth season. UNC Pembroke leads the series 2-1 after Newberry defeated the Braves while they were in the top 10 nationally last year.
Nov. 1 at Brevard
The Wolves head back to the mountains of North Carolina to take on Brevard College’s Tornados. Newberry scratched out a tougher than expected 28-21 win over Brevard last season to move the program record against BC to 7-1.
Nov. 8 — Carson-Newman
Revenge will be on the Wolves’ mind in the home finale, as two of the three losses in 2013 came to Carson-Newman’s Eagles. C-N now has a 30-20 lead in the all-time series after a pair of victories in Mossy Creek last year, including the first round of the NCAA Division II Playoffs.
Nov. 15 at North Greenville
The regular season comes to a close in Tigerville, as the Wolves will head to Younts Stadium to battle the Crusaders of North Greenville. Newberry now has a 10-2 lead in the non-conference series after last season’s dominating 55-21 win at Setzler Field