The Lenoir-Rhyne Football Team, fresh off its trip to the NCAA Division II National Championship game last December, released its 2014 schedule. The Bears will play five games at Moretz Stadium this fall including the season opener against Point on Saturday, September 6, at 7:00 p.m.
The season opener will be the first-ever meeting between Lenoir-Rhyne and Point, an NAIA school out of West Point, Ga.
Lenoir-Rhyne's first road game of the year takes place against Virginia State on September 13, at 2:00 p.m., in Ettrick, Va. The Bears and Trojans will be meeting for the first time as well. Virginia State finished 9-1 overall in 2013 and won the CIAA Northern Division Championship.
The rest of the Bears' non-league schedule includes their Homecoming game against North Greenville (Saturday, October 11, at 2:00 p.m.) and Alderson Broaddus (November 8, at Noon in Philippi, W.Va.).
L-R opens South Atlantic Conference play on Saturday, September 20, against Wingate at 1:30 p.m., in Wingate, N.C.
Lenoir-Rhyne also plays league contests on the road against Brevard (October 4 at 6:00 p.m.), Newberry (October 18 at 4:00 p.m.) and Carson-Newman (November 1 at 1:00 p.m.).
Both Newberry (9-3) and Carson-Newman (10-3) earned berths to the postseason last year as well while the Wolves and the Bears play for the Bishops Trophy, the annual game sponsored by the ELCA and started in 1987 between the two Lutheran schools in North and South Carolina.
The Eagles and the Bears are familiar foes, having faced each other four times in the last two seasons including twice in the NCAA Division II Playoffs.
In SAC play, Lenoir-Rhyne also hosts Tusculum (September 27, at 7:00 p.m., for Family Weekend) and Mars Hill (October 25, at 2:00 p.m.) and faces Catawba, its oldest rival, on Senior Day in the regular season finale at home. The last regular season contest of the year is scheduled for Saturday, November 15, at 2:00 p.m.
Lenoir-Rhyne (13-2) made its fourth trip to the national championship game in school history last fall but fell to unbeaten Northwest Missouri State (15-0), 43-28.
The Bears also set a school record for wins in single season, finished the year ranked No. 2 in NCAA Division II and won a third straight South Atlantic Conference Championship. L-R is coached by Ian Shields, who was hired on January 14, 2014, after spending five years as Army's Offensive Coordinator.
2014 Lenoir-Rhyne Football Schedule
Sept. 6 Point, 7 p.m.
Sept. 13 @ Virginia State, 2 p.m.
Sept. 20 @ #Wingate, 1:30 p.m.
Sept. 27 #Tusculum (Family Weekend), 7 p.m.
Oct. 4 @ #Brevard, 6 p.m.
Oct. 11 North Greenville (Homecoming), 2 p.m.
Oct. 18 @ #Newberry, 4 p.m.
Oct. 25 #Mars Hill, 2 p.m.
Nov. 1 @ #Carson-Newman, 1 p.m.
Nov. 8 @ Alderson Broaddus, Noon
Nov. 15 #Catawba, 2 p.m.
#-Denotes South Atlantic Conference Games