Thursday, April 21, 2011

W&J football schedule released

For a second-straight season, Washington & Jefferson College’s football team will play a pair of NCAA Division III playoff teams in the first month of the season. This year, both games will be played at Cameron Stadium.
W&J, last year’s ECAC Division III Southwest Bowl Champions, opens its season in central Pennsylvania on Sept. 3 at Juniata with a 1 pm kickoff.
The Presidents and Eagles have not met since the 1989 season opener, a 20-0 W&J victory. The two schools also met in the season openers in 1984 (a 28-24 W&J win) and 1988 (a 13-13 tie). Juniata leads the all-time series, 3-2-1.
The second and final installment of the “PAC-MAC Challenge Series” will be at Cameron Stadium on Sept. 10, when the Presidents host Delaware Valley in a 1:30 p.m. game. The Aggies blanked the Presidents, 27-0, last fall in Doylestown.
W&J travels to Bethany on Sept. 17 for the only night game on the schedule (7 p.m.). The last time W&J played only one night game was in the 2004 season.
Three-time defending PAC Champion Thomas More comes to Washington on Sept. 24 for a 1:30 p.m. kickoff. The Saints have beaten the Presidents three consecutive years by a combined 21 points. Buffalo State is the last team to defeat W&J four consecutive seasons from 1996-99.
W&J plays PAC games at Westminster (1 p.m.) Oct.1 and Saint Vincent Oct. 8. The Presidents host Geneva for Homecoming Day on Oct. 22. The game against Geneva will be the first against the Golden Tornadoes as a member of the PAC. They had been on provisional status.
Grove City hosts the Presidents on Oct. 29 (1:30 p.m.) and W&J ends the season with home games against Thiel (1:30 p.m.) Nov. 5 and Waynesburg (1:30 p.m.) Nov. 12.
W&J ranks third among NCAA Division III football programs with 675 victories. The Presidents have 27 consecutive winning seasons, the fourth-longest active streak in NCAA Division III and eighth among all divisions. Head coach Mike Sirianni enters his ninth season with a 79-14 overall record (.849).

2011 Schedule
Date Opponent Time
Sept. 3 at Juniata 1 pm
Sept. 10 Delaware Valley 1:30 p.m.
Sept. 17 at Bethany* 7 p.m.
Sept. 24 Thomas More* 1:30 p.m.
Oct. 1 at Westminster* 1 p.m.
Oct. 8 at Saint Vincent* 1 p.m.
Oct. 15 Bye
Oct. 22 Geneva* 2 p.m.
Oct. 29 at Grove City* 1:30 p.m.
Nov. 5 Thiel* 1:30 p.m.
Nov. 12 Waynesburg* 1:30 p.m.
*PAC games


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