Football Announces 2018 Schedule
GLASSBORO, NJ – The Rowan University football team announced its 2018 schedule on Monday. "Not since the late 90's have we played more night games than day games," said 17th-year head coach Jay Accorsi. "Our 2018 schedule has us playing six out of 10 games at night. We open up at Widener University on a Thursday night and conclude the season against Kean University on a Friday night." The Profs have five games at Coach Richard Wackar Stadium and five on the road. Nine of the 10 contests are New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) games. Last year, Rowan finished with a 4-6 record and a 3-6 mark in the NJAC. "Like last year, we will be young and a bit inexperienced at the quarterback position where two freshmen rose to the top in the spring," commented Accorsi. "The offense will be led by senior running back tri-captain Anthony Diorio who looks to pick up where he left off at the beginning of last year. Defensive captains, cornerback Travelle Curry and end Kevin Stokes will lead a more experienced group. The question remains who will replace graduated record holder kicker Tyler Knighton." The football team starts the season at Widener University on Thursday, Aug. 30. The Profs shut out the Pride, 6-0 last year. Rowan travels to Southern Virginia University for the NJAC opener on Saturday, Sept. 8. In 2017, the Profs defeated the Knights, 28-19. This is Southern Virginia's last season in the conference. The first home game, Saturday Night Lights, is against William Paterson University on Saturday, Sept. 15. Rowan won 41-14 over the Pioneers in Wayne last season. The Profs are on the road the following week at Frostburg State University on Saturday, Sept. 22. The Bobcats ended the year with an 11-2 record and they were 8-1 in the conference. They advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship Tournament. On Family Weekend/Greek Tailgate Night, Rowan plays Christopher Newport University on Saturday, Sept. 29. The football team travels to The College of New Jersey on Saturday, Oct. 13. The Profs host defending conference champion Wesley College on Saturday, Oct. 20, which is Homecoming. The Wolverines (10-2) received the NJAC automatic bid to the national tournament and made it to the second round. They were undefeated in the conference with a 9-0 mark. The football team is home for the Profs Go Purple for Domestic Violence Awareness Game against Salisbury University on Saturday, Oct. 27. The Sea Gulls had a 7-4 record and they played in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Scotty Whitelaw Bowl. Rowan has a road game at Montclair State University on Saturday, Nov. 3. The football team's last regular season game is in Glassboro for Military Appreciation Night versus Kean University on Friday, Nov. 9. Last season, the Profs edged the Cougars, 28-27 in Union. "Last year, our conference had three teams compete in the postseason," said Accorsi. "Two teams made it to the NCAA Division III playoffs with another in an ECAC Bowl game. The NJAC will again be very competitive in 2018. Our only out of conference game against perennial power Widener will help us gauge where we are as we embark in conference play afterwards. There is never an easy game in the NJAC. It has become one of the toughest conferences in Division III football."
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