2016 football schedule released

BREVARD, N.C. – Head football coach Paul Hamilton announced Friday the 2016 schedule for his team, featuring 11 games against teams at virtually every level of the sport.

Brevard will travel to face Davidson for the season opener on Sept. 3, marking the seventh consecutive season that the Tornados have faced at least one Division I opponent. The Tornados fell 28-14 to Gardner-Webb in the team’s first game against a Division I team in 2010 and had a fourth-quarter drive derailed by an ineligible downfield receiver penalty at Western Carolina in 2014 that could have closed the Catamounts’ lead to seven points.

“We’re excited about playing a schedule this year that represents many different classifications of college football,” Hamilton remarked. “Certainly the opener against Davidson, another Division I program that we will face, will be an exciting challenge for our team.”

The Tornados’ second game will come a week later against Division III Emory & Henry, a team that went 6-4, including a win at Division I East Tennessee State, in 2015. Kickoff under the lights in Emory, Virginia will take place at 6:00 p.m.

“We have great respect for Emory & Henry and the job that they do as one of the top Division III programs in the South,” said Hamilton, “and we know they’ll be a tough opponent for us in our second game.

“We also know that playing our last year in the South Atlantic Conference that we will be facing some of the best football teams in all of Division II.”

Brevard’s conference slate begin in Week Three with the home opener against Wingate, with a home date against The Apprentice School, located in Newport News, Virginia and competing in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association, on tap for Sept. 24. It will mark the first back-to-back home games for Brevard since hosting Lenoir-Rhyne and Southern Virginia in October 2012.

Following the game against The Apprentice School, the Tornados will alternate between road and home matchups for the remainder of the season. Six of the final seven games occur against South Atlantic Conference competition, with the lone nonconference test coming against Division II independent Limestone on Oct. 15 in Gaffney, South Carolina.

Brevard will travel to Tusculum (Oct. 1) and Catawba (Oct. 29) in conference play in October while hosting a Homecoming bout with Carson-Newman on Oct. 8 and the Wolves of Newberry on Oct. 22. Senior Day will occur on Nov. 5 when the Tornados host Lenoir-Rhyne in the final home game of the season.

The 2016 slate concludes with a fitting end to the Division II era of Brevard football in the 25th all-time meeting between Brevard and Mars Hill. The Lions hold a 13-8-3 lead in a series dating back to 1934 and represent the team that Brevard has played more than any other on the gridiron.

2016 Brevard Football Schedule
Sept. 3 - at Davidson - TBA
Sept. 10 - at Emory & Henry - 6:00 p.m.
Sept. 17 - Wingate* - TBA
Sept. 24 - Apprentice School - TBA
Oct. 1 - at Tusculum* - TBA
Oct. 8 - Carson-Newman (Homecoming)* - TBA
Oct. 15 - at Limestone - 1:00 p.m.
Oct. 22 - Newberry* - TBA
Oct. 29 - at Catawba* - 1:30 p.m.
Nov. 5 - Lenoir-Rhyne (Senior Day)* - TBA
Nov. 12 - at Mars Hill* - TBA

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