JACKSONVILLE, Florida --Interim Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Stanley Cromartie has finalized and released the 2017 Edward Waters Tigers football schedule.
Head Coach Alvin B. Wyatt, Sr. and the Tigers will look to build on the momentum of a strong 2016 finish which saw EWC win three of its last four contests. The Tigers will be moving to the 20-team Mid-South Conference, the largest college football conference in the country, in 2017 as a football-only member and will have a nine game conference schedule and two non-conference contests.
Edward Waters will be a member of the MSC Sun Division, joining former Sun Conference rivals, Webber International, Warner, Southeastern, Ave Maria and new rival Faulkner, with the winner of the division earning an automatic bid to the NAIA Football Playoffs. A venue for Edward Waters home contests for 2017 will be announced at a later date.
EWC will wrap up September against MSC Sun Division and longtime foe, Ave Maria on September 30th in Naples, Florida at 12:00pm. This will be the seventh time that the Tigers and Gyrenes will meet on the field, with the series tied 3-3. Edward Waters defeated Ave Maria, 29-19 last season in Jacksonville.
Last year's scheduled meeting in Jacksonville was cancelled due to the affects of Hurricane Matthew. EWC will return to Jacksonville on October 21st at 4:30pm against MSC Sun Division opponent Warner University. Warner and EWC have played each other three previous times with the Tigers enjoying a 2-1 series advantage. The Royals picked up their first ever victory over EWC last season in Lake Wales, beating the Tigers 42-21. October will close with the purple and orange stepping out of conference for another exhibition contest on the 28th against the Disciples of the University of God's Chosen. EWC and UGC last played in 2015 with the Tigers demolishing the Disciples, 57-8.
The 2017 regular season will close on November 11th at 1:30pm in Alabama's state capital, Montgomery as Edward Waters will take on the Eagles of Faulkner University. This will be the first time the EWC and Faulkner have met since 2007 when the Tigers defeated the Eagles, 28-21 in Montgomery.
|Aug. 26||*Bethel||1:30pm||McKenzie, TN|
|Sept. 2||OPEN DATE|
|Sept. 9||*Bluefield||6:00pm||Bluefield, WV|
|Sept. 16||*Cumberland||4:30pm||Jacksonville, FL|
|Sept. 23||*Univ. of the Cumberlands||4:30pm||Jacksonville, FL|
|Sept. 30||*Ave Maria||12:00pm||Naples, FL|
|Oct. 7||^Univ. of Faith (Homecoming 2017)||3:00pm||Jacksonville, FL|
|Oct. 14||*Webber International||1:00pm||Lake Wales, FL|
|Oct. 21||*Warner||4:30pm||Jacksonville, FL|
|Oct. 28||^Univ. of God's Chosen||12:00pm||Jacksonville, FL|
|Nov. 4||*Southeastern||7:00pm||Jacksonville, FL|
|Nov. 11||*Faulkner||1:30pm||Montgomery, AL|
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