2012 Football Schedule Released

2012 Football Schedule Released

Apprentice School Athletic Director Keisha Pexton and Head Football Coach Paul Hoffmann released the 2012 football schedule for the Builders on Friday.  The team will have ten games, with four on the home field.

"Our staff is anxiously recruiting players and preparing to meet the challenges this schedule presents.  The returning players are working extremely hard in the weight room to tackle this slate," said Hoffmann.

The season opener will be at home this year as the Builders host first-time opponent Muhlenberg College from Allentown, Pa.  The Mules are members of the Centennial Conference and finished 7-3 last season under head coach Mike Donnelly.  Apprentice School has only faced Ursinus College from the Centennial Conference in its football history.

On September 8, the Builders will start the first of three straight road games as they travel to Baltimore, Md. and face Coppin State University.  This marks the first football meeting between the schools as the baseball teams have faced each other in the early 1990s.

The following week will be the third straight year the Builders have faced the Pride of Greensboro College, with this meeting being at Jameson Stadium in Greensboro, N.C.  Apprentice School has won the past two meetings with Greensboro, both by a 9-7 score.  This will be a battle of first-year head coaches as the Pride is now headed by Bill Young and the game will be the home opener for Greensboro College.

On September 22, the Builders will visit Washington, D.C. to face the Bison of Gallaudet University in a 5 pm kickoff at Hotchkiss Field on the Gallaudet campus.  Last year, Gallaudet came to Newport News and recorded a 14-3 win on a dreary September Saturday at Apprentice Field.  The Bison are members of the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference and the Builders have faced SUNY Maritime from that conference before.

The Builders return home for their biggest event of the season – Homecoming and Trades Day – when they'll host in-state powerhouse Bridgewater College on September 29.  Last year, these teams faced off in Bridgewater where the Eagles won 57-13.  Bridgewater, a member of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, finished the 2011 season at 6-4 under the leadership of 18th-year head coach Michael Clark.

To start October, the Builders will get a chance to play a game on the field that hosts the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl – the national title game for NCAA Division III as they'll face in-state rival Southern Virginia University on October 5.  The Knights, who finished 4-7 in 2011, fell 23-21 to the Builders on October 22 in Newport News.  This is normally a tightly-contested game as the last three meetings between SVU and the Apprentice School have been decided by a combined eight points.

After a bye week, the Builders return to the home field to face the Pioneers of Alfred State College from Alfred, N.Y.  This is a rematch of the 2010 season opener in which the Pioneers scored a 22-6 victory over the Builders.   Alfred State is coached by Mick Caba who is in his 12th season at the helm of the Pioneers and they finished 6-4 in 2011.

Another first-time opponent hits the schedule on October 27 as the Builders will travel to Valley, Alabama to face Point University at Ram Stadium.  Point, a NAIA school located in southwestern Georgia, is a first-year varsity program that is under the leadership of head coach Kevin Porter.

To start November, the Builders will face long-time opponent Wesley College in Dover, Delaware.  The Wolverines made the NCAA Division III National Semifinals where they lost to perennial powerhouse Mount Union University.  Wesley finished 12-2 under the leadership of long-time head coach Mike Drass.

The season-ending game will take place at Apprentice Field on November 10 when the Builders host NAIA member Webber International University.  These teams have faced each other the last four years with the Warriors winning all four.  Webber finished last year 4-6 under the tutelage of head coach Kelly Scott.

2012 Apprentice School Schedule

Sept. 1

MUHLENBERG COLLEGE

HOME

1 pm

8

at Coppin State University

Baltimore, MD

1 pm

15

at Greensboro College

Jameson Stadium/Greensboro, NC

1 pm

22

at Gallaudet University

Hotchkiss Field/Washington, DC

5 pm

29

BRIDGEWATER COLLEGE

(Trades Day/Homecoming)

HOME

1 pm

Oct. 5

at Southern Virginia University

Salem Stadium/Salem, VA

3 pm

20

ALFRED STATE COLLEGE

HOME

1 pm

27

at Point University (GA)

Ram Stadium/Valley, AL

1 pm

Nov. 3

at Wesley College

Miller Field/Dover, DE

1 pm

10

WEBBER INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY

HOME

1 pm