NEWPORT NEWS, VA. –Apprentice School Athletic Director Keisha Pexton and Head Football Coach Paul Hoffmann released the 2013 football schedule for the Builders on Thursday. The team will play 10 games, evenly split between home and away with all games scheduled for a 1 pm kickoff.
The Builders will open the season with the first two games on the road. September 7 they'll travel to Allentown, Pa. to face the Mules of Muhlenberg College. Last year these teams opened the season in Newport News and Muhlenberg scored a 27-7 win as they finished 8-3 and won the ECAC South Atlantic Bowl game.
On September 14, the Builders head to Washington, DC to tangle with the Bison of Gallaudet University at Hotchkiss Field for the second year in a row. Last year the Builders fell 35-7 to Gallaudet who finished the year at 7-3 and were 5-2 in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference.
Apprentice School will hit the home turf for the first time on September 21 when they host Greensboro College. The Pride edged the Builders 20-13 in Greensboro last season and had a 5-5 record on the year. Both teams have won five games in this series which dates back to 1997.
They'll end the month of September in Alfred, NY as they will face with the Pioneers of Alfred State College. Apprentice School survived a high-scoring affair with Alfred State last year for a 35-21 win in Newport News. The Pioneers are a NCAA Division III provisional member and finished with a 5-4 record.
October will begin with the 17th annual Trades Day game as the Builders will face Coppin State University from Baltimore, Md. Last year the Builders rolled to a 60-7 win over the Eagles at Coppin State who finished the season with an 8-2 mark. This game will also serve as the 2013 Homecoming game.
Following an open week, the Builders will have the first of two games this season with in-state rival Southern Virginia University. The first game will be in Buena Vista on October 19. Last year, SVU scored in the final two minutes to take a 20-14 victory over the Builders. The last four meetings between these teams have been decided by a total of 14 points. Apprentice School will host the Knights on November 2 at Apprentice Field.
In between the games with Southern Virginia, the Builders will host first-time opponent Edward Waters College of Jacksonville, Fl. This will be the first-ever meeting in any sport between the Builders and the Tigers. Edward Waters finished last year with a 5-5 record and are members of the NAIA.
On November 9 the Builders will head south to Lake Wales, Fl. to face the Warriors of Webber International University. The Warriors edged the Builders last season 13-12 in the 2012 finale at Apprentice School. Webber International finished 4-6 on the season last year.
The season will close on November 16 with another first-time opponent as the Gyrenes of Ave Maria University come to Apprentice Field for Senior Day. Ave Maria, from Ave Maria, Fl., is a fellow U.S. Collegiate Athletic Association member who is in its third season of football. The Gyrenes finished with a 1-7 record in 2012.
Apprentice School finished the 2012 season with a 2-8 record under Hoffmann. For more information on Apprentice School athletics, visit www.gobuilders.com.