Wesley To Host Hampden-Sydney in NCAA First Round

Wesley To Host Hampden-Sydney in NCAA First Round - Nov 11, 2007


DOVER, Del. - Wesley College earned its third consecutive trip to the NCAA Division III Football Championships and is seeded second in the South Region.  The Wolverines will host Hampden-Sydney in the tournament's first round on November 17.

Wesley advanced to the national semifinals in each of the past two seasons.

The Wolverines are 9-1 on the year and won their third straight Atlantic Central Football Conference (ACFC) Championship.  Hampden-Sydney, the South's seven seed, is 8-2 overall and won the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) title.

Wesley leads the all-time series 3-1, but the teams have not faced each other since the 1996 season.

The two teams shared one common opponent, Huntingdon (Ala.).  Wesley shut out the Hawks 28-0, while the Tigers captured a 34-21 win.

Other games in the South region include top seeded Washington & Jefferson (10-0) hosting North Carolina Wesleyan, who the Wolverines beat in the season opener.  A pair of Texas teams face off when fourth-seeded Mary Hardin-Baylor hostst Trinity.  The possiblity of a second round matchup with ACFC rival Salisbury also exists.  The Sea Gulls travel to three seed Muhlenberg in the first rounds.

One other team on Wesley's 2007 schedule also advanced to the playoffs, Widener, who travels to Case Western Reserve.

Seventeen states are represented in the championship field. New York leads with five teams; Ohio and Wisconsin have three teams each participating. Defending national champion, Mount Union College, is vying for their tenth championship since 1993. They captured the 2006 championship by defeating the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, 35-16.

Kickoff at Wolverine Stadium is set for noon.