Greensboro, NC -- Guilford College Director of Athletics Marion Kirby and head coach Mike Ketchum announced the Quakers' football schedule for the upcoming 2004 season Wednesday. The 10-game slate features a school-record tying seven road games, plus six Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) contests. Guilford last played seven road contests in 1932.
The Quakers open the 2004 season with three straight road games, including the September 11 lid-lifter at Methodist. Guilford plays its first regular-season football meeting with Averett the following week in Danville, VA. A Guilford scrimmage opponent in recent years, the Cougars added varsity football in 2000 and posted their first winning season (5-4) in 2003. Guilford opens its ODAC slate at Hampden-Sydney September 25. The Tigers placed second in last year's conference standings and ranked 22nd in the final American Football Coaches' Association (AFCA) Division III Coaches' Poll.
Guilford opens its home season October 2 against Greensboro in the eighth annual Gate City Soup Bowl game between the crosstown rivals. The contest will benefit a local charity and also highlights Guilford's Homecoming Weekend. The Pride claimed a 13-7 victory in last year's meeting to take a 4-3 edge in the season series. After an October 9 non-conference game at Ferrum, Guilford returns home to host three-time defending ODAC champion Bridgewater. The Eagles reached the NCAA Division III semifinals last season and ranked fifth in the final AFCA poll.
The Bridgewater tilt marks the start of a five-week stretch of ODAC contests to end the season. Guilford plays three of its final four games on the road, including the November 13 finale with Emory & Henry. The Quakers' final home game November 6 against Catholic takes place during Guilford's Family Weekend.
Ketchum expects 41 letter winners, including 11 starters, back from last year's 2-8 club (1-5 ODAC) when his team arrives for practice August 16. The 2004 season marks the 98th football campaign in Guilford history.