Greensboro, NC (8/2/06) -- Guilford College opens its 100th recorded season of football September 2 against visiting Ferrum College in nonconference action. The Quakers' 2006 football schedule includes four home games and six Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) contests. All games begin at 1:00 p.m and tickets for Guilford home games cost $5 (general admission) and $8 (reserved).
The Ferrum game marks the first in Guilford's renovated Armfield Athletic Center. Since the Quakers' last home game of 2005, the on-campus stadium has received $1.15 million worth of renovations and new construction. The project includes a new press box furnished with public rest-rooms, new permanent chair-back seating and a new scoreboard. The press box will be dedicated as part of Guilford's busy Homecoming weekend Sept. 29-Oct. 1. The festivities also include the naming of the Armfield Athletic Center field for long-time Guilford coach and administrator Dr. Herb Appenzeller and the 10th annual Gate City Soup Bowl football game with Greensboro College.
Guilford hosts five-time defending ODAC champion Bridgewater October 14 and closes its home slate Nov. 4 against league-rival Catholic University. The Quakers' six-game road slate features league matchups with Hampden-Sydney (Sept. 23) and Washington and Lee (Oct. 21), the two teams with whom Guilford shared second place in the 2005 ODAC standings.
Second-year head coach Kevin Kiesel returns 24 letter winners from last season's club that won its last four games to post a 5-5 overall record, Guilford's best since 1997. The Quakers welcome back 11 starters from its 2005 team, including All-America receiver Chris Barnette and sophomore quarterback Josh Vogelbach, the reigning ODAC Rookie of the Year.
Guilford played its first football game in 1893, but did not field a varsity team in 1894 or from 1905-1915. World War II contributed to the postponement of the 1943 and 1944 football campaigns, but the Quakers have sponsored football teams in each of the last 61 years.