FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 13, 2012
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Glenville State College
Glenville, WV– Glenville State College athletic officials have released the schedule for the 2012 football season. The eleven game schedule includes only four home games and seven road contests. The Pioneers will be facing two opponents that were ranked in the final 2010 NCAA Division II poll.
Second-year Head Coach David Hutchison and his staff must find replacements for twenty-five seniors from last year’s squad that finished with a 5-6 record who have exhausted their eligibility for GSC.
“The 2012 schedule will be very challenging with seven road games including the top three teams in the WVIAC in 2011. Even though we lost so many seniors, we still return five offensive starters including QB Darold Hughes and four Offensive Lineman led by All American Mark Jackson.
We also return six defensive starters led by first team all WVIAC defensive linemen James Washington. Both the starting kicker and punter return as well. We are very excited about this year’s recruiting class. We were able to bring ten new players in for spring ball and over forty new guys will join us in the fall. Overall the class has a great balance of Division I transfers, junior college transfers, and high school players from West Virginia, Virginia, Washington D.C., and Florida. I believe this is the most talented group we have brought into Glenville during my four years on the staff,” said Hutchison.
The Pioneers open the 2012 season on Thursday, August 30th at 7:00 p.m. at Carson-Newman College of Tennessee (5-6). Last fall, the Pioneers lost to the Eagles 45-20 at Morris Stadium.
Fairmont State University will visit Glenville on Thursday, September 6th for a 7:00 p.m. game at Morris Stadium. The Pioneers handed the Falcons (7-4) a heartbreaking 36-30 overtime loss in 2011.
Another trip to Tennessee faces the Pioneers on Thursday, September 13th when they visit the University of Tennessee Chattanooga for a 7:00 p.m. kickoff. GSC lost to the NCAA Division I FCS Mocs 30-13 in 2010.
On Friday, September 21, Glenville will travel to St. Charles, Missouri near St. Louis to meet the Lions of Lindenwood University (8-3) at 7:00 p.m. Lindenwood is in transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II status. This will be the first ever meeting between the schools.
Saturday, September 29th will find the Pioneers at West Liberty University for a 1:00 p.m. game. GSC stomped the Hilltoppers (1-10) 41-13 last season.
A four-game road trip continues for the Pioneers on Saturday, October 6th as the G-Men visit Concord University for a 1:00 p.m. contest. The defending WVIAC Champion Mountain Lions (7-4) fell to GSC 14-3 last season in a thriller at Morris Stadium.
Glenville finally returns home on Saturday, October 13th when they host the Yellow Jackets of West Virginia State University. The Pioneers staged a second half comeback to defeat State (1-9) 30-23 last year.
The Pioneers travel to West Virginia Wesleyan College on Saturday, October 20th to battle the Bobcats at 1:00 p.m. Wesleyan is coming off of a banner year (9-2), which included a 50-37 victory over GSC.
The University of Charleston visits Morris Stadium on Saturday, October 27th for a 1:30 p.m. homecoming game with the Pioneers. The Golden Eagles defeated Glenville 46-36 last year as former Pioneer Assistant Pat Kirkland lead UC to a 5-6 record in his first year as head coach.
The final road trip of the season sends the Pioneers to Shepherd University on Saturday, November 3rd for a 12:00 p.m. kickoff. The Rams (9-2) knocked off Glenville 37-20 last season.
Glenville wraps up the regular season at home on Saturday, November 10th when they host Seton Hill University at 1:00 p.m. The Pioneers beat the Griffins (1-10) in a shootout last year 63-44.
The Pioneers will conclude spring practice on Thursday, April 19th with the annual Blue-White Spring Game at 6:00 p.m. at Morris Stadium.