Newberry earned the No. 2 seed in Super Region 2, its highest seeding in school history, and will play host to seventh-seeded Tuskegee Saturday at 1:00 p.m. to begin the 2016 NCAA Division II Football Championship.
Newberry will be competing for the Division II Football Championship for the fourth time in its history and third time in the last four seasons. The team also earned playoff bids during the 2006, 2013, and 2015 seasons.
The Wolves, winners of a school-record 10 straight games, are ranked second in the region for the second consecutive week behind only North Alabama. A win over the Golden Tigers would assure Newberry a second-round home game on Nov. 26 against the winner of third-seeded Florida Tech and No. 6 seed North Greenville. Top seed North Alabama awaits the winner of No. 4 Valdosta State and No. 5 UNC Pembroke.
Newberry became the 16th team in South Atlantic Conference history to win the league with an undefeated mark in conference play with its thrilling come-from-behind win over Wingate Saturday night that dashed the Bulldogs’ postseason hopes. The 2016 season marks Newberry’s third conference championship, their first since 2008, and first outright league title since 2006.
North Greenville earned the program’s second trip to the NCAA Division-II playoffs on Sunday as it was selected as the sixth seed in Super Region II.
The Crusaders finished the season 7-4 with a schedule that was ranked tops in all of Division II football.
The Crusaders will open up the playoffs on the road against the third seeded Panthers of Florida Tech. It is the First meeting between the Crusaders and Panthers. FIT finished the regular season with an 8-2 record including and a 5-2 mark in the Gulf South Conference.
Game time between the Crusaders and Panthers is scheduled for Saturday November 19th. Time is tentatively scheduled for 1pm.