Coming off a third straight NCAA Playoff appearance, the Lenoir-Rhyne Football Team has announced its 2022 schedule. The season kicks off on Saturday, September 3 against Virginia St. in the newly renovated Moretz Stadium. The Bears will play seven home games in the 2022 regular season, maximizing the opportunity to play between the bricks.
LR opens with Virginia St. at 6 p.m. on September 3 in a rematch of the 2021 season opener where LR handed VSU a 48-7 defeat. The game will be historic as the upgraded Moretz Stadium with its first significant stadium upgrade since 1989. The venue will feature an all-new home side of the stadium with new grandstands, a brand new press box, new LED lights, new concession stands and two new video boards. Moretz Stadium will also have a brand new stadium entrance for fans, upgraded restrooms and a new tunnel for the Bears field entrance. In terms of seating, LR offers five different seating options, three of which are premium. On top of general admission, there will be seat-back chairs for the Bears Club Reserved section, eight luxury suites along with a VIP Club Area by the team tunnel.
In one of the biggest regular season non-conference games in the recent history of LR Football, the Bears will host reigning National Champion Ferris St. on September 10. The Bulldogs are coming off a perfect 14-0 season and beat Valdosta St. 58-17 in the 2021 DII National Championship game.
LR will hit the road in week three and travel to Erskine on Sept. 17 in the first matchup between the two programs since 1951.
LR will host Carson-Newman (9/24), Limestone (10/8), Newberry (10/22), Wingate (10/29) and Tusculum (11/12) and will travel to take on UVA Wise (10/1), Barton (10/15) and Catawba (11/5) in SAC play this year.
This year is the first season a SAC Championship will take place. The championship is scheduled for Nov. 12 and will be the top team from the Piedmont and Mountain Divisions. If Lenoir-Rhyne finishes atop the Piedmont, they will take on the first-place team in the Mountain Division. The current opponent of Tusculum on Nov. 12 could shift depending on the standings at the end of the season.