Wichita, Kansas and Sioux City, Iowa - The Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) and the Great Plains Athletic Conference(GPAC) football coaches and commissioners are preparing for year two of the KCAC/GPAC Football Challenge this weekend (Sept. 3). The GPAC will host the games for 2016 and one game of the challenge will be played on September 10 (McPherson at Dordt).
The conferences paired teams based on their conference finishes in 2014 for this years challenge.
The challenge is contracted through 2018, with the 2017 games at the KCAC and 2018 at the GPAC. The games next year (2017) will be based off the standings of 2016 and 2018 will be based off the 2017 final standings in each league.
"From day one our administrators and coaches were on-board to make this work. The fans of the NAIA and our two leagues are in for some outstanding small college football once again this year" declared Corey Westra, GPAC Commissioner.
One of the primary intents of the scheduling arrangement is to ease overall scheduling for teams from both conferences.
"Speaking on behalf of the KCAC and its member institutions, we look forward to seeing the teams compete on the field again in 2016. It will be a great reward following the hard work and collaboration of coaches and sports chairs from each league," commented Dr. Scott Crawford, KCAC Commissioner.
2016 Matchups and Gametimes:
Ottawa at Morningside, 1pm
Sterling at Northwestern, 1pm
Friends at Doane, 1pm
Tabor at Dakota Wesleyan, 1pm
Saint Mary at Concordia, 1pm
Kansas Wesleyan at Briar Cliff, 1pm (Dakota Dome)
Bethel at Midland, 3pm
Bethany at Hastings, 4pm
McPherson at Dordt, 1pm ***
*** - This matchup was to be McPherson vs. Nebraska Wesleyan, but it will now be Dordt vs. McPherson and will be played on Saturday, September 10.
"This is what the NAIA is about, two conferences working together to make each other stronger and this alliance is not only good for our two conferences but for all of NAIA football," said Westra.
Crawford and Westra agree the two conferences have emerged as strong leagues in the NAIA and cross matching the teams on an annual basis will be exciting for the players, coaches, fans, and institutions of the KCAC and the GPAC
The GPAC was 9-1 in the KCAC/GPAC Challenge in 2015.
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