Orange City, Iowa — Northwestern College and Head Football Coach Matt McCarty announced its schedule for the 2019 season, including its annual spring game held later this month.
The Red Raiders 2019 10-game schedule consists of five home and five road games against opponents that finished with a combined 60-50 record in 2018, good for a 55% win percentage. One of the Red Raider opponents, Morningside, qualified for the NAIA Football Championship Series where they eventually won the national title. Both Morningside (#1) and Dordt (#23) ended the season ranked in the top 25.
The Red Raiders 10-game slate begins with a non-conference home game against Valley City State on Sept. 7, a team they defeated on the road, 28-10, in 2018. Conference play then begins with back-to-back road games against Midland and Dakota Wesleyan on Sept. 14 and 21. Northwestern comes back to Korver Field the next week against University of Jamestown for Homecoming to close out the September schedule.
Following the bye week (Oct. 5), Northwestern travels to Sioux Center for a road match-up against Dordt, followed by another road game the next week against Concordia (Oct. 19). McCarty’s squad hosts Doane on the final Saturday of October and then makes it final road trip of the regular season as they head to Sioux City for a game against Briar Cliff.
Northwestern closes its season with home games against Hastings (Nov. 9) and defending champion Morningside (Nov. 16).
The Red Raiders finished the 2018 season with a 9-2 record, qualifying for the NAIA FCS for the second straight season. They ended the season ranked 12th in the coaches’ poll and return
April 27 Spring Scrimmage @ 7:30pm
Sept. 7 Valley City State (6-4) | 1pm
Sept. 14 @ Midland (7-4) | 1pm
Sept. 21 @ Dakota Wesleyan (2-9) | 1pm or 7pm
Sept. 28 University of Jamestown (3-8) 1:30 Homecoming
Oct. 5 Bye
Oct. 12 @ Dordt (7-3) | 1pm
Oct. 19 @ Concordia (3-7) 1pm
Oct. 26 Doane (6-4) 1pm
Nov. 2 @ Briar Cliff (6-5) 1pm
Nov. 9 Hastings (5-6) 1pm
Nov. 16 Morningside (15-0) 1pm Senior Day