SALISBURY -The Livingstone College Department of Athletics has released its 2018 football schedule. Livingstone will play 10 games during the 2018 season, seven on the road and three at home. The schedule features three non-conference games.
The Blue Bears kick off the 2018 season on the road on August 30, in the first of three straight non-conference games. Livingstone will roam in Pikeville, Kentucky, to take on the Bears of the University of Pikeville on Thursday night for a 7 p.m., kickoff. This is the first time these two schools have met. “UPIKE” is a member of the Mid-South Conference.
The following week, Livingstone will travel to Jackson, Tennessee to face the Dragons of Lane College of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference on Sept. 8.
The final non-conference game of the Blue Bears' away contests will be against Hornets of Allen University. Allen University dropped its football program in 2006, revamped its program in January 2018. This game is scheduled for Sept. 15.
Livingstone, which went 0-10 overall and 0-7 in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association last year, will open CIAA play and its first home game in Salisbury, North Carolina, in a CIAA cross-over game on September 22, in Alumni Memorial Stadium taking on the Lions of Lincoln University (PA), in its annual West End Classic.
The Blue Bears will hit the road again to Richmond, Virginia on September 29, to take on the Panthers of Virginia Union University in its second CIAA cross-over game of the season.
The Blue Bears will return home to celebrate “Homecoming”, on Oct. 6 and will face off against the Falcons of Saint Augustine’s University and to close out the its 2018 home season the Blue Bears will host Shaw University for Senior Day, Oct. 13. Game times have yet to be set.
Livingstone's will be on the road for three straight CIAA southern division conference games, and will be on a “homecoming tour” for two of the opponents. First, LC will visit Winston-Salem State University on Oct. 20, and then back on the bus to Fayetteville State University on Oct. 27 to take on the Broncos.
To close out the 2018 gridiron season on Nov. 3 the Blue Bears visit arch-rival Johnson C. Smith University. Dubbed as The Commemorative Classic, Livingstone and JCSU became the first two black college football teams to play an organized game when they met on Livingstone's front lawn on Dec. 27, 1892.
On Nov. 10, the CIAA Southern and Northern division winners will compete for the league title. The time and location for the game will be determined by conference officials.
Locations are subject to change and game times will be announced at a later date.
|Aug. 30||Pikeville||Pikeville, KY||7pm|
|Sept. 8||Allen||Columbia, SC||TBA|
|Sept. 15||Lane||Jackson, TN||TBA|
|Sept. 22||Lincoln (Pa.) (West End Classic)||Salisbury, NC||TBA|
|Sept. 29||Virginia Union||Richmond, VA||TBA|
|Oct. 6||Saint Augustine's (Homecoming)||Salisbury, NC||TBA|
|Oct. 13||Shaw||Salisbury, NC||TBA|
|Oct. 20||Winston-Salem State||Winston-Salem, NC||TBA|
|Oct. 27||Fayetteville State||Fayetteville, NC||TBA|
|Nov. 3||Johnson C. Smith||Charlotte, NC||TBA|
|Nov. 10||CIAA Championship||Durham, NC||TBA|