The Edward Waters Tigers will play an 11-game football schedule which will feature eight contests against NCAA Division II teams. Seven of the scheduled eight NCAA Division II contests feature games versus teams from the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC), one of the nation’s two HBCU D-II football conferences’ and the NCAA Division II leader in football attendance. In addition, the 2019 EWC football slate boasts contests against two Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) teams, and one NAIA program.
“We are excited to usher in this new era of HBCU branded Tiger football at EWC here on the First Coast ”, said EWC President & CEO, Dr. A. Zachary Faison, Jr.
Edward Waters will play five home contests in 2019 against bevy of notable and tradition rich HBCUs including a home opener versus Morehouse College (September 7), Allen University (October 12 - EWC's Homecoming & The Inaugural AME Classic), defending SIAC champion Miles College (October 19), a Halloween Thursday night affair against perennial SIAC powerhouse Tuskegee University (October 31), and the renewal of a bitter and storied rivalry with Savannah State University (November 9).
The Tigers face a challenging road schedule beginning with the Jaguars of Southern University of the SWAC (September 14), at Lane College (September 21), at CIAA member school Shaw University (September 28), at Central State University (October 5), at Kentucky State University (October 26) and finally culminate the season on the road versus SWAC member Prairie View A&M University (November 16).
The Purple & Orange will play an exclusively HBCU schedule in 2019 which is sure to excite not only the players and coaches, but the entire EWC and Jacksonville community many of whom have been clamoring for a heightened HBCU brand of football throughout years past.
“Our program is overjoyed to bring President Faison’s vision for Tiger Football into fruition in the form of our 2019 football schedule”, remarked Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Stanley B. Cromartie. “For years, our fans have been begging to have more of an HBCU experience at our football games complete with marching band battles and all of the things that make HBCU football a unique one-of-a-kind showcase.”
Not only will there be battles on the football field, but in the stands as well as the Edward Waters “Triple Threat Marching Band” will welcome challenges from other HBCU bands both at home and on the road. When asked about the 2019 football schedule, EWC Director of Bands, Mr. Kedrick Redding replied,
“For our marching band, going up against SIAC competition opens up a floodgate of new student recruitment opportunities and this new HBCU schedule is something that we have wished for since I arrived here, at EWC. Other HBCU bands have been put on notice, the Triple Threat Marching Band will take no prisoners during the upcoming band season!”, said Mr. Redding.
2019 Edward Waters Football Schedule
|September 7th||Morehouse College||Jacksonville, Florida|
|September 14th||Southern University||Baton Rouge, Louisiana|
|September 21st||Lane College||Jackson, Tennessee|
|September 28th||Shaw University||Raleigh, North Carolina|
|October 5th||Central State University||Wilberforce, Ohio|
|October 12th||*Allen University||Jacksonville, Florida|
|October 19th||Miles College||Jacksonville, Florida|
|October 26th||Kentucky State University||Frankfort, Kentucky|
|October 31st||Tuskegee University||Jacksonville, Florida|
|November 9th||Savannah State University||Jacksonville, Florida|
|November 16th||Prairie View A&M University||Prairie View, Texas|
*Homecoming 2019/Inaugural AME Classic