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Blazers face long road in 2004

January 28, 2004

Valdosta- While Albany State will not open their season against Valdosta State, the annual south Georgia showdown will be the season opener for Chris Hatcher's Blazers.

The Blazers, who have made four straight trips to the NCAA D-II playoffs, start the 2004 season with two road games.

After their September 4th season opener at Albany State,  Valdosta State plays their Gulf South Conference opener the next week at Ouachita Baptist.

The home opener will be the following week on September 18th against Harding with kickoff at seven o'clock in the newly renovated Bazemore-Hyder Stadium

The Bisons of Harding and Henderson State return to the Valdosta State schedule this season with  Arkansas-Monticello and Arkansas Tech rotating off.

The Harding game is also one of only four games for the Blazers will play at home.

Delta State, West Alabama and Southern Arkansas are also coming to Valdosta State while the Blazers will travel to Central Arkansas, Henderson State, North Alabama and West Georgia.

Blazer fans may notice their team will play only ten regular season games for the first time since 1992.

That is because the NCAA D-II playoffs will expand to 24 teams this season and will start one week earlier.

 

Valdosta State 2004 Football Schedule

   Date               Opponent    Time
 Sept. 4th   at Albany St.  7pm

Sept. 11th

  at Ouachita Baptist*  8pm

Sept. 18th

   Harding*  7pm
Sept. 25th   at Central Arkansas*  7pm
Oct. 2nd   Delta St.*  1pm
Oct. 9th  at Henderson St.*  4pm
Oct. 16th  West Alabama* +  1pm
Oct.  23rd  at North Alabama*  7pm
Oct. 30th  Southern Arkansas*  1pm
Nov. 6th  at West Georgia  7pm

* Gulf South Conference games

All times are eastern
+ Homecoming and subject to change

posted at 6:45pm by roberth@walb.com

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