WINCHESTER — For the first time in 20 seasons, the Shenandoah University football team will play eight league games as the school announced its fall schedule on Monday.
The addition of Southern Virginia as a football-only member pushes the ODAC to nine teams for the coming season. SU will host Southern Virginia on Oct. 5 at 7 p.m.
Scott Yoder's club opens play on Sept. 7 with a 1 p.m. clash against Methodist at Shentel Stadium. The Hornets then travel to North Carolina Wesleyan (noon) on Sept. 14 before opening ODAC play at home against Bridgewater on Sept. 21 in a 7 p.m. clash. They close out the month with a trip to Guilford (1 p.m.) on Sept. 28.
After hosting Southern Virginia, SU travels to Randolph-Macon (1 p.m.) on Oct. 12 and Hampden-Sydney (1 p.m.) on Oct. 19. SU finishes off the month by hosting Emory & Henry (1 p.m.) on Oct. 26.
SU travels to Ferrum (1 p.m.) on Nov. 2 before getting a bye week. The Hornets conclude the regular season on Nov. 16 at Washington & Lee (1 p.m.).
Shenandoah is coming off a 5-5 season and must replace record-setting quarterback Hayden Bauserman.
"We are going to have to get right after it because the ODAC schedule starts a week earlier this year," Yoder said in a news release. "Methodist and N.C. Wesleyan are going to provide us a pair of good contests to get ready for the league schedule and playing 10 consecutive weeks gives us a chance to get into a good rhythm."