August 4, 2016

MAC, Centennial To Continue Postseason Bowl Series

DelVal won the 2015 Centennial-MAC Bowl Series over Moravian
ANNVILLE, Pa. – Following a successful introduction in 2015, the Middle Atlantic and Centennial Conferences have announced the return of the Centennial-MAC Bowl Series for the 2016 postseason. The bowl games will take place on Saturday, Nov. 19 at locations to be determined following the final weekend of the regular season.

The bowl games will pit the top two teams from each conference that are not selected to the NCAA Division III Championship against each other. The top team from each conference that is not selected to the NCAA Championship will host the second best team from the opposing conference not moving on to NCAAs in one game of the series.

"In the first year of this series, we had two games that came down to the last seconds of play," said Executive Director of the MAC Ken Andrews. "Based on our long history with the Centennial Conference, we can anticipate two highly competitive games again this fall. As our conference schools become more familiar with the series, we expect fan turnout and excitement to increase."

Ticket prices will be $5 for adults and $2 for students. Special Olympics athletes and children under the age of six will be admitted for free.

"We hope that the second year of the Centennial-MAC Bowl Series lives up to the success of the inaugural season and continues to grow," said Executive Director of the Centennial Conference Steve Ulrich. "The opportunity to provide our football student-athletes with a postseason experience against quality competition from the MAC will cap our gridiron season for years to come."

The inaugural series saw the MAC earn two victories over the Centennial Conference. Delaware Valley hosted and defeated Moravian 20-16. Stevenson traveled to Muhlenberg in the second game, where the Mustangs won 14-9. Delaware Valley and Stevenson finished with identical 9-2 records.

The two conferences will continue to support the NCAA Division III Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) partnership with Special Olympics by donating 25 percent of ticket revenue generated during the Bowl Series to the organization. Giving back to local and regional communities not only adds to the comprehensive learning component of Division III, but also provides a venue for passion and service.

NCAA rules permit a conference-sponsored postseason tournament – one between teams that are not identified until the end of the preceding regular season – not to exceed one contest for any one institution.

More information will be available on Sunday, November 13, following the announcement of the 32-team NCAA Division III championship field.