Division II has announced 18 regular-season football games that will be showcased on ESPN3 or NCAA social media as part of a media agreement intended to promote the division on several platforms throughout the academic year. The Lenoir-Rhyne vs. Wingate game on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 2 p.m. at Moretz Stadium has been selected as a National Game of the Week to be broadcast on ESPN3 and the ESPN App.
"This is big for our program," said American Football Coaches Association National Coach of the Year Drew Cronic. "It helps with recruiting and getting the Lenoir-Rhyne name out there on a national level. We also get to showcase our conference in what will be a really exciting game. It'll be a great experience for our coaches, players and fans and we're looking forward to it."
The L-R vs. Wingate rivalry produced a pair of classic games in 2018, with the Bears coming out victorious in both. The Bears went to Wingate on Sept. 22 and came away with a 31-24 win thanks to a fourth-quarter goal-line stand that secured the victory. The two would meet again, this time in the second round of the NCAA playoffs, with L-R pulling out a 21-17 win over the Bulldogs thanks to a last-minute trick play to win the game. Often described as the Miracle at Moretz, a double-reverse flea flicker led to a 32-yard touchdown pass from Grayson Willingham to Riley McGee to send the Bears to the NCAA quarterfinals.
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