Special to the Journal
They’re in! Albany State University football fans will get another chance to see their favorite team in gridiron action, as the Golden Rams received a berth in the NCAA Division II Football Championship playoffs. The Golden Rams (8-3) moved to No. 6 and will travel to Tigerville, SC to face the No. 3 North Greenville University Crusaders (9-2) on Saturday, Nov. 19. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at Younts Stadium on the NGU campus. The NCAA Division II Football Committee announced the field of 24 teams chosen to participate in the championship series on Sunday afternoon.
“The Golden Rams are very excited about the opportunity to extend our 2011 season. Two great teams will be in action for a shot at the national championship title on Saturday,” said Albany State Athletics Director Dr. Richard H. Williams. “The Ram Nation is ready for a great game!”
Tickets for the game are $15 for adults and $5 for K-12 and ASU students with valid school identification. All tickets for ASU fans will be sold at the gate on game day. No tickets will be sold in the Albany, Ga. area, Dr. Williams said.
The other Super Region Two first-round game features the No. 5 North Alabama Lions (8-2) against the No. 4 West Alabama Tigers (8-3). The No. 1 Delta State Statesmen and No. 2 Mars Hill Lions received first-round byes. The winner of the Albany State – North Greenville game will advance to the second round and play Mars Hill on Nov. 26 at the Ammons Family Athletic Center and Meares Stadium in Mars Hill, NC at 12 p.m., while the winner of the North Alabama – West Alabama game will face Delta State in Cleveland, MS.
The game marks ASU’s 13th overall appearance in the playoffs and the eighth consecutive appearance under head coach Mike White.
The 2011 championship game, which will be played Dec. 17, at Braly Municipal Stadium in Florence, Ala., will mark 26 consecutive years that North Alabama has hosted the Division II title game. The game will be broadcast live on ESPNU.