SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - Tuesday, Savannah State announced that they’ve scheduled a football game for March. It will be the first football game since November 9, 2019, because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Tigers will face West Alabama, also the Tigers, in the Gulf Coast Challenge on March 13, 2021 at 5:00 P.M. EST.
Hosted by the Mobile Sports Authority, the third annual Gulf Coast Challenge will be played at Ladd-Peebles Stadium, and is being presented as the “Ultimate HBCU Experience”.
“We’re ecstatic to have the opportunity to play in the Gulf Coast Challenge against an elite opponent in West Alabama,” Savannah State Head Football Coach Shawn Quinn said in the release. “The Gulf South Conference is a premier league in NCAA Division II football, and we’re excited to test our squad against such a formidable opponent in the wonderful city of Mobile.”
“We are very excited as a program to be invited to play in the Gulf Coast Challenge, West Alabama Head Coach Brett Gilliland said in the release. “It will be a great opportunity to showcase our university in the city of Mobile and beyond. Most of all, we look forward to playing the game against a high-quality opponent.”
The Gulf Coast Challenge was originally scheduled for the fall 2020 season but was moved to the spring due to the pandemic after Morehouse College cancelled their fall schedule. Morehouse was set to take on Miles College originally.
Savannah State will also host a single home game on March 27. The opponent for the home game is to be announced later. The SIAC will not sponsor championship play in the spring for football, with the hopes of returning to regular action in the fall of 2021. Currently, the SIAC is not allowing fans at events.
The Tigers had a successful 2019 season, where they finished 7-3 overall and 5-0 in SIAC play. It was the first winning season since 1998, during the program’s first year back in NCAA Division II.
SSU didn’t have any fall athletics, and spring/winter sports have been delayed until March.