ANGOLA, Ind. -- The Trine University football team has released its 2018 schedule.
The 2018 season once again kicks off under the lights with a Thursday night contest against in-state rival Manchester. This year's edition will be played Aug. 30 in Fred Zollner Athletic Stadium. The Thunder and Spartans have opened the season with each other every year since 2006. Trine has won the last three meetings, including a 35-12 victory in last year's opener.
Following the season opener, Trine remains at home for another contest against Bluffton, another Heartland Collegiate Athletic Association foe. Trine won last season's meeting, 55-14, and the Beavers finished the year 4-6 overall.
The Thunder then travel to Plymouth, Wisc. to take on Lakeland University as part of the MIAA-NACC Challenge on Sept. 15. It will mark the third meeting between the two schools with Trine having a 2-0 all-time record against the Muskies.
After a bye week, Trine stays on the road and travels to Holland, Mich. to take on Hope College in the MIAA opener.
The conference slate includes home games against Alma, Albion and Adrian. The matchup against Alma will be Homecoming for Trine with the game slated for a 1 p.m. start on Oct. 6. In addition to the contest against Hope, the Thunder hit the road for conference contests against Olivet, conference newcomer, Finlandia and Kalamazoo in the regular-season finale.
Trine concluded last year with an undefeated regular season 10-0 (11-1 overall) and were the MIAA Champions. It marked the third time in program history that Trine posted an undefeated regular season (2017, 2010, 2008) and fourth MIAA Championship (2008, 2009, 2010, 2017). The Thunder produced one All-American, five All-Region performers and had 15 All-Conference selections, including sweeping the MIAA Offensive and Defensive "Players of the Year" awards.
The complete schedule is listed below.
|Aug. 30||MANCHESTER||7:30 p.m.|
|Sep. 8||BLUFFTON||1 p.m.|
|Sep. 15||Lakeland||2 p.m.|
|Sep. 29||Hope *||5 p.m.|
|Oct. 6||ALMA *!||1 p.m.|
|Oct. 13||Olivet *||1 p.m.|
|Oct. 20||Finlandia *||TBA|
|Oct. 27||ALBION *||1 p.m.|
|Nov. 3||ADRIAN *||1 p.m.|
|Nov. 10||Kalamazoo *||1 p.m.|
ALL CAPS denotes HOME event
! denotes Homecoming
* denotes MIAA conference game
All kickoff times EST/EDT