From SWOSU Sports Info.
Doug Self, Sports Information Director
WEATHERFORD – Coming off their best season as members of NCAA Division II and the Great American Conference, the SWOSU Football team is bringing plenty of momentum into the 2016 season. Head Coach Dan Cocannouer announced Thursday an 11-game schedule that the Bulldogs will face during the upcoming season.
For the first time since 2013, SWOSU opens the season with a home game as the Bulldogs host Southern Arkansas on Thursday, Sept. 1, in the ASAP Kickoff Classic. That game is the first of six home games to be played by the Bulldogs in 2016 and it will kick off at 6:00 pm from ASAP Energy Field in Weatherford. The Dawgs then go on the road for the next two weeks to face Arkansas-Monticello and Ouachita Baptist.
SWOSU returns for back-to-back games, closing out September and opening October with contests against Henderson State and Southeastern Oklahoma State before going on the road to in-state foes East Central and Southern Nazarene. The Dawgs play three of their final four games at ASAP Energy Field, beginning on October 22 against Oklahoma Baptist.
The final road game of the season will be on Oct. 29 as SWOSU heads to Searcy, Arkansas to face Harding before returning home to face Arkansas Tech and Northwestern Oklahoma State. The rivalry game on Nov. 12 against the Rangers will be Homecoming on campus and the game will kick off at 5:30 pm.
Cocannouer – the reigning GAC and AFCA Region 4 Coach of the Year – is leading his alma mater for the eighth season in 2016 and he enters the season with 29 wins, two shy of moving into the top five for career wins at SWOSU. Last season, he led the Bulldogs to an 8-4 record, second-place finish in the GAC and a berth in the Live United Texarkana Bowl, the program’s first postseason appearance since winning the 1996 NAIA National Championship game.
2016 Southwestern football schedule
Sept. 1 vs. Southern Arkansas
Sept. 10 at Arkansas-Monticello
Sept. 17 at Ouachita
Sept. 24 vs. Henderson State
Oct. 1 vs. Southeastern
Oct. 8 at East Central
Oct. 15 at Southern Nazarene
Oct. 22 vs. Oklahoma Baptist
Oct. 29 at Harding
Nov. 5 vs. Arkansas Tech
Nov. 12 vs. Northwestern