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Nov. 18 - WEXFORD, Pa. – Although the 2009 season just ended a few days ago, the Bethany football team had their schedule completed for 2010 when the match-ups for the 2010-2011 Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC)-Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Football Challenge Series were announced Wednesday by the league offices.

The Challenge Series, which will take place during the second weekend of the 2010 and 2011 football season, had its pairings determined by matching up the top teams in each conference based on the 2009 final results, followed by the second place teams, etc. Based upon their sixth place finish in the league standings, the Bison (3-7, 1-5) were matched up with King’s College (3-7, 2-5) and will play Sept. 11, 2010 at King’s.

The other match-ups for the inaugural PAC-MAC Football Challenge Series are listed below. Schools in the MAC will serve as hosts for all contests in 2010 and the PAC teams will host their foes from eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey during the second weekend of the season in 2011. PAC member Thomas More is not participating in the Football Challenge due to geographical considerations.

"We are very excited to see our plans for the PAC-MAC Football Challenge Series come to fruition after several years of planning," said PAC executive director Joe Onderko. "Our schools know that the MAC is an excellent football conference and will provide our programs with very stiff competition, while also giving our schools the opportunity to become more visible in eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey. We look forward to the challenge on the field next fall."

“Although most of the MAC and PAC schools are in Pennsylvania, we have had very few opportunities to compete against each other in football,” noted Ken Andrews, MAC executive director. “Each conference has had significant success at the national level so this “challenge” should have a bearing on the regional rankings – the PAC in the South and the MAC in the East. Our schools look forward to hosting the first round of games next year!”

Bethany’s contests with King’s will be the first time the schools have ever met on the gridiron. The Monarchs enjoyed a stretch of four consecutive postseason appearances from 2000-03, including the ’02 campaign that saw them post a 9-3 record, win the MAC Championship and advance to the second round of the NCAA playoffs. King’s most recent postseason appearance came in 2006 with a loss to Kean (N.J.) in the ECAC Southeast Bowl.

Since that season, the Monarchs have posted records of 1-9, 3-7 and 3-7, with the 2009 season coming to an end with a 33-16 victory Saturday over cross-town rival Wilkes. Just two days after that win, long-time head coach Rich Mannello, who had been at the helm of the Monarchs program since varsity football was reinstated at the school following a 30-year hiatus, resigned, meaning King’s will have a new head coach when Bethany travels to Wilkes-Barre, Pa., next September for the game.

2010-2011 PAC-MAC Football Challenge Series Match-Ups
September 11, 2010 (MAC default home team unless switched by mutual agreement)

PAC #1 Washington & Jefferson (9-1, 5-1 PAC) at MAC #1 Delaware Valley (9-1, 7-0 MAC)

PAC #2 Geneva (7-3) at MAC #2 Albright (9-1, 6-1 MAC)

PAC #3 Grove City (5-5, 4-2 PAC) at MAC #3 Lebanon Valley (8-2, 5-2 MAC)

PAC #4 Waynesburg (5-5, 2-4 PAC) at MAC #4 Wilkes (6-4, 3-4 MAC)

PAC #5 Westminster (4-6, 2-4 PAC) at MAC #5 Lycoming (4-6, 3-4 MAC)

PAC #6 Bethany (3-7, 1-5 PAC) at MAC #6 King's (3-7, 2-5 MAC)

PAC #7 Thiel (3-7, 1-5 PAC) at MAC #7 Widener (3-7, 1-6 MAC)

PAC #8 Saint Vincent (0-10) at MAC #8 Fairleigh Dickinson Univ.-Florham (2-8, 1-6 MAC)

September 10, 2011 (PAC default home team unless switched by mutual agreement)

Delaware Valley at Washington & Jefferson
Albright at Geneva
Lebanon Valley at Grove City
Wilkes at Waynesburg
Lycoming at Westminster
King's at Bethany
Widener at Thiel
FDU-Florham at Saint Vincent