Football Announces 2006 Schedule
Athletics - posted on 3/22/2006
The Lakeland football team is slated to play two state schools - including the defending NCAA Division III national runner-up -- in non-conference games as the college released its 2006 schedule.
The defending Illini-Badger Football Conference champs will open their season at 2005 national runner-up UW-Whitewater on Sept. 2, then close out non-conference play at home against UW-Oshkosh on Sept. 16.
This will be the third straight year the Muskies have met the Warhawks, while Lakeland is playing UW-Oshkosh for the first time since 2003, when the Muskies battled the Titans to four overtimes before eventually falling, 26-23.
Sandwiched in between these two games is the annual home-and-home matchup against Carthage to be played at Lakeland on Sept. 9.
"We want to play the best teams in our non-conference schedule so we can prepare for our conference schedule," said head coach Jim Zebrowski, who will be entering his fourth season as coach of the Muskies.
"It's good for us to have such talented teams right here in the state of Wisconsin so we don't have to travel far to play high caliber teams," he said.
The Muskies have three home games on their conference schedule in 2006, including two to begin IBFC play -- Greenville on Sept. 23 and Benedictine on Sept. 30. The Muskies will have the opportunity to defend their Cheese Bowl title on Homecoming against Concordia, Wis., on Oct. 21.
Road games include trips to Eureka, Ill., and MacMurray, Ill., on Oct. 7 and Oct. 14, respectively, and Lakeland will travel to Concordia, Ill., on Oct. 28 before closing out the regular season at Aurora, Ill.
"Four of our first five games are home, and four of our last five games are on the road, so we really have to play well in our home games to build momentum for when we go out on the road," said Zebrowski.
Lakeland went 8-3 last season, including the team's second straight IBFC conference title and first-ever NCAA Division III Playoff berth.
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