Eastern Connecticut State and Oakland to Face Off in Erie Saturday

Thursday Nov 17th, 2016

First-Time National Club Football Bowl Game Set for Dollinger Field at 3 p.m.

Erie, PA: The Erie Sports Commission is pleased to announce the National Club Football Association (NCFA) will host a conference playoff game at Prep-Villa’s Dollinger Field on Saturday, November 19. Eastern Connecticut State University will face Oakland University (Rochester, Mich.) at 3 p.m.

Eastern Connecticut won the North Atlantic Conference when it beat Sacred Heart 19-14 at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn. on Friday. Oakland took the Great Lakes Conference Championship after beating Robert Morris University – Peoria 29-0 at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio on Saturday.

The winner of the Erie playoff game will earn a spot in the 2016 NCFA National Championship Bowl Game in Wheeling, W.Va. on Saturday, December 3.

The NCFA is the only intercollegiate club tackle football league sanctioned by CollClubSports in the United States. The organization provides collegiate student-athletes the opportunity to play competitive, organized tackle football while in college.

The NCFA first moved to a playoff format in 2015. That playoff format saw the four conference champions head to a single neutral site, and opponents selected by seed. Member teams decided on the current NCFA Playoff format, with sites and matchups determined in advance.

“I’m ecstatic to bring this event to Erie with the help of the Erie Sports Commission,” said Sandy Sanderson, President and CEO of CollClub Sports. “We’re going to create a really exciting event for these student-athletes so that they will look forward to playing a playoff game in Erie, Pa. each and every year.”

“CollClub Sports is a perfect fit for Erie, and we’re happy to support their North Atlantic/Great Lakes Playoff Game in November,” said Ron Sertz, Executive Director of the Erie Sports Commission. “The Erie Sports Commission strives to support many different types of events all year long, we’re excited to be able to add to the region’s football calendar.”

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