SOUTHFIELD, Mich. - The Lawrence Technological University football team will host six home games at the LTU Athletic Field in 2019, per the schedule released on Wednesday, January 30, by head coach Jeff Duvendeck.
In its second year of competition, LTU will play a complete Mid-States Football Association schedule and enjoy full membership benefits of the 15-team league. A member of the MSFA has claimed the national title six of the past eight seasons.
This spring and summer, the LTU Athletic Field will be under construction once again as Lawrence Tech continues to progress toward the completion of the stadium at the corner of Northwestern Highway and Ten Mile. Additions to expect this fall will be a full, raised grand stand on the home sideline with seating for approximately 2,400, a ticket booth, concessions stand and spirit store. The grand stand will have three types of seating: general admission, bench back and seat back.
The 2019 campaign opens on September 7 against St. Xavier. The Cougars finished the 2018 season tabbed No. 7 in the nation, posting a record of 9-4 overall and Midwest League champs in the MSFA. A familiar foe visits Southfield a week later on September 14 in Wisconsin Lutheran. Last season, the Blue Devils engineered a second half comeback, posting 27 unanswered to knock off the NCAA Division III opponent, 30-22, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
The first road trip comes on September 21 with a contest at Olivet Nazarene in Bourbonnais, Illinois. The Tigers had a strong showing in conference play, finishing 4-1 in the Midwest League.
On September 28, LTU returns home to host St. Francis – Illinois before heading into a bye week.
When the Blue Devils return from the week away, Indiana Wesleyan will be waiting in Marion, Indiana, for the two sides' third meeting in two seasons. The Wildcats are also coming off their first year of competition and now enjoy full MSFA membership.
The rest of October and into November will be a battle ground for Lawrence Tech as the Blue Devils will square off with four-straight opponents that finished inside the NAIA's top 25.
Kicking off the stretch is Siena Heights on October 19 for Homecoming. The Saints finished 7-3 a year ago and No. 25 in the NAIA. October closes with a visit to Marian on October 26 in Indianapolis. The Knights clinched the Mideast League with a 6-0 mark and didn't suffer a loss until the NAIA playoffs. Marian finished the year ranked No. 9.
November starts back home in Southfield on the second with St. Francis – Indiana. The Cougars fell in overtime of the semifinals last fall after winning back-to-back national titles in 20016 and 2017. Concordia makes the short trip from Ann Arbor to the LTU Athletic Field on November 9. The Cardinals went 10-3 in 2018, finishing at No. 6 in the nation.
The 2019 slate closes on November 16 with a trip to Taylor.
All game times for 2019 are currently to be determined. Season tickets for the 2019 campaign are expected to go on sale on March 1. Individual game tickets will be released for sale later this spring.
On Saturday, February 2, coach Duvendeck and Lawrence Tech will be hosting the second edition of the LTU Football Signing Day Show. The Signing Day Show is the public's first look at the incoming Blue Devils. Doors open at 12:30 and the event is free to all. Early registration for season tickets, LTU merchandise and more will be available.
The 2019 Blue vs. White Spring Game is scheduled for April 27 at 1 pm. Location for the game is yet to be finalized with construction at the LTU Athletic Field.
For those interested in purchasing LTU Football merchandise, please visit the BSN link here.