Braves football begins season ranked No. 21 nationally


bravehawkOn the heels of an outstanding 2013 campaign that included its second berth into the NCAA Division II Playoffs, the Braves football team checked in at No. 21 in the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Pre-season Coaches Poll.

The Braves are one of three North Carolina teams included in the listing. They join 2013 national runner-up Lenoir-Rhyne and week one opponent Winston-Salem State (No. 14) in the poll. North Alabama, a week six opponent for the Braves, checked into the poll in the No. 5 spot.

Fresh off of its fourth NCAA Division II title, Northwest Missouri State opens up 2014 as the preseason favorite to win the national championship. Grand Valley State (Mich.) checked in at No. 2 followed by Minnesota-Duluth and Colorado State-Pueblo.

The Braves will open up their eighth season of intercollegiate football on September 6 when it makes the short trek to Winston-Salem to battle the Rams in a 6 p.m. contest at Bowman Gray Stadium.

On September 13, the Braves open at home against rival Fayetteville State in the annual Two Rivers Classic.

Football season tickets can be purchased by calling the UNCP ticket office at (910) 521-6361.