DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (CBS) — Another season, another playoff appearance for the Delaware Valley College Aggies. The Division III power will open the NCAA Tournament on Saturday afternoon at home, against Norwich.
The Aggies won the Middle Atlantic Conference for a fourth straight year, and finished the regular season 10-0. It’s the third straight season that the Aggies have qualified for the playoffs, and head coach Jim Clements says it never gets old.
“This is great! It’s why you play college football at our level,” he tells KYW Newsradio. “Kids come to Del Val to play big games and have this opportunity. We’re extremely excited about it. And best of all, we get to play in Doylestown.”
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Norwich is a military college located in Northfield, Vermont. This is their first-ever playoff appearance.
Norwich went 7-3 during the season, winning the Eastern College Football Conference, and Clements says they can beat you up on the ground.
“They are an option team, offensively. They run the ball extremely well, average about 320 yards a game on the ground. They’ve got a really dynamic quarterback when he has the ball in his hands. They have a good group of running backs, and their offensive line is physical.”
These two teams have met just once before, back in 1976, with Norwich winning, 49-0.
Last season, Del Val opened the playoffs with a win over Salisbury, before being eliminated by Mount Union.
The winner here will face the Johns Hopkins-St. John Fisher College winner next weekend.
Kickoff is set for 12 noon Saturday in Doylestown.
Reported by Matt Leon, KYW Newsradio 1060