The Susquehanna University Football team has announced the upcoming 2017 season schedule that will include the usual five home games with three of those coming in the first month of the season.
The River Hawks, coming off a 6-4 (6-3 Centennial Conference) season, will open the 2017 season at home with its only non-conference game of the year with the annual battle with Lycoming College at 1 p.m. September 2. The game annually features the battle for possession of the Stagg Hat Trophy which features the bronzed fedora hat worn by Amos Alonzo Stagg Sr.
Following the season opener, Susquehanna hits the road for a pair of games to start the Centennial Conference schedule playing at Johns Hopkins (1 p.m., Sept. 9) and at Muhlenberg (1 p.m., Sept. 16).
Nationally ranked Hopkins won its eighth conference championship and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the third consecutive year in 2016 while the Mules were second in the conference standings with an 8-1 league mark and a 9-2 overall record.
The month of September ends with a pair of home games as the River Hawks host Franklin & Marshall (1 p.m., Sept. 23) and Dickinson (1 p.m., Sept. 30). Franklin & Marshall finished with Susquehanna in the top four of the final conference standings while Dickinson finished at the bottom of the standings in 2016.
October features three games with road contests at Moravian (1 p.m., Oct. 7) and at Gettysburg (1 p.m., Oct. 28). In between, Susquehanna will celebrate Homecoming/Hall of Fame weekend with a home game against Ursinus (1 p.m., Oct. 21) and have its bye week during the Oct. 14th weekend. The River Hawks posted wins over Moravian and Gettysburg but dropped a 31-24 decision to Ursinus despite outscoring the Bears 21-0 in the second half.
Susquehanna wraps up the regular season with two November games as the River Hawks host McDaniel (1 p.m., Nov. 4) and end the regular season at Juniata (1 p.m., Nov. 11). The game with Juniata will once again be the battle for the Goal Post Trophy. The River Hawks have won the last two matchups and 10 of the last 14 in the series.