EUREKA COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Four home games and a trip to the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome for the second consecutive season highlight the 2010 Eureka College football schedule, released by second-year head coach Kurt Barth last week.
The Red Devils will start the season with three consecutive non-conference games in September, followed by a seven-game Upper Midwest
Athletic Conference schedule that will start Sept. 25.
The Red Devils will open their 107th season of football at home for the second consecutive season when they host Benedictine at McKinzie Field at 1 p.m. Sept. 4.
The game marks the first meeting between the former Illini-Badger Football Conference rivals since 2007.
A victory would give the Red Devils three consecutive home-opening wins for the first time since 1996-98.
Barth can also become the first Eureka football coach to win his first two season openers since his own college coach, Nick Fletcher, won back-to-back openers from 1995-96.
Eureka will play its first road game of the year the next week when it visits Duluth, Minn. for a 4 p.m. kickoff against St. Scholastica. Eureka rallied for a 21-20 win last season in its inaugural meeting against the Saints at the UMAC’s 10th annual Dome Day.
While St. Scholastica is also a member of the UMAC, the 2010 game between the two squads will not count as a conference game, as the conference will utilize a seven-game league schedule until 2011.
Eureka will visit Wisconsin-Stout for the second consecutive season on Sept. 18 at 2 p.m. The Blue Devils handed the Red Devils a 40-6 defeat last fall in Menomonie, Wis.
Eureka will play league foe Minnesota-Morris for the first time in program history in the Red Devils’ annual homecoming game on Sept. 25 at McKinzie Field.
Following a bye week, the Red Devils will make their only trip to the state of Missouri in 2010 when they visit Westminster for a 1 p.m. kickoff against the Blue Jays in Fulton, Mo. Westminster edged the Red Devils last season in Eureka, 35-34, in only the second all-time meeting between the two schools.
The second of three trips to the state of Minnesota comes next when Eureka travels to play Crown in St. Bonifacius at 1 p.m. on Oct. 16.
The Red Devils will play Martin Luther in the UMAC’s 11th annual Dome Day on Oct. 30 at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minn.
Eureka will travel to Greenville on Nov. 6 to play its final road game of the season. Greenville has won six straight games against the Red Devils, including a 20-13 decision on a rain-soaked McKinzie Field last October.
Eureka has not won in Greenville since posting a 35-28 win on Sept. 22, 2001.
The final game, Eureka’s annual Senior Day against MacMurray, is scheduled for Nov. 13.
The 2010 season is Eureka’s second season as an associate member of the UMAC.