The Eastern Washington Eagles and the Southeastern Louisiana Lions have scheduled a home-and-home football series for the 2023 and 2024 seasons, both schools have announced.
In the first game of the series, Eastern Washington will host Southeastern Louisiana at Roos Field in Cheney, Wash., on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023. The series will conclude the following season when the Eagles travel to play the Lions at Strawberry Stadium in Hammond, La., on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2024.
“The ability to agree upon a home and home matchup with an upper echelon FCS program such as Southeastern Louisiana is something we look for annually,” said EWU head coach Aaron Best. “Engaging in tougher non-conference games at the FCS level will undoubtedly better prepare our program for the rigors of our Big Sky Conference schedule.”
Both Eastern Washington and Southeastern Louisiana advanced to the second round of the FCS Playoffs last season. Their contest next season will mark the first-ever meeting between the two schools on the gridiron.
“We’ve been taking steps each season as our program grows to compete consistently on the national level and to continue that growth, we have to compete against quality FCS opponents. Eastern Washington is consistently in the national championship picture, which is where we want to be,” said Southeastern Louisiana head coach Frank Scelfo. “We’re excited for this home-and-home series and an opportunity to test ourselves against an elite FCS program.”
Eastern Washington joined the Big Sky Conference in 1987, while Southeastern Louisiana has been a member of the Southland Conference since 1997.