PHILIPPI - Alderson Broaddus will conclude its historic season with one more game.
The Battlers will entertain Florida Tech at 2 p.m. today in the first-ever Eastern College Athletic Conference Futures Bowl.
Both schools are first-year programs this season at the Division II level.
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Alderson Broaddus will face Florida Tech at 2 p.m. today in the ECAC Futures Bowl at Battler Stadium in Philippi. The Battlers and Panthers are first-year Division II programs this season
"We recruited these kids and told them they could make history and this is one more opportunity to do just that," AB coach Dennis Creehan said. "This is another first-ever they get to play in and this one is on a much larger stage. We are very humbled and honored to be a part of this event. I think this is a fantastic opportunity for our University and our players.
"We are very grateful to the ECAC for this opportunity. This bowl game means the world to us. This bowl game gives us more exposure, our players another opportunity to play and opens us up to another part of the country.
"This is just one more notch in our belt as we continue to build this program."
The Battlers fielded a football team for the first time since 1930 this season, compiling a mark of 4-6.
The Panthers, meanwhile, went 4-7 and are very excited to make the trek from Melbourne, Fla., to get a chance for another contest.
"It's both a privilege and an honor to be invited to play in a postseason game," Florida Tech coach Steve Englehart said.
"Playing in such a game will be a great experience for our young men. I want to thank both the ECAC and Alderson Broaddus for making this experience possible."
The two schools played a common opponent earlier this season in Warner University. The Panthers defeated Warner, 37-3, on Oct. 26, while AB defeated Warner, 51-14, in Lake Wales, Fla.
"We are excited to give these deserving student-athletes of two first-year ECAC affiliated programs the opportunity to continue their seasons," ECAC Commissioner Dr. Kevin T. McGinniss said.
"These rising programs had significant initial success and they will look to build on that success with a game like this as they move their programs into the future."