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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • KCAC, GPAC to begin series in 2015

  • The KCAC will wrap up it’s two-year series with the Heart of America Conference this coming fall, but the league has been active in securing another home-and-away series to replace it for 2015.
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  • The KCAC will wrap up it’s two-year series with the Heart of America Conference this coming fall, but the league has been active in securing another home-and-away series to replace it for 2015.
    The conference announced a two-year agreement Monday with the Great Plains Athletic Conference, which includes teams such as Morningside College, Northwestern College and Nebraska Wesleyan University.
    "Speaking on behalf of the KCAC and its member institutions, we look forward to seeing the teams compete on the field in 2015,” Dr. Scott Crawford, KCAC Commissioner, said. “It will be a great reward following the hard work and collaboration of coaches and sports chairs from each league.”
    The two-year agreement pairs the teams based off their conference finishes in 2013 and 2014. The KCAC will host the first set of games on Sept. 5, 2015, with the GPAC hosting in 2016.
    Not all 10 teams will be participating, as Dordt College (Iowa) has contractual obligations in 2015 and 2016 that prevent them from participating.
    To compensate, Bethany College, who finished 10th in the KCAC in 2013, will sit out in 2015. The 10th place KCAC team this coming season will sit out the 2016 challenge.
    “From day one our administrators and coaches were on-board to make this work,” Corey Westra, GPAC Commissioner, said. “The fans of the NAIA and our two leagues are in for some outstanding small college football.”
    The two conferences are familiar with each other, as the KCAC went 2-1 in 2013, with Tabor besting Nebraska Wesleyan, Friends University defeating Doane College and Kansas Wesleyan University falling to Hastings College.
    McPherson College, who finished in the middle of the KCAC in 2013, will play host to Doane at McPherson Stadium. Morningside will face Sterling and Northwestern will tangle with Tabor, among other games.
    “The KCAC/GPAC series is a great way for both conferences to be focused on Nationally in the early stages of the season,” Southwestern coach Ken Crandall said. “Five of 16 teams participating in the 2013 NAIA Football Championship belong to these two conferences. Each game will allow all 20 teams to see where they fall on the National stage in the early part of the season.”
    Contact Chris Swick by email at cswick@mcphersonsentinel.com and follow him on Twitter @SwickSentinel.

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