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LAKELAND, Fla.—Three-time defending conference champion Southeastern has announced its 2018 football schedule.

For the first time in program history, the Fire will open the year at home, hosting the University of the Cumberlands on August 25.

“Our schedule this season is as challenging as ever,” said coach Keith Barefield. “It’s great to be opining at home this year, but we have only two home games in the first seven of the season and we have a stretch where we will not see Victory Field for six weeks.”

The first road game will be in Laurinburg, N.C. on September 1st against St. Andrews University. Two weeks later, the Fire will make their longest trip in program history to take on Cincinnati Christian in the Buckeye State.

“The key for us is to get off to a good start in the first month, sustain that on the road for three weeks, and pray that our record is in-tact when we start the three game home stand to end the season.

Following a home game against Bethel (Tenn.), the Fire will embark on a three-game road trip to start Mid-South Conference Sun Division play against Webber International (9/29), Ave Maria (10/6), and Warner (10/13).

The Fire will then close the regular season with three home division games, starting with Edward Waters for Homecoming on October 27th. SEU will host first-year program Keiser on November 3rd, then will conclude with Faulkner on the 10th.

“If we can reach late October, still in contention for the division crown, the bright spot for us will be the final three games on Victory Field,” said Barefield. “No doubt, it will be an uphill climb the first seven weeks of the season, but the final three home games will be a breath of fresh air.”

Times will be announced at a later date. Tickets will go on sale April 12.

2018 Southeastern University Fire Football Schedule

8/25      University of the Cumberlands (Ky.)

9/1        at St. Andrews University (N.C.)

9/8        Bye

9/15      at Cincinnati Christian

9/22      Bethel University (Tenn.)

9/29      at Webber International

10/6      at Ave Maria University

10/13    at Warner University

10/20    Bye

10/27    Edward Waters College

11/3      Keiser

11/10    Faulkner