College football: Game against Grambling State at Independence Stadium, a highlight of the 2022 NSU schedule

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By Jason Pugh, Northwest State Assistant Athletic Director for Media Relations

NATCHITOCHES — Northwestern State’s first visit west of the Rockies in a decade highlights the Demons’ 2022 11-game schedule released Monday.

NSU kicks off the 2022 season by visiting quarter-finalist FCS Montana on Sept. 3, marking the first time the Demons have traveled this far west since playing in Nevada in 2012.

The game against the Grizzlies, which the Demons faced in the FCS playoffs in 2001, 2002 and 2004, is the first of five non-conference games for the Demons, who will face state rival Grambling at Shreveport’s Independence Stadium on May 10. September.

“We’re excited about the 11 opportunities to play on the court this fall,” said head coach Brad Laird, entering his fifth season at the helm of his alma mater. “Going to Montana will give our team a unique way to start the season. We also look forward to playing Grambling and allowing our Shreveport-Bossier fans to see the Demons in their backyard.

NSU next takes on Southern Miss, its only FBS opponent, in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, on Sept. 17 before opening its four-game slate at Turpin Stadium by hosting Southeastern on Sept. 24. This is the first in consecutive Southland conference. home games and the first of two meetings with the Lions. NSU travels to Hammond on Nov. 12 for the second half of the season home and home series.

After back-to-back home games, NSU hits the road for back-to-back games at Eastern Illinois (October 8) and Houston Baptist (October 15).

The Demons’ trip to Eastern Illinois is one of two games against Ohio Valley conference teams as part of the interleague football programming alliance. Northwestern State’s second game against an OVC member is at home Oct. 22 against Southeast Missouri.

The first meeting between the Demons and SEMO in school history also marks the end of an eight-game, eight-week streak. After a bye week, the Demons wrap up their six-game road schedule with back-to-back visits to Southland Conference newcomer Texas A&M-Commerce (Nov. 5) and Southeastern.

The Demons close out the 2022 season by hosting their most common Southland Conference rival, McNeese, on Nov. 19.

“There’s nothing quite like running through the purple smoke of Turpin Stadium, especially during a Southland Conference game,” Laird said. “Every week in the Southland Conference is an opportunity to win. This league is very balanced and anyone can get a win any Saturday. We can’t wait to get started as we look to the 2022 season.”

2022 North West State Football Schedule

Date Opponent Location

September 3 in Montana Missoula, Montana

September 10 Grambling Shreveport

September 17 at Southern Miss Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Sep 24 Southeast* Natchitoches

Oct. 1 Nicholls* Natchitoches

October 8 at Eastern Illinois Charleston, Illinois

October 15 at Houston Baptist * Houston

October 22 Natchitoches of Southeast Missouri

November 5 at Texas A&M-Commerce* Commerce, Texas

Nov. 12 at Southeastern * Hammond

November 19 McNeese* Natchitoches

— Photo courtesy of Chris Reich, NSU Photographic Services

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