After a near two-year absence from the field, the Shippensburg University football team has a schedule in place for the fall 2021 season.
The Raiders are coming off of a dismal 2019 campaign, which saw a 4-7 record. 2019 marked the first losing season for the Raiders while under the direction of soon-to-be 11-year head coach Mark Maciejewski.
Due to the pandemic, the Raiders lost some of their offensive talent to the NCAA transfer portal. Most notably, redshirt-junior wide receiver Winston Eubanks, who announced his transfer to Penn State University in October.
As a Raider, Eubanks had 148 receptions and 28 receiving touchdowns, totaling 2,853 yards. Eubanks also garnered All- Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division First Team honors on three occasions (2017-19).
Another Raider that transferred from the team was top slot receiver Charles Headen III. Headen takes his talents to Southern Methodist University as a graduate transfer after playing three seasons with the Raiders. In his three-year tenure, Headen had 80 receptions for 909 yards and 14 touchdowns.
The Raiders kick off the season Sept. 4 against an as yet to be announced opponent, at Seth Grove Stadium.
In Week 2, the Raiders will travel to Edinboro University to play the Fighting Scots. The last meeting between these two teams was in 2015.
The Raiders beat Edinboro 20-13. Additionally, the Raiders have won three consecutive games against Edinboro and have an overall 26-24-1 record versus the Fighting Scots.
In Week 3, the Raiders finish their two-game road trip Sept. 11 as they travel to Clarion University. The Raiders will be looking for revenge as they lost to Clarion 48-28 in 2019. Overall, the Golden Eagles lead the series between the two teams 34-23-1.
The next week the Raiders return home to face Bloomsburg University. In 2019, the Raiders defeated the Huskies 30-15. The Raiders lead the series with the Huskies with a record of 34-29-1.
In Week 5, the Raiders hit the road again as they travel to West Virginia to play Shepherd University. In 2019, the Raiders lost to Shepherd in a tight contest 32-30. Despite the loss, the Raiders have a winning record against the Rams (23-18) but have lost the last two matches against them.
The next week, the Raiders return to their stomping grounds to play PSAC East rival West Chester University. In the 2019 season, the Raiders lost to the Golden Rams in a very close game at Seth Grove Stadium. Overall, the Raiders have lost the last five games against the Golden Rams and have been dominated in the overall series, a record of 25-7.
In Week 7, the Raiders take a trip to Kutztown University to play the Golden Bears. In 2019, the Raiders fell to the Golden Bears by a score of 55-5. The Raiders have lost back-to-back games against KU but have the upper hand in the series, a record of 41-19-1.
The next week the Raiders host the Millersville University Marauders for the annual homecoming game. In 2019, the Raiders defeated the Marauders in one of their biggest wins on the season 27-0. The Raiders have won 16 straight games against MU.
In Week 9, the Raiders travel to East Stroudsburg University to face the Warriors. In 2019, the Raiders defeated the Warriors by a score of 35-10. The Raiders have the last five matchups under their belt against the Warriors and lead the all-time series with a 27-12 record.
The final game of the season for the Raiders is against Mercyhurst University at home. The last matchup between these two teams was in 2015 when the Raiders defeated the Lakers 69-20. This game may be replaced if the Raiders make an appearance in the PSAC Championship.
One player to watch in the fall is starting quarterback Brycen Mussina. Last season, the redshirt-junior and 2018 PSAC Eastern Division Freshman of the Year started all 11 games and threw for 2,646 yards and 20 touchdowns.