by Laura Czingula
Assistant Sports Editor
The University of La Verne football schedule has been sent out for the 1997 season.
The Leopards will start their season at home on Sept. 13, against the Whittier Poets. On Sept. 20, they travel to Occidental to battle the Tigers.
Taking a break from the SCAIC play, La Verne will receive a visit from Howard Payne University from Brownwood, Texas, on Sept. 27. Howard Payne is new to the Leopards schedule.
“We’ve added Howard Payne to our schedule. Howard Payne was a Division II program and are stepping down to Division III. They will be one of our toughest opponents,” said head coach Don Morel.
Continuing on with SCAIC play, Oct. 4, ULV will be playing against the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at home and Oct. 11, is planned for the Cal Lutheran game at home. Then it is off for revenge for the Leopards when they take on the Azusa Pacific Cougars at home on Oct. 18.
The Homecoming game will be on Nov. 1, against Chapman University. The Leopards beat Chapman last season, 22-19.
Then the last SCIAC game of the season will be against rival, University of Redlands.
The Leopards lost in overtime last season to the Bulldogs, 29-22. The lost ended the season and the three year winning streak for the Leopards as SCIAC conference champions. ULV has a total of six home games and three away games.
“We are excited about our schedule for 1997, especially because of the fact we have six home games. Last year, it really took a toll on us playing six away games,” said Morel.