"This time, they're really excited because we haven't been in. When our name came up on the screen, our kids went crazy. It was pretty cool watching that. So I think that's helping us, not having been there before. And I also think not going on the road the first time through is good."
The winner goes to Bloomsburg (10-1), which got a bye. Bloomsburg won at West Chester 2 weeks ago, 31-28. And it was Bloom that eliminated the Rams at home in 2006 (21-20) and '08 (28-21).
Rondell White needs 27 rushing yards to reach 4,000 for his career. He already has over 2,000 receiving and 1,000 on kick returns.
In D-III, Rowan (8-2) is also home, against Endicott College (8-2), at noon. The Profs lost an opener last year at Salisbury, in their first appearance since 2006.
They're 16-2 at home in the tournament, 6-1 in the first round. That loss was in 2002.
"It's nice to watch the selection show, a lot of fun to see how they react, jumping up and down," said coach Jay Acorsi. "That's what you do it for.
"I think we got a pretty good draw. When you get to the playoffs, they're all good. You just to have to play. We certainly deserve to be there. I think last year's experience will help this team. They understand you're not just happy getting in. Let's see if we can advance and make a run."
The survivor gets Mary Hardin-Baylor (10-0) or Redlands (8-2), which has already lost to MHB.