LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall and Lebanon Valley will face each other in football for the first time since 1982 as part of a four-game series set to begin in 2014.
The Diplomats will host the 2014 and 2016 games, with the Dutchmen serving as the home team in 2015 and 2017. The former conference rivals will play each other in Week 1 of each season.
"This is a great opportunity to renew a local rivalry," said coach John Troxell. "What better way to open up our season than with our own local backyard brawl."
The series will fill F&M's non-conference slot through 2017; the Diplomats will continue to play Washington & Lee on opening weekend in 2012 and 2013.
F&M and LVC have met 34 times, beginning in 1899 and ending in 1982. The series was intermittent before a 15-year stretch from 1968 to 1982 when the schools met each season as members of the Middle Atlantic Conference. The two stopped playing when the Diplomats left for the Centennial Conference in 1983 with F&M holding 25-8-1 series advantage.