Wake Forest Football 2017: Raise Them Up in the Way They Should Go

Coach Clawson began his leadership at the helm of Wake Forest Football four years ago with a young squad of believers. He brought with him a strong reputation for building winners both on and off the field, and no doubt he has continued that success with the Demon Deacons. Now, in his fourth season, those players have become experienced upperclassmen and, combined with some very talented newcomers, are fully adept in Coach Clawson’s system. That’s sure to spell success once more for the Deacons who finished 7-6 last season and won the Military Bowl, defeating the Temple Owls 34-26 at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland. This season’s home slate will definitely provide plenty of excitement and action on the field for Wake Forest fans. Just take a look…

The Deacons host six home games this season at BB&T Field, beginning Thursday, August 31st with the season opener against Presbyterian College from Clinton, South Carolina out of the Big South Conference. Kickoff is set for 6:30pm. The Blue Hose are led by Head Coach Tommy Spangler, a former defensive back on the 1980 University of Georgia football National Championship team that defeated Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl. Spangler has garnered a number of Coach of the Year honors and is considered a defensive specialist. It should be a good test for Wake Forest on opening night.

Next, the Deacons celebrate Homecoming against Utah State at 3pm on Saturday, September 16th. The Aggies are out of the Mountain West Conference that produced seven bowl teams last season. The only time these two teams have met was in 2014 when Utah State took the win 36-24 at home in Maverik Stadium. True freshman quarterback John Wolford threw for 257 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in that game. The Deacons are highly motivated to avenge that loss this season.

On Saturday, September 30th, the (ESPN) preseason #2 ranked Florida State Seminoles will embark on their first true road game of the season when they visit BB&T Field. After winning the National Championship in 2013, and then competing in the inaugural College Football Playoff in 2014, the Noles have had three losses in each of their last two seasons. Could this be the year the Deacons become one of those losses on their schedule? This team surely believes so.

Wake Forest fans get another treat on Saturday, October 28th when Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Lamar Jackson and the (Sporting News) preseason #12 ranked Louisville Cardinals come to visit. This team finished second in the Atlantic Division last season, and they’re hoping for their chance at the College Football Playoff picture this year; although this Deacon squad could put a damper on those plans. It should be an exciting showdown Deacon fans will not want to miss.

The NC State Wolfpack make their appearance on Saturday, November 18th. The Pack are coming off a roller coaster season where they finished 7-6. However, there was their most memorable victory over Notre Dame on the “Hurricane Matthew” rain-soaked field celebrating 50 years at Carter-Finley Stadium, and State also won three of its last four games including the Independence Bowl victory over Vanderbilt. This game is sure to draw a crowd.

Finally, on Saturday, November 25th, Wake Forest hosts its final home game of the season against the Duke Blue Devils. The Blue Devils finished 4-8 last season and missed out on a bowl game, however, they were able to get a big win over rival UNC and bring the Victory Bell back to Durham. This game provides fans with a great way to cap off the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Turkey and Wake Forest football, it just doesn’t get any better!

Wake Forest Athletics is excited to offer some fantastic highly flexible ticket plans that are sure to fit every fan’s budget and allow them to see these eagerly anticipated games this season. The Deacon Hill package (four season tickets for $120) is always a popular choice and has a history of selling out. In addition to their full season ticket plans, they offer customized two, three and four-game mini-packages with prices starting at just $50. Single game and group tickets are also available now.

Fans should note there will be a number of promotional days this season. These include Youth Football Day, Band and Cheer Day, Scout Day and Church Day. Each promotion will include tickets to the game, and some will provide opportunities to perform at halftime. For inquiries about any of these promotional days, please call Wake Forest Athletics at (888) 758.DEAC (3322), extension 1.

On Game Day, fans can come early and enjoy the Lowe’s Foods Deacon Tailgate Town on Piccolo Lane offering delicious food and drinks from vendors, interactive games and fun tailgating opportunities with friends and family while listening to the live “Countdown to Kickoff” Radio Show with Stan Cotten and Dave Goren as part of the pre-game show. This family friendly event begins three hours before kickoff, and admission is free. All this and more is sure to make your game day experience the best.

On Saturday, August 19th, beginning at 5pm, the tradition continues with the annual Wake Forest Fan Fest. Meet the players and coaches of the Wake Forest Fall sports teams, along with the spirit squad at BB&T Field, get autographs, enjoy good food and drinks, and for the younger fans, they have inflatable games, face painting and even a special appearance by the Demon Deacon mascot. Everyone enjoys special giveaways and more at this family friendly event, free and open to the public. It’s also a perfect time for fans to purchase season tickets to join in all the excitement this fall.

So, what are you waiting for? Don’t miss your opportunity to be a part, visit wakeforestsports.com, or call (888) 758.DEAC (3322), extension 1 to purchase your tickets today!