TORRANCE, Calif. – The El Camino College football team will host its National Central Conference opener on a Thursday night as the team's 10-game schedule was officially released Monday.
"The 2017 El Camino Football Schedule should provide a lot of excitement for the Warrior fans," said second-year Warriors Head Coach Gifford Lindheim. "There are six bowl teams on the schedule. We are very excited about the recruiting class that is coming into the program added to the strong group of foundational players returning from last season."
The Warriors will host Los Angeles Harbor on Thursday, October 12 at 6 p.m. at Murdock Stadium to kick off their conference schedule. Under Lindheim, the Warriors finished fourth in the conference in his first year at the helm and are looking good to improve on that standing in 2017 despite having double-digit players moving on to the next level from the 2016 squad.
El Camino will open the 2017 season on the road as the Warriors face Los Angeles Southwest on September 2. The Warriors defeated LA Southwest in the inaugural game at the new Murdock Stadium last season, defeating the Cougars 41-21 thanks to a 27-point third quarter.
On September 9, the Warriors host Moorpark at 1 p.m. at Murdock Stadium for the home opener and then welcome Grossmont to Murdock on Sept. 16 at 6 p.m. On Sept. 9, ECC will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the 1987 National Championship team.
The Warriors edged Moorpark, 31-29, in 2016. The Raiders finished second in the National Northern Conference standings and defeated Santa Barbara in the Beach Bowl.
The Griffins handed the Warriors a 35-14 defeat last season and went on to finish fifth in the National Southern Conference.
Two straight road games conclude the non-conference portion of the season as the Warriors head to Saddleback on Sept. 23 followed by a trip up to Central California to face Bakersfield on Sept. 30.
The Gauchos finished tied for first in the National Southern Conference with eventual National Champions Fullerton and advanced to the Southern California Bowl where they fell to Riverside.
The Renegades finished fourth in the National Northern Conference in 2016 and scored a stunning, last-second victory over the Warriors on Oct. 1 at Murdock Stadium. The Renegades eventually fell to Long Beach in the Western State Bowl.
After a bye week, the Warriors host the Seahawks for the NCC opener and then head to Mount San Antonio College on Oct. 21.
The Mounties finished with a 4-1 record in NCC action and 8-3 overall, earning a bid to play in the Golden State Bowl where they defeated College of the Canyons, 27-3.
The Warriors host Riverside on Oct. 28 and wrap up the home schedule Nov. 4 against Chaffey. The Tigers finished atop the NCC standings in 2016 and were one game away from the state title game but fell to Fullerton, 49-25, in the SCFA Championship Game.
Chaffey finished 3-7 overall last season and the Warriors scored a 29-20 victory over the Panthers last season.
The 2017 regular season concludes on Nov. 11 with a showdown against rival Long Beach City at Veterans Stadium. The Vikings finished 4-1 in NCC action last season and 9-2 overall, defeating Bakersfield in the Western State Bowl, 47-41 to conclude the season.