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The 2nd Annual Gulf Coast Challenge Powered by the Mobile Sports Authority will be held September 28, 2019 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium, as jointly announced today by officials with the Gulf Coast Challenge (GCC) and the Mobile Sports Authority (MSA.)

The 2019 game will feature the Alabama A&M University Bulldogs hosting the Central State University Marauders in a Southwest Athletic Conference vs. Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association showdown. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.

This will be the seventh time Alabama A&M and Central State University, based in Wilberforce, Ohio have played with Alabama A&M holding a 3-2-1 record.

The inaugural Gulf Coast Challenge was held September 22, 2018 with Alabama A&M Bulldogs hosting the Southern University Jaguars for a Southwest Athletic Conference showdown.

"College football is a huge event in the south and having the opportunity to host this event for the 2nd year speaks volumes for our area," said Gulf Coast Challenge Executive Director Tim Hale. "Last year's inaugural Gulf Coast Challenge was a big success and, once again, we anticipate football fans flocking to Mobile to partake in the events of game week."

Executive Director of the Mobile Sports Authority Danny Corte said, "We are very excited to be hosting another HBCU Fall football weekend in Mobile. If last year's Gulf Coast Challenge is any indication, we expect this event to be one that alumni and fans of both schools will not want to miss, as we're putting together another fun-filled week of events for all to enjoy."

Officials say tailgating is slated to begin the morning of game day leading up to the 6 p.m. kickoff. The game will be preceded by a week of festivities such as: a kickoff party in the park, college and career fair, pep rally, and the GCC Parade.

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