|LIMESTONE FOOTBALL TO PLAY INAUGURAL "BLUE & WHITE GAME" ON NOV. 2 AT ON-CAMPUS PRACTICE FIELD|
Local fans who can’t wait until 2014 to see the Limestone College football team in action will get their chance on Nov. 2, as the Saints host their first-ever “Blue & White Game” at 1 p.m.
The intrasquad scrimmage will not only provide fans with a chance to see the players in action, but will also include appearances on the sidelines by the cheerleading squad and the new dance team.
There is no admission fee for the hour-long contest that will take place on the Saints’ practice field, located adjacent to the Limestone Center on Leadmine Street.
The scrimmage will feature Limestone’s offense against its defense, with no live special teams and simulated kicks.
“This will be very similar to what fans see many college teams do at their spring games,” Limestone head coach Bobby James explained about the Blue & White Game. “Because our entire team is red-shirting, next season’s opener will be a first for all of our players at the college level. So this scrimmage will give them a taste of what a game feels like. I am sure there will be some nerves, but that’s a good thing. After this fall scrimmage and our next one in the spring, hopefully it will be almost like second nature when we play that first game next season.”
James added that he, his staff, and his players are excited about being in front of a large group of fans for the Blue & White Game.
“We’re starting to come together as a football team,” he said. “It’s neat to see that process. We’re starting to run plays with efficiency and toughness. The support from the school and from the community has just been tremendous, and although we don’t get to play any actual games this fall, our team is looking forward to getting out there in front of the fans for this scrimmage.”
Limestone football merchandise, including t-shirts, hats, mini-helmets, and official team polo shirts, will be available at the game. Concessions stands will also be open.
Announced last year as the 25th sport in Limestone College history, the football program will officially take the field for the first time on Sept. 6, 2014, as the Saints host Wingate University.
The Saints will begin as an NCAA Division II independent in 2014, and have entered into a scheduling agreement with the South Atlantic Conference for 2015-2018. Although they won't be formal members of the league, they are guaranteed eight games against member teams including Wingate, Newbery, Lenoir-Rhyne, Carson-Newman, Catawba, Tusculum, Brevard and Mars Hill.
Currently, well over 100 players are red-shirting their freshman year as James and his staff prepare for their inaugural season next fall. That roster includes several players from Upstate high schools, including Rod Oglesby, Gabe Posey, Reco Smith and Tim Davis from Gaffney High.
“Our goal is to make our football games a great experience, while putting a good product out there on the field,” James noted. “For five or so home games each year, our students and thousands of others are going to have something to really look forward to on Saturdays. Plus, we know that fun atmosphere will help with the recruitment of student-athletes for all of our Limestone sports teams. And it’s going to be good for local businesses and the economic aspect of the Gaffney area. We really can’t wait to get started, and the next step is the Blue & White Game. We encourage as many people as possible to come out and see our team for the first time.”
(Photo by Limestone College Sports Information Office)