Game to feature new football fixtures

By Olivia Almirudis


New football uniforms, new band uniforms, a new student section and a new fight song will be highlights of the first home football game at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5.

As for the game itself at Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium, Head Coach Larry Kennan said he is “cautiously optimistic” as he anticipates the upcoming football season with 12 newly signed players and a talented, young team.

Starting quarterback Trent Brittain is back after a season-ending injury in last year’s home opener, Kennan said, adding he’s also expecting tight end Cole Wick and running back Junior Sessions to be key players in the team’s success.

The team is healthy and ready to go against Texas A&M-Kingsville’s Javelinas, said the coach, who is starting his fourth season.

“We’ve gotten a lot better each year: starting with 36 players on scholarship to 63 now. We’re playing catch-up and haven’t caught up yet. We’ve gotten closer.

I feel good about our guys and their talent. Building a program is a process, and I love working with our guys and seeing them grow as players and people. Our No. 1 goal for this season is to win more games than we lose and to be in the upper half. There’re 17 seniors on the team, and we’re all ready to win.”