Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Augusta, Ga--A year ago when talking about the return of football to Paine College, coach Greg Ruffin wanted to make sure his team wasn't everyone else's homecoming game. That is, cupcake city. Now with a year of being a club sport behind them, the lions are ready for the move to division two.
This isn't the first start up program coach Ruffin has been part of and he's liking what he sees. Tough to get a true gauge when you play as a club team, but he's confident his team will compete in the SIAC. While a lot of teams force feed the playbook to the kids, Ruffin will take a different approach.
"A lot of coaches put so much in early and then they want to pull it out in the middle of the season." said Greg Ruffin " I think you have to say what do you do well and let's concentrate on what we do well and let's go into that first game so we can reduce the amount of mistakes that we will make."
North Augusta product Lorenzo Hammond is poised to be the quarterback but Ruffin is looking for someone else to step up and compete with Hammond so they get the most out of the position. The Lions open the season September 4th at Shorter University with the home opener a week later against Livingstone College.