Paine cancels Saturday football game




Paine College’s second football game of the year will have to wait.

Athletic director Tim Duncan said Thursday afternoon the matchup scheduled Saturday between the Lions and the Orangeburg Eagles has been cancelled “due to logistical concerns,” he said.

“Club football isn’t as regulated as we would like,” Duncan said. “However, it’s still an opportunity to show our product to the CSRA community.”

Paine will now hold an intrasquad scrimmage at 2 p.m. Saturday at Laney Memorial Stadium as part of its Family and Friends Day. The game, as well as all parking in the lot adjacent to the stadium, will be free to the public.

Previously purchased tickets for Saturday can be redeemed for one of the following: a concession credit good for two combos Saturday, entrance into any of the remaining games this season or a full refund from the Paine business office on the first floor of Haygood-Holsey Hall.

The Lions played their first club football game this past Saturday in front of a crowd of 4,938 spectators, Duncan said. The attendance, he added, affirmed Paine’s belief that Augusta was ready for college football.

“People wanted an outlet,” he said. “We’re able to quench that thirst.”

Lions coach Greg Ruffin said his team has been working in practice this week on protecting the quarterback after Paine dropped its opener, 20-13, to Georgia Prep Sports Academy. Also, he said his team needs to protect the ball better.

“We had four fumbles when we were driving to score,” Ruffin said. “We could’ve easily won that game by 21 points instead of losing by seven.”

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