Paine College’s club football team returns to action this weekend.
The Lions will play at 2 p.m. Sunday at Gray Military Academy in Lexington, S.C. This will be Paine’s second game of the season after last week’s opponent backed out.
“I need the film. I need the game footage,” Lions coach Greg Ruffin said. “I need the teaching tool. I need to know how much better we’ve gotten week to week.
“We could tell some things out of last week’s scrimmage, but what we saw was there were some kids that weren’t playing who should be playing.”
Ruffin said Saturday’s intrasquad scrimmage was an eye-opener, with the White team (backups) defeating the Purple team (starters), 34-0.
One of the players Ruffin praised was wide receiver Danny Wohlgemuth,
who had a standout performance for the White squad with five catches for 130 yards.
Ruffin said the quarterback position remains unsettled after starter Loranzo Hammonds threw two interceptions and lost a fumble in the opening loss to Georgia Prep Sports Academy while also struggling in the scrimmage.
Ruffin said backup quarterback Emanuel Westmoreland will see more time in the upcoming game.
“It’s wide open. May the best man win,” Ruffin said of the starting quarterback role.
“We’ve got to be able to manufacture points. We’ve got to be able to move the ball down the field.”
Ruffin said quarterback is not the only position that remains up for grabs. He said the scrimmage helped the coaching staff get a better look at the entire team.
“I told the coaches I thought we got enamored with some kids and didn’t have as many play in that first game,” Ruffin said. “We have depth. We’ve got some kids who can play.”
On the team’s injury list, running back Shaqore Harrington (knee) is out for the season, while wide receiver Antonio White (thumb) is out for two weeks, Ruffin
Paine returns home to face Orangeburg Tech on Nov. 2.
The Lions close out the year the following week against Jireh Prep at Laney Memorial Stadium. Both games start at 2 p.m.