Shorter football releases 2008 schedule

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The Hawks will kick-off the 2008 season on Aug. 28

The Hawks will kick-off the 2008 season on Aug. 28

March 19, 2008

Rome, Ga. - The Shorter College Hawks football team has released their schedule for the 2008 season, playing five games at Barron Stadium in Rome, with six games away.

Shorter will travel first to the NCAA Div. I-AA Western Carolina Catamounts on Thurs., Aug. 28, in Cullowhee, N.C., for a 7 p.m. kick-off. This is the first time the Hawks have faced a Div. I opponent. The Catamounts will face the Florida State Seminoles following their match-up with Shorter.

"It's a very challenging schedule, but one we are really looking forward to," said head football coach Phil Jones. "Western Carolina is in a separate category for us. On one side, it is a tremendous opportunity for our school, fans and players to be involved in a large football environment, and on the other side, it will be a difficult challenge that I believe our players will be ready for."

Following a two-week break, Shorter will continue play against another NCAA team as they take on the Div. III LaGrange College Panthers on Sept. 13 for the annual Governor's Cup at 1 p.m. in LaGrange, Ga. The Hawks' first Mid-South Conference game will be in Pikeville, Ky., on Sept. 20 as they face Pikeville College.

Shorter comes to Barron Stadium on Sept. 27 for their first home game, facing the newest conference member, the Faulkner University Eagles. This will also mark Shorter's annual Homecoming and Alumni Weekend celebration.

Following a weekend at Campbellsville University on Oct. 4, the Hawks will return for a three-game homestand beginning on Oct. 11 with Lambuth University. The next weekend, Shorter will face first time opponent NCAA Div. II North Greenville University, followed by an exciting Thursday night football game against Union College (Ky.) at 7 p.m. on Oct. 23.

The Hawks close out the season with games against three Mid-South Western Division opponents. On Nov. 1, they will travel to Lebanon, Tenn., to play Cumberland University, before returning for their final home game on Nov. 8 against the Belhaven College Blazers. Shorter's final regular season game will be on Nov. 15 against Bethel College in McKenzie, Tenn.

"It is a pretty typical schedule for us once our first home game hits. Our conference games will be the major focus of the season and we feel like we will be able to challenge any team for the top spot," added Jones.

To view the complete schedule, click here.

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