Concordia quarterback Keith Ray (14) looks for yardage against Point College Saturday at in a recent game at Memorial Stadium. The Hornets hope to successfully defend their home turf again Saturday as they take on Texas College as part of the homecoming festivities. -- File photo

Concordia hopes for homecoming win

Published 9:29pm Thursday, October 6, 2011

By Robert Hudson

The Selma Times-Journal

Following last Saturday’s 28-26 win on the road, the Concordia College Hornets football team is looking to celebrate homecoming on Saturday with another victory.

The Hornets (3-2) return to Memorial Stadium to play the Texas College Steers Saturday at 5 p.m. for homecoming.

Concordia head football coach Shepherd Skanes said the Hornets are trying correct mistakes on the field in order to avoid a homecoming letdown.

“Basically what we’ve been doing in practice is trying to correct the mistakes we’ve been making,” Skanes said. “We’re working on the way we execute on all our assignments. We’ve just got some plays and stuff we need to polish up on.”

Skanes said his players will be looking to perform at a high level due to the importance of homecoming.

“Homecoming is really important. It’s big for the team,” Skanes said. “You’re bringing in all your fans, former players, alumni all coming to see you. It’s a big deal for the guys to want to perform at the highest level in front of their friends and in front of their family.”

The Steers hail from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), and Skanes said they’ve been getting better and playing bigger schools, just as the Hornets have, like Texas Southern University.

Skanes said he expects a tough matchup from Texas College based on his past experiences coaching against them.

“Texas College always plays us hard. It’s always a good game,” Skanes said. “Last year we played them and we beat them 17-14. We had to pull it out in the end with a field goal. We’re looking for a hard fought battle.”

In order to corral the Steers, Skanes said the Hornets will have to minimize mistakes.

“We have to play mistake-free football,” Skanes said. “We have to keep the penalties down. We have to play hard in all three phases, and play fast, smart and hard.”
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