Hornets meet UNO in homecoming

Published 1:30 am Friday, October 2, 2009

SELMA — Concordia College celebrates homecoming every year about this time, and Saturday’s 2 p.m. game with the University of New Orleans will be no exception.

This year, however, will be especially joyous after last week’s 23-21 victory over Savannah State in the Southern Georgia Heritage Classic in Valdosta. Ga.

For Hornets football coach Shepherd Skanes, however, the celebration will come with each victory.

“We’ve moved on since Savannah State,” Skanes said Thursday. “We want to make sure we concentrate on the job at hand.”

Concordia College (2-3) will have its hands full with UNO Saturday at Memorial Stadium. The Privateers are members of the Midwestern Club Football Conference, competing in the South Division with Miami (Ohio), Xavier (Ohio) and Southern Illinois-Edwardsville.

Skanes said he has been impressed by the Privateers’ defense.

They are 2-0 and have only had three points scored on them all year,” he said.

UNO, however, did not play football from 1971 until 2008. It finished 0-2 last year playing club football, which does not require the expensive athletic budgets of full-fledge Division I football programs.

Skanes said Grambling State transfer Larry Kerlegan will start again for the Hornets after filling in for injured starting quarterback T’Chelpio Woods of Selma.

“He’ll play for awhile, then Woods will play,” Skanes said. “And we’ll just see how it goes.”