Hornets hope to break .500

Published 11:54 pm Thursday, October 8, 2009

SELMA — Concordia College coach Shepherd Skanes seems to find something to worry about before every game.

With this week’s opponent, Texas-Arlington, Skanes’ concerns have pretty good foundation.

“They are able to move the ball downfield,” he said. “Things like that scare me.”

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Texas-Arlington, similar to last week’s University of New Orleans, had to discontinue its intercollegiate football program in 1985 because of a lack of funding. Concordia manhandled UNO 78-14 last weekend for homecoming, and the Privateers opened the season with a 19-3 victory over Texas-Arlington.

With the Hornets’ season record at 3-, however, Skanes wants to win this game.

“I want us to go over .500,” he said. “I want to get over the hump.”

Skanes said he doesn’t plan to do anything fancy Saturday, continuing with the two-quarterback rotation and the wildcat offense.

“We’re going to keep the wildcat offense rolling,” said Skanes, discussing the formation that makes a direct snap to the running back. “We’ve got eight seniors that also I want to dedicate halftime to.”

Injuries are at a minimum, so the roster should be just about full, he said.

“Everybody’s healthy. It’s the first time since the first game of the season that almost everybody will be dressed,” Skanes said. “T’Chelpio Woods and Larry Kerlegan will be alternating at quarterback.”