JEFFERSON CITY — In Ken Sparks’ 35th year at the helm of the Carson-Newman football program, the Eagles will play a schedule featuring five home games, including a Thursday night contest to open the season against a PSAC school.
For the third consecutive year, the Eagles will open under the lights at Burke-Tarr Stadium on a Thursday night. This time, C-N welcomes in the Edinboro Fighting Scots. The Fighting Scots are coming off back-to-back losing seasons, but are looking to return to the form of a 2009 club that made the DII semifinals.
The Eagles have scored at least 55 points in each of their last two Thursday night openers, a 56-46 win over Glenville State in 2012 and a 55-28 win over Wayne State last year.
Carson-Newman will play out the month of September as road warriors. The Eagles travel to Wayne State for a return game in week two before opening up conference play in week three at Brevard. The Eagles close out the month with a trek to Salisbury, N.C. to face the only team not named Lenoir-Rhyne that handed C-N a loss – Catawba.
The Eagles return home to open up October by welcoming in one of the best running back’s in the SAC in Mars Hill’s Shaikel Davis. The Eagles were able to hold the all-SAC pick 100 yards below his average in the meeting last year.
A bye week demarcates the season into halves on Oct. 11. After which, the Eagles hit the road for a week seven contest with archrival Tusculum.
Homecoming hits in week eight against nonconference foe North Greenville on Oct. 25 with a 3 p.m. kick. The Eagles thumped the Crusaders 52-10 when they were C-N’s homecoming opponent in 2012.
November kicks the difficulty up an extra notch for the Eagles. C-N tangles with two SAC opponents that made the NCAA playoffs a year ago.
Nov. 1, C-N plays host to defending national runner-up Lenoir-Rhyne before turning around to travel to the graveyard and Setzler Field on Nov. 8. Wingate comes to town on Nov. 15 to close out the regular season with the Eagles.
-From Contributed Reports