Paine College alumni and students are getting ready for a big milestone this weekend.
Paine College will have their first football game Saturday in more than 50 years.
So a new football team means new gear, a new locker room, and a new sense of team spirit.
Paine College used to have a football team back in the early 1900's. The team took a 50-year hiatus.
But soon, the Lions will get back on this field at Laney Stadium to play some ball.
"Our focus is getting victory for the first time in 51 years," said Head Football Coach, Gregory Ruffin.
Last October, the school announced it would restore the football program.
In March, Paine hired Gregory Ruffin as the head coach.
"It gives the kids from this area another opportunity to play football than just high school," said Ruffin.
Back in May, hundreds of students tried out for the new team.
"When we had a tryout and had 247 young men, we knew that we were on to something and the proper players were in place," said Ruffin.
The team will play 4 club games this fall, and then join the full conference schedule next year.
"They are excited – they are tired of beating up on each other, and take out their aggression on a stranger," said Ruffin.
Coach Ruffin says a new football team also attracts more students to the school.
"We are glad its back and we are going to what we can to not just represent Paine College but also the CSRA and Augusta area," said Ruffin.
Friday night, there is a pep rally for the Lions.
Paine will have its first game Saturday at 2 p.m. against Georgia Prep, at Laney Stadium.
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