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Preparation for first football season begins

Contributed by admin on Aug 18, 2015 - 11:40 PM

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BATESVILLE, Ark. – There was a sense of great anticipation in the air on Thursday as Lyon College head coachKirk Kelley [3] and his staff welcomed 94 players to training camp as the Scots began preparations for the College's first football season since 1951.

With the brand new 22,000-square foot Lyon Football Training Center towering next to the Scots' practice field and a crowd of nearly 100 on hand, the squad took to the gridiron Thursday evening for the first organized practice of the season as the team now sets its sights on the August 29 inaugural season opener against 24th-ranked Tabor College at Pioneer Stadium (1 p.m.) in Batesville.

"Today went really smooth," said Kelley after the workout, with a broad smile on his face and sweat dripping from his chin in the humid Arkansas evening. "I feel really good about how the kids came into camp and what we got done today.

"The first thing we did was challenge the upper classmen to take a position of responsibility and leadership as redshirt freshmen. And they did just that, as they led the newcomers who came in and made sure everybody was where they needed to be."

The Scots will take part in the 2015 Lyon Football Media day on Friday at 3:30 p.m. in the Training Center, meeting with fans and media for the first time this season. The public is invited to come by and meet the players and coaches, as well.

Lyon players will get back to work as the coaching staff installs offensive and defensive game plans for the upcoming season. Fans are invited out to workouts at the Lyon practice field and to Pioneer Stadium at Batesville High School on Friday, August 14, at 5 p.m. as the Scots go through a game-type intrasquad scrimmage. There will be no admission charge to the public.

Kelley said his staff is planning a progression as the team works toward the season opener.

"In the coming days we're going to be installing game plans on both sides of the ball," he stated. "We want to get back to where we were in the spring by the end of about eight days. We'll be installing everything we do. That means we'll be spending a lot of time in the classroom, we'll have walk-throughs and we'll be out here on the field getting things done."

The public will get a chance to ask Kelley questions about the upcoming season on Monday, Aug. 24, when the first CoachKirk Kelley [4] Show is held at U.S. Pizza at 60 Batesville Blvd. in Batesville. The show, which begins at 6 p.m., will take place each Monday night. Fans can enjoy great food and listen as Kelley is interviewed by Mark Lamberth, part of the "Voice of the Scots".

All 2015 Lyon football games will be broadcast this season on 93.1-FM KZLE. Home games will be also streamed live on the internet on on a pay-per-view basis. Lamberth and Randy "Big Daddy" Alan will anchor broadcasts.

Season ($25) and single-game tickets ($5) for the 2015 season are on sale at the Lyon Athletics Department offices, located next to Becknell Gymnasium on the campus. Lyon faculty, staff and students will be admitted to the home games for free, but must pick up a ticket prior to each game.

Lyon will compete this season as a member of the Central States Football League.

Friday, Aug. 7 - Practice (helmets and shorts), 9:30 a.m.
Friday, Aug. 7 - Football Media Day, 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 8 - Practice (helmets and shorts), 9:30 a.m.
Sunday, Aug. 9 - Practice (helmets and shells), 2:30 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 10 - Practice (helmets and shells), 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 11 - Practice (full pads), 9 a.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 12 - Practice, TBD
Friday, Aug. 14 - Intrasquad Scrimmage (game-type situations), at Pioneer Stadium, 5 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 29 - Season Opener vs. 24th-ranked Tabor College, at Pioneer Stadium, 1 p.m..

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