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Football Sets Sights on Season Opener

Contributed by admin on Aug 21, 2015 - 05:40 PM

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LAKE WALES, Fla. – The start of the 2015 college football season is less than two weeks away and the Warner University Royals have their sights set on their season opener against Concordia University (Ala.) on August 29.  The Royals wrapped up fall camp on Saturday, Aug. 15, with a scrimmage held on campus in Lake Wales.

"I'm pleased right now and the attitude of the kids is good and that's where you start," said head coach Rod Shafer [3] after the Royals' scrimmage on Saturday.  Shafer, the 2014 Sun Conference Coach of the Year, will begin his 36th year of coaching this fall and his second with the Royals.  In his first year, Shafer guided the Royals to a 5-5 record and a 3-2 mark in conference play.

"Overall I thought some of our first team guys played very well and some of the second team guys are moving up over the first team guys so there's good competition," Shafer added.  "The big thing for the two weeks of camp was to evaluate our kids.  I thought we had a good spring but right now we have to do things well and get ready for our first game."

When the Royals open their third season in school history on Aug. 29 it will be against a familiar opponent.  The Royals and Concordia Hornets have met on the gridiron each of the past two seasons.  In 2013, the Royals ended their inaugural season with a 13-7 victory over the Hornets in Selma, Ala., the first in school history.  Last year, the Royals defeated the Hornets 17-12 at Vikings Stadium in Lakeland, Fla. 

The Royals are the first of five Sun Conference schools on the Hornets' schedule in 2015.  The Hornets also have matchups with Southeastern University, Ave Maria University, Edward Waters College and Point University (Ga.).

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