Bluefield Daily Telegraph
BLUEFIELD, Va. —
With the Bluefield College football team nearing its opening spring ractice, the Rams know what to set their sights on, as the 2013 football schedule has been released.
The 2013 campaign is highlighted by four home games at Mitchell Stadium and three games against NAIA playoff partipants from last season.
The Rams have just four home games, those coming against Kentucky Christian, Belhaven (Miss.), Union (Ky.) and Cumberlands (Ky.). Three of the four home contests are Mid-South Conference East Division clashes, which features a slightly different look compared to last year.
After competing in the West Division during their first season of football in 81 years, the Rams now shift to the East and are accompanied by Kentucky schools Cumberlands, Georgetown, Kentucky Christian, Lindsey Wilson, Pikeville and Union.
The MSC West will include Belhaven, Bethel (Tenn.), Campbellsville (Ky.), Cumberland (Tenn.), Faulkner (Ala.) and newcomer Reinhardt (Ga.).
Bluefield begins its road-heavy schedule on Aug. 31 at Point University in East Point, Ga.
“Being away for seven weeks is tough,” said Bluefield College head coach Mike Gravier, in a press release. “It’s definitely a different mindset when you’re traveling...
“I think the fact that we’re going to be a little bit more mature will help. Traveling with freshmen their first time can be a little bit of a struggle, but our guys have been through it already.”
Bluefield does have two short road trips, beginning on Sept. 7 with Pikeville, along with a non-league tilt with Southern Virginia in Buena Vista on Oct. 26.
“A couple of the trips are close games, so they aren’t too far away,” Gravier said. “Pikeville is only a couple hours and Southern Virginia is only a couple of hours away, so it’s not like we’re having all overnight trips.”
Bluefield won’t open its home slate until Sept. 21 against Kentucky Christian. They won’t return until home until homecoming foe Belhaven arrives on Oct. 12, followed the next week by Union.
The Rams, which finished last season — its first since 1941 — with an 0-11 record, will complete the campaign by hosting Cumberlands on Nov. 16.
“You want to make those home games memorable for your fans,” Gravier said. “Obviously we want to take care of business on the road too, but you really want to put out a good product for your home fans to be able to watch as well.”