BATESVILLE, AR (KAIT) - It's an exciting time to be around the Lyon College Scots campus as classes will soon begin and with them, come the schools first football season since 1954.
Over the past few years, Lyon has been taking the steps to start the program back up after the 61 year hiatus. It began with the vote from the board of trustees, then hiring of Kirk Kelley two years ago, and now with the very first competitive contest between another school.
"It's been a big thing for us here at the college and also a big thing here in the community," said Lyon College Director of Athletics Kevin Jenkins, "It's an exciting time here for us."
Kelley gets the privilege of the being the schools first head coach. "It's an honor honestly to get chosen to start this thing," Kelley told Region 8 Sports during Friday's media day, "To coach at Lyon College and the support that we're getting from the college and from the community, to bring back the program 61 years later the uniqueness is just special."
For many of the players, it provided them with a football playing home. "I was a hard working player down in Florida and just got overlooked," said Cornerback Xavier Story, "Coach Kelley, he gave me a shot and he believed in me."
The players also feel honored to be a part of the inaugural group of Lyon College football players. "Why not be a part of something special," said Dwayne Robertson, "Getting to be a part of the new program, I love this school."
Lyon College is scheduled to play its first game at home against Tabor College on Saturday, August 29 at 1:00 pm.
The Scots will play their home games at Batesville High School's football field.