Bluefield College playing with Fire in Florida tonight – Bluefield Daily Telegraph
BLUEFIELD — If only indirectly, Bluefield College will be doing its part to help victims of Hurricane Irma when the Rams football team faces Southeastern University in Lakeland, Fla. tonight.
The big challenge will be for Bluefield (1-1, 1-1) to not keep giving until it hurts when it faces the Fire (2-0, 2-0), a rising NAIA power which garnered a No. 10 ranking in this week’s national football poll.
SEU will donate the proceeds of tonight’s game, which kicks off at Victory Stadium at 7 p.m., to Hurricane Irma Relief.
Rams head coach Dewey Lusk knows his team will have its hands full of Fire, which has taken an early lead in the Mid-South Conference Sun Division standings.
“They are a great football team,” said Lusk, who led Bluefield to a 19-0 win over Ed Waters College at Mitchell Stadium last week.
SEU went to the NAIA playoffs last year after winning the Sun Conference championship.
“They have a playoff-experience-laden football team. I’m anxious to see how we respond in that environment. A nice big stadium and it will be packed. How will Bluefield College respond in that environment?” Lusk said.
Southeastern is a young program — only four or five seasons old — but an old team personnel-wise, boasting its first senior-laden squad, including 17 returning starters.
“We got to play them last year when I was at Webber and they are very talented. They’ve got several transfers. They even have a transfer from Kansas at wide receiver who was the second-leading receiver on the University of Kansas football team last year,” Lusk said.
That would be LaQuvionte Gonzalez, who debuted for SEU against Bethel. At Kansas, he had 62 carries for 729 yards last season. Against Bethel, he had 133 yards receiving, including a 39-yard