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LRU partners with City of Hickory to present annual spring football game

Thu Mar 20 2014

Hickory N.C. – For the first time since ending a record setting 2013 season, the Lenoir-Rhyne University football team will take the field at Moretz Stadium, for their annual spring game on Friday, March 28 at 7 p.m. The game is free and open to the public.

The City of Hickory is partnering with LRU to welcome the community to the game by providing the first 150 guests through the gates with free t-shirts.

LRU’s football team finished last season ranked (13-2) a strong enough record to place them second in the NCAA Division II Coaches Top 25 Poll of the year. Thousands of faithful Bear’s fans followed the team to Florence, Alabama last December to watch the Bear’s make history as they played in a national title game for the first time in over fifty years. The Bears lost to Northwest Missouri State 42-28.

During the Bear’s 2013 football season the team also won its third straight South Atlantic Conference Championship, while setting a school record for wins in a single season, and an all-time NCAA record for rushing yards in a single season with 5,563.

Four players from last season’s team were placed on Don Hansen All-American Teams. Isaiah Whitaker of Salisbury, N.C. earned first-team honors, Jimmy Long of Battlefield, V.A., and Michael Green of Kingsland, G.A. earned second-team honors, and Blake Baker of Bethlehem, N.C. earned third-team honors. Tanner Botts of Lawrenceville, G.A. and Zach Neumann of Mechanicsville, M.D., were chosen as honorable mention All-Americans.

In January LRU named Ian Shields as its new head football coach. Shields is the 20th head coach in school history, and comes to LR after spending the past five seasons as offensive coordinator at Army (2009-13). In addition, Shields assumed the role as Associate Head Coach at Army just prior to the 2013 season.

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