GLENVILLE - Although it's not a road trip that looks winnable on paper, the Glenville State College football team is set to square off at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Lexington against the host Keydets of Virginia Military Institute.
VMI head coach Sparky Woods' squad is coming off a 34-0 setback in its opener to No. 15 Richmond and the last thing the Keydets want to do is lose to a Division II program as a member of the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).
"We've got a challenge coming at home this week with a team we know little about in Glenville State," Sparks admitted in his weekly teleconference. "I know they have a lot of athletes on their team.
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Glenville State College sophomore running back Rahman Lee (2) rushed for more than 1,300 yards and scored 13 touchdowns last year en route to being named the Division II National Freshman of the Year.
"They play fast and have a no-huddle offense. We've got to be sure on our execution and be able to adapt and adjust during the game to what we see."
Of course, the Pioneers are hoping some of last week's college football magic where eight FCS programs knocked off Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) foes ends up on their side come Saturday.
Having allowed 240 yards rushing and 6.1 yards per carry to the Spiders, it's obvious GSC head coach David Hutchison's Pioneers will look to use sophomore tailback Rahman Lee early and often. Obviously, the G-men have a plethora of talent from the likes of quarterback Justin Feagin to wideout Orlandus Harris, but if GSC can run the ball and control the clock they could have a shot at a stunning season opening upset.
Lee finished last year as the D-II National Freshman of the Year and was 15th in the country in rushing. He amassed 1,357 yards, scored 13 times and put up better than 120 yards an outing.
"Once the year started I put everything together and had a good year," Lee said of 2012. "Of course, our goal is to make the playoffs, but to make the playoffs you have to win conference (Mountain East) and we have to dominate the conference this year."
Lee, who considers himself as having "vision to see the cutback lanes and it seems like I'm perfect for our system," knows it's going to be a challenging year.
"Last year we were undefeated at home," he said. "Like on the road games, I don't know if we were a little unfocused, but we seem like there is going to be a lot more focus this year."
No matter what happens on Saturday, Lee understands this game is just a great opportunity to make a big statement and it's not a make or break affair.
"My stats can be exactly the same as they were last year, but that's not my goal," he added. "As long as we get more wins I'm satisfied with that."