Odds stacked against Lane for homecoming

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EAST JACKSON, Tenn. — Alumni, faculty, students and fans will gather around this weekend for Lane College’s homecoming.

The football team’s presence is minimal in the festivities.

The Dragons are focusing on ending a seven year homecoming losing streak. “We haven’t won a homecoming since 2008,” head coach Derrick Burroughs said. Lane is also looking to end their two-year drought of a home win. “We deserve it for ourselves and our fans,” senior Gabriel Mass said. Despite the odds at Lane Field, the team remains hopeful. “We really needed a win coming into homecoming week,” Burroughs said. “Get a great taste in our mouths.” “That’s all we really needed,” sophomore Marcus Reynolds said about last week’s win. “Gained some more focus and came into practice ready to get this win.” The boost of confidence comes after beating Benedict College 23-19. Reynold’s performance earned him SIAC Offensive Player of the Week. “I work hard every day to get better and motivate my team, so we can win the rest of these games,” Reynolds said. The 2-4 Dragons are ready to turn their season around. Their first step on that mission begins Saturday against Central State University. “They’re going to fight to the end. Not going to give up,” Mass said. “Gotta play all four quarters.” Lane and Central State are no strangers to playing on homecoming. The Dragons lost 37-34 against them two years ago.

Saturday’s rematch at Lane Field kicks off at 2 p.m.

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