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L-R to host Saturday's SAC football title game

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Lenoir-Rhyne’s Dwayne McGee, 3, looks to brush off a tackle against Barton in Hickory in this March 20 file photo.

ROCK HILL, S.C. — The South Atlantic Conference has announced that Lenoir-Rhyne and Tusculum will play for the conference’s inaugural football championship this Saturday at 2:30 p.m., and the game will be hosted by the Bears at Moretz Stadium.

The SAC championship game was originally set for April 17, but with each team having an opening in their schedule this week, the game was moved up.

Tusculum was set to host Carson-Newman this Saturday and the Bears were scheduled to host Catawba but both opponents canceled the remainder of their spring seasons last week, which opened up this Saturday on both teams’ schedules.

Tusculum went 2-0 to earn first place in the Mountain Division, while L-R went 3-0 to take the top spot in the Piedmont Division.

Tusculum will be permitted a pass list of two guests per player for tickets to the game. L-R’s attendance will still be limited to students, faculty and staff, player pass lists and Bears Club season ticket holders. The game will also be streamed by L-R at starting at 2:15 p.m.

The Bears are two-time defending SAC champions. L-R has played just once over the previous three weekends, and Saturday’s game will mark their second home contest of the shortened spring season. There will be no NCAA Division II playoffs this season.

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The Lenoir-Rhyne football team has been the class of the South Atlantic Conference over the last three seasons, but on Saturday afternoon the Bears didn’t quite look like themselves. Although the Bears outscored visiting Tusculum in the second half, they ultimately came up short, falling 28-23 in the SAC championship game at Moretz Stadium.

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