AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - The Paine College Lions will hit the football field Saturday night for their first game in 51 years.
The Lions will play host to Georgia Prep Academy at 2 p.m. Saturday at Lucy C. Laney Memorial Stadium in the first of four games this season as a club team.
Next season, Lions football will join the rest of Paine's athletics teams as a member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) and play a full schedule against conference opponents.
Paine College's football program was dissolved nearly 50 years ago due to the lack of funding, but Athletic Director Tim Duncan said that will not be the case this time.
"Now we are in a place where we can be competitive," Duncan said. "It's going to increase our enrollment at our school, increase enthusiasm and provide great activities for the CSRA."
The school hired Gregory Ruffin in March as the head coach after deciding to bring the football program back.
The team has three more games scheduled: one against Atlanta Sports Academy on Oct. 19, one against Orangeburg Tech on Nov. 2 and one against Jireh Prep on Nov. 9.
All games kick off at 2 p.m. and will be held at Lucy C. Laney Memorial Stadium.