MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Football season is finally back. The season kicks off for the Faulkner Eagles Saturday with the Eagles traveling on the road to take on Campbellsville University. It's a game that has both Faulkner head football coach Shayne Wasden and his team more than happy.
"I think our guys are excited. We've been in camp now for about 19 days and that's plenty of camp," said Wasden. "It's been good though, nothing but football that's all we've needed to concentrate on."
For Wasden, it's exciting because he's back on the sideline coaching football once again.
"I don't know who's more excited, the guys or me," Wasden said smiling. "It's a lot of fun. Saturdays is what you really miss when you get out of coaching."
For the Eagles, it's finally an opportunity to see someone else not in a Faulkner practice uniform.
"Our guys are tired of hittin' on each other, like everyone else around the country, and we're ready to line up and play against someone else."
It won't be an easy opener as Campbellsville boasts a top 25 team.
"Right out the gate it's a tough match-up for us," said Wasden. "They throw the ball on the offensive side. They averaged 43 points a game last year. They'e well-coached on defense, they're a four-down front, play a lot of man coverage, so it should be an interesting game."
You can't write off the Faulkner Eagles either. Wasden's team enters Saturday's contest ranked as well.
While Saturday's game will seem magnified with two ranked teams opening up against one another, Wasden isn't concerned if his team loses.
"It's not gonna make or break our season. We want to go up there and play the best we can possibly play and if we hustle and have a lot of good effort, we can live with the results," coach Wasden said.
"I like where we are at this point. We've made a lot of progress in 18 days, 19 days, however many days we've been out here. We've made a lot of progress," said Wasden. "You learn a lot about your football team that first game."
The two teams last met in 2016 and it was a shootout in every sense of the word. Faulkner won that Oct. 1, 2016 meeting 69-51. There has been one other occasion when both teams have scored above 50 points, and two others when at least one team has scored 50 points.
The pigskin will be flying on the field Saturday when these two meet at 12:30 p.m.