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Valdosta State faces tough stretch at end of season

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October 15, 2008

Valdosta - It is homecoming this weekend at Valdosta State University.

The defending Division II national champions will host Harding University Saturday afternoon at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium.

Saturday's game is the start of what will be a difficult final stretch for the Blazers football team.

The Southern Arkansas game that was postponed by Hurricane Ike in September will be played on Monday November 3rd in Magnolia, Arkansas.

The Southern Arkansas game will be the third in nine days for Valdosta State.

The Blazers play at North Alabama on October 25th and host West Georgia on Thursday October 30th.

Valdosta State wants to play the Southern Arkansas game because of the NCAA DII playoffs.

The NCAA has granted the Blazers a waiver to qualify for the postseason if VSU only plays nine regular season games.

Valdosta State head coach David Dean believes his team's best chance at the postseason is to take this challenge of three games in nine days.

David Dean said "When you are a college athlete and having to go to class.  Then, come back and go to practice, meetings and things like that. It is going to take its toll on them. So, our guys have got to be focused on what they are doing.  They have got to take care of business."

Dean also says this is what the players want to do.

Valdosta State plays Harding at 1:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium.