Lions to be tested in September

The Langston Lions should be ready to take on their rivals in the Central States Football League in 2011.  There’s no question that they will be taking on tough opponents to get them ready.

NAIA’s Langston squad faces only NCAA Division I and II programs through the entire month of September.  The Lions start the season on Sept. 3 at Arkansas-Pine Bluff of D-I’s FCS.  The D-II programs come next for LU in Tuskegee, Missouri Western and Emporia State.  As if this wasn’t tough enough, all four contests are on the road for Langston.

In fact, including the contest against D-II’s Oklahoma Panhandle State, half of the 2011 schedule includes games against NCAA programs.  This isn’t your ordinary NAIA slate.

The Lions finished 2010 at 6-4 and 3-2 in CSFL, good enough for a third place finish.  Under new interim head coach, Mickey Joseph, Langston will be looking to improve on that.

Crucial matchups for the Lions come on Oct. 22 against Northwestern and the regular season finale on Nov. 12 against Southern Nazarene.  Both contests are on the road.