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Activities Surrounding Spring Game Announced

April 16, 2009  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Several festivities will surround Liberty's annual spring game, which kicks off at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Several festivities will surround Liberty's annual spring game, which kicks off at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

After three and half weeks of practice, the Flames are set to wrap up their spring football workouts when Liberty hosts its annual spring game on Saturday. The game is free of charge and kickoff is set for 1 p.m., culminating a full slate of pregame festivities around Williams Stadium.

Leading to the annual intrasquad scrimmage are a wide array of activities, beginning with tailgating in the parking lots adjacent to the South Gate at Williams Stadium. The parking lots will be open at 9 a.m. for tailgating, as well as Grand Opening activities for the new Liberty Bookstore in the same parking lot.

At 10 a.m., the Liberty Bookstore will have its official Grand Opening, including a ribbon cutting ceremony outside the main entrance to the Jeffersonian-style building.

Roughly 90 minutes later, the festivities will move inside Williams Stadium, leading to the annual spring game. The Flames Kidz Zone will open at 11:30 a.m., to children of all ages, while a special gathering is scheduled for Flames Kids Club members.

At Noon, lunch will begin to be served by LU Dining free of charge to students on Liberty's meal plan, while the same box lunch will also be available for $5 to all other guests.

The Flames Club will be opening its pregame tent at Noon, where they will be serving a pregame meal to its members. The booster club organization will also be opening its membership drive for the upcoming 2009-10 campaign during this time.

The final pregame activity is slated for 12:30 p.m., where senior members of the Flames 2008 Big South championship squad will be signing autographs in the midway area.

Kickoff for the controlled scrimmage is slated for 1 p.m., which will pit Liberty's blue-clad defenders against its white-jerseyed offensive players. A unique scoring system will be used to determine a "winner" on the day.

The offense will receive points for first downs, extra points, two-point conversions, field goals and touchdowns. The defense can make its mark on the scoreboard by virtue of stop on downs, missed field goals, fourth-down stops, sacks, two-point conversion stops, takeaways, three-and-out series and touchdowns.

Last year, the offense shined during the annual spring game, rolling up 612 yards on 83 plays, averaging 7.4 yards per game en route to a 45-25 victory.

At halftime, Liberty will honor many of those who helped the Flames offense soar during last year's spring game, as the program will honor its 22-member senior class. During the break, Liberty will also name its Samkon Gado Award (most improved) and Luke 2:52 Award (whole-person development) winners, as well as head coach Danny Rocco's captains for 2009.

Following the annual spring game, Flames fans will be encouraged to make the trek over the hill toward Worthington Stadium, where the baseball team will be hosting Winthrop in the middle game of its weekend Big South series.

Liberty and Winthrop currently sit atop the Big South Conference standings. The Eagles lead the league with a 12-3 conference record, while the Flames trail Winthrop by a half-game with an 11-3 Big South mark. First pitch for the contest is slated for 4 p.m.

Annual Spring Football Game Activities
9:00 – Tailgating parking lots open
9:00 – Bookstore Grand Opening festival begins
10:00 – Bookstore Grand Opening
11:30 – Kidz Zone open
11:30 – Flames Kids Club at Kidz Zone
12:00 – Lunch on stadium grounds (Free to LU meal-plan students ... $5 general public)
12:00 – Flames Club pre-game dinner
12:30 – Senior player autographs in the midway
1:00 – Annual Spring Game Kickoff
Halftime – Annual Football Awards
Samkon Gado and Luke 2:52 awards and Team Captain announcement
4:00 – Baseball vs. Winthrop