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LEBANON -- After opening the 2008 football season with four straight games on the road, the recently-released 2009 Cumberland football schedule is certainly a welcome relief.

Coach Dewayne Alexander’s Bulldogs open this fall with two home games, marking three of the first four contests at Lindsey Donnell Stadium.

"This is certainly a big change from last season," Alexander said, "football fans in general are always excited early in the season. We’re hoping we can build on that excitement with some early home games."

After opening the schedule vs. Campbellsville and Georgetown, CU will bus to Newberry, SC to take on NCAA Division II Newberry College -- a member of the South Atlantic Conference.

Homecoming is set for Oct. 10 vs. Faulkner, allowing for the highly popular Kick-Off Tailgate Party to be held early in the season.

"Last year with all the road games to start the season, the tailgate party and homecoming fell on the same date," Alexander said. "This year we’re fortunate to have these two big events on separate dates."

CU closes the regular season with four straight games vs. MidSouth Conference Western Division foes, including a home game with Belhaven Oct. 24, followed by games at Shorter College in Rome, GA Oct. 31; at Kentucky Christian Nov. 7; and at arch rival Lambuth in Jackson Nov. 14 for the regular season finale.

2009 Cumberland University football schedule

Sept. 5 CAMPBELLSVILLE 1:30 p.m.

Sept. 12 GEORGETOWN 1:30 p.m.

Sept. 19 at Newberry College TBA

Sept. 26 UNIV. of the CUMBERLANDS 1:30 p.m.

Oct. 3 at Bethel College 6:30 p.m.

Oct. 10 FAULKNER 1:30 p.m. (HC)

Oct. 17 at UVA-Wise 12:30 p.m.

Oct. 24 BELHAVEN 1:30 p.m.

Oct. 31 at Shorter College 12:30 p.m.

Nov. 7 at Kentucky Christian 12 Noon

Nov. 14 at Lambuth Univ. 12 Noon

Home games in ALL CAPS

Former Cumberland football player Jesse Montoya will participate in the 3rd annual College Fanz/Victory Sports Network NAIA Senior Classic scheduled for Saturday, April 25 at 1 p.m. in Platte City, Mo.

The College Fanz Sports Network’s Senior Classic will pit 120 former NAIA football players against one another in a showcase of talent and character. Players from 50 different NAIA schools from states across the country will take part in the contest at Platte County R3 High School’s Pirate Stadium in Platte City.

Montoya, an Atlanta, Ga., native and Pebblebrook High School product, will be part of the Nationals roster coached by John Bland of the University of the Cumberlands.

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