The Princeton Tigers football team could be seen taking the field this week as they begin practice for the upcoming season. Princeton hopes to build upon a promising first season that they had last year under first year coach Randy Peek in which they went 6-4 and enjoyed their first winning season since 2009.

The Tigers will have a young squad this season. “We lost 17 seniors and only have 6 seniors this year” said Princeton Head Coach Randy Peek. “We lost six starters on offense and six starters on defense.”

Even with having a young roster this season the Tigers will still have returning players at key impact positions which will help as the Tigers navigate through their schedule this season. “Jay Palmer returns for us at quarterback” said Peek. “Running backs Jordan Jones, Austin Fulp, Zack Standifur and Kevin Phillips will all see some action. Fullback will be Christian Shafer, Jones, and Standifur. Lineman returning this year will be Tyler Mullens, Clayton Rickman, and Garrison Hartwell.

The Tigers hope that with returning players at key positions and new players grasping their game plans that they can come out of the gate strong this season. It will be a difficult road this year for Princeton as they face a tough schedule this season with only four home games and six road games.

Princeton will open the season with two games on the road to start out the season against Shady Spring on Aug. 29 and Bluefield on Sept. 5. After that they will return home for two home games against Capital on Sept. 12 and Hurricane on Sept. 19. Princeton will then hit the road for two more games against Spring Valley on Sept. 26 and George Washington on Oct. 3. They will return home for one game against St. Albans on Oct. 10. Two more road games traveling to Riverside on Oct. 17 and Woodrow Wilson on Oct. 24. Princeton will then wrap up their season at home against James Monroe on Nov. 7.

Even with a tough schedule Coach Peek feels his players will be up for the task. “I feel we should have a good year” said Peek. “It is a tough schedule with six away games. With a young team it will be difficult to go on the road. We will need to grow up fast.

Princeton's regular season is set to kick off on Aug. 29 as they travel to Shady Spring. Start times for all the games this season are currently scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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