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Turn on the lights

By Ryan Peterson - bio | email

MARSHALL, TEXAS (KLTV) - Things are going good for East Texas Baptist University Football Coach Mark Sartain.  Sartain says Advancing Native Missions has reimbursed him and 12 other Tigers for their summer trip gone wrong to Great Britain.

In May, the Tigers traveled to London for a what was supposed to be a missionary trip.  They were never allowed to leave the airport and were sent back to the states.  Sartain says they want to send him and his players to the Ukraine next summer.

More good news for ETBU. The lights are coming on.  The Tigers will host there first night game ever, Saturday against Texas Lutheran.   It took ten years to make it happen, so the guys will have a little jump in their step under the lights.

"We've been looking for them for about four years now," said ETBU Linebacker Brandon Joslin.  "And it just brings you back to old memories of high school football, Friday night lights. Playing Saturday night here under the lights we'll be a great experience for us."

"It's going to be awesome," said ETBU Lineman Stephen Nicasio.  "It's a different atmosphere than what we've been playing in. I've been here four years, playing under the sun is a lot different than playing under the lights. The atmosphere's going to be a lot better. Weather is definitely going to be a lot better."

They hope that means more people in the seats.

"I think the lights are going to bring out more people," said ETBU Fullback Keiston Bennett.  "Because a lot of people have been complaining about the heat that's why they never come to games, so I think it's going to bring more fans out."

ETBU is also adding seating on the visitors side of Ornelas Stadium.

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