FORT VALLEY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - A year removed from an appearance in the SIAC Championship Game, the Fort Valley State Wildcats want to get right back in it.
Saturday, the Cats held a scrimmage on the FVSU campus, just two weeks away from their opening game against Valdosta State.
Last season, Fort Valley lost the SIAC Championship Game and then fell in the first round of the Division II playoffs to finish its season 8-4. However, two years ago, they were just 2-8.
Coach Donald Pittman enters his fifth season as head man in Fort Valley, where his 2013 defense returns eight starters.
"I've been here for four seasons, and this is the best preseason practice we've had," Pittman says. "Everything seems to be going great, and the young men are ready for it to carry over into the season. If anybody comes to see us play, I think they will enjoy a good, good football team."
The Wildcats take on the defending national champion Valdosta Blazers September 7 at 2 p.m. at Macon's Henderson Stadium.