You would think for the Kentucky State Thorobred football team there would be no place like home.
Well, think again.
KSU has yet to play a home game at the midway point of the season, but that's not apparent with its 5-1 record and league best 4-0 mark in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Never mind KSU played all six games on the road. Forget the eight to 10 hour bus rides each week. Throw out the bruises, aches and lack of sleep because Kentucky State is on a mission, according to head coach Don Smith.
KSU is off to its best start since 1997 and is looking to guarantee only its second winning season in 20 years with a win against Stillman College Saturday at Alumni Stadium for homecoming.
"This is the first time this team has ever been in a situation where they can win and consistently win," Smith said. "And that's what I'm looking for right now."
Not having played a home game until the middle of the season is usually considered a death sentence for most teams. Playing at home allows the players the comfort of sleeping in their own beds, getting plenty of rest and keeping up with daily routines like class and homework.
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