December 3, 2013

VICTORIOUS! Misericordia Football

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Rob Evans, Reporter
If at first you don’t succeed, you are victorious over FDU Florham.

A young cast of players with a year of experience behind them brought home the university’s first football victory, posting a 63-40 win over FDU Florham University Nov. 16. The ride home from Madi- son, NJ was different from other homecomings: Players and coaches finally cheered a victory.

“It’s nice to get that monkey off my back, but this is about the kids,” said head coach Mark Ross. “Whether we win or lose,
I can handle it. But from a team standpoint, it energizes you going into the off-season, and I think that was the crucial thing.”
Ross put the win into perspective.

“There’s not one game, whether you win or lose, the sun is coming up the next day. There are more important things in the world when it’s all said and done, but it’s good for the kids. They’ve worked awfully hard, and now they go into the off-season feeling good about themselves because they finished the game off. We were so close at times during the season, and they got to finish one off.”

One of those close games occurred Oct. 5 in a homecoming clash versus King’s College. The team took King’s into double overtime only to lose 41-40 on a failed 2 point conversion attempt to win the game at home. For Ross, and the rest of the team, that game was a tough pill to swallow. However, Ross believes blowout losses to Stevenson University and Lycoming College were even tougher.

“We gave it our best shot in the King’s game and came up a little short. I don’t think we took our best shot against Lycoming and Stevenson. So they were much harder for me, personally. It shows you how fine the line is between winning and losing and how tight the competition is in this league. We were right there with a team in King’s that ended up 6-4.”

In addition to the 63 point effort versus FDU-Florham, the squad was able to post gaudy offensive numbers throughout various points in the season. In a season- opening loss versus Gettysburg College, the team piled up 587 yards rushing, setting a single- game record for rushing yards in the MAC. Ross attributes the offensive prowess to the players and their commitment.

“To be honest, we’ve changed some things offensively from a year ago. So for the kids to pick up and excel at it as quickly as they did is a credit to their efforts. One of the things that stands out is the play up front on the offensive line and the offense in general.”

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