|Photo courtesy of Guilford College. |
(Do I spy a "Nathan the Quaker" mascot helmet sticker, for the season finale?)
Congrats to the 2015 Guilford College Quakers football team, for their best season since the founding of Guilford College football in 1892! They won a hard-fought victory against the always pesky Emory & Henry College Wasps to close out our best season ever.
The fightin' Quakers achieved a school-record 9-1 and a 24th ranked spot on the American Football Coaches Association Division III Poll. To further break that down, Division III is the largest of the NCAA divisions (450 teams), does NOT offer athletic scholarships, and mostly consists of private schools with an enrollment of 3,000 or less. Our division doesn't get the TV coverage and glamour of the 130 teams in Division I, but has just as much heart....and talent.
Unfortunately, we've had an almost perfect season...but absolutely nowhere to go.
Like the Ivy League, the Pioneer and Patriot Conferences, our conference is academic-focused and does NOT allow post-season play. (Bowl games and league championships interfere with final exams...) So, like Harvard and Yale, we don't have a conference championship, and have to share the title with Washington and Lee University...a heated conference rival.
Despite all of that, we have a chance to finally crow. We went from a perennial also-ran for almost 40 years, to a conference champion. And that is something to celebrate.
Go Quakers; Go Crimson & Gray!