The Crusader football team went undefeated in the regular season, but that wasn’t enough to help them in their quest of once again winning the NCAA Stagg Bowl.
With a whole season full of point-making plays and high scoring blowouts, the Cru couldn’t seem to get anything working in the first half of their quarterfinal game against Wesley College. Falling to the Wolverines 19-9, the football team ended its overall season with a record of 12-1.
Head Coach Pete Fredenburg is proud of how the year turned out but wishes they could have played better against Wesley.
“I thought the season was awesome with so many players stepping up and contributing to the success of the team,” he said. “Wesley was very good, and we didn’t play our best. We still had a chance to win but did not take advantage of our opportunities. We have to play at championship level.”
Championship level football is exactly what they played for all of their games in the regular season. With eight of their 10 regular games being won by more than 10 points, few people could say the team lacked talent.
However, in what became the season finale, sophomore quarterback LiDarral Bailey only finished the game 8-23, passing for 97 yards
“We played good defense, I just failed to get the offense rolling,” Bailey said. “With turnovers like we had, it’s hard to win, and, unfortunately, we ended up on the losing end.”
Even with the playoff disappointment, the team celebrated its sixth straight American Southwest Conference title and is looking forward to next season and another shot at the Stagg Bowl.