by, 11-27-2011 at 08:47 PM (3349 Views)
Last week, in a response to one of the comments to my blog, I picked the North Greenville Crusaders to win their Saturday playoff game against a talented Mars Hill team. I even went so far as to call the Crusaders "The Team of Destiny." And that being as it may, I did not have a thing to do with the Crusader's historic 58-32 victory in the second round of the D2 playoffs. They won their ninth straight game of the year and the victory also avenged a (38-28) loss at the hands of Mars Hill earlier in the season.
The Crusaders are tough, talented, disciplined and well coached.
All literary license aside . . . . What You See Is What You Get, and It Is What It Is . . . and the North Greenville Crusaders are now among an elite group of D2 football teams still alive in the playoffs and in the hunt for a national championship. On Saturday against Mars Hill, Crusader quarterback Willy Korn came to play, running the ball for 92 net yards, and scoring on three touchdown runs and completing 11of 13 passes (one for a TD). The Crusader D was also in it for the W and Nick Rosamonda was in on ten tackles and returned an interception 55 yards for a touchdown, while Jamarius Robinson had a pair of picks and took one of them to the house for a 45 yard TD.
Over 900 yards in total offense was recorded in the game and Mars Hill's talented running back Jonas Randolph rammed his way for 200 yards rushing. Randolph is one tough cookie and for the season he toted the football 366 times for 2,170 yards and 18 touchdowns . . . Which is One Very Fine Season.
And speaking of a Fine Season, the North Greenville season is not over, and they WILL be ready to go this coming Saturday when they visit Delta State in the next round of the playoffs. According to North Greenville Sports Information, Crusader head coach Jamey Chadwell said, "It's pretty special being a national quarterfinalist. Our team wanted a chance to show they could beat every team in the South Atlantic Conference, and they proved that. Mars Hill had a whole extra week to prepare for us, and our guys came out ready to play and I'm proud of that."
Chadwell has plenty to be proud of, as do the rest of the Crusader coaches, their players, and their fans, and there is plenty more football fun ahead for all of us.
Please Do Not Take Things Too Seriously, and ENJOY BEING YOU!!!