Our first home game is finally upon us and it could not have come at a better time. After last week’s 31-21 loss to South Dakota we are sitting at a dismal 0-2. However, after a fast paced, physical and energetic week of practice we are starving for our first win and we intend to put on a show for the fans at Andy Kerr Stadium.
We showed much improvement from Albany to South Dakota but we have yet to claim a victory. Heading into the locker room at halftime the score was tied 14-14, and the Coyotes had the ball to start the second half. They scored on their first possession and the 10,000 hostile South Dakota fans came alive. We had to use a silent cadence the whole game, due to the deafening environment of the packed Dakotadome, which limited our audibles and our ability to change up the snap count. Coach Biddle was very proud of our effort and performance in such a rowdy environment but he knows too well that a moral victory is still a loss in the box score. We cleaned up many of our mistakes that we had versus Albany yet there is still a tremendous amount of room for improvement. Attached to this email is a link to the photo gallery from last week’s game.
This week we have the Pioneers of Sacred Heart, and if we play as hard as we did in South Dakota, we will surely come out victorious. Sacred Heart is another NEC team but they don’t appear to be as strong as Albany on film, yet we can’t sleep on them. We have to come out hard from the very first play, and put pressure on them for the full 60 minutes.
I’ve heard of a lot of alumni coming back for our first home game so the Raiders intend to put on a show for their predecessors. Just this afternoon I was driving down Maple Avenue, and after I did a double take to make sure it was him, I jumped out and shared a touchdown celebration with former teammate Kevin Morgan who is in town for tomorrow’s contest. Our alumni support adds an unprecedented amount of motivation for all of us and we are thirsty to get our first win tomorrow. LET’S GO ‘GATE!
If you have any questions feel free to contact me directly. Have a great week everybody. G.A.T.A!
James DeCicco is a sophomore at Colgate University and plays quarterback for the Colgate Raiders football team. He is a member for the Colgate chapter of Uplifting Athletes and a member of the Student Athletes Advisory Committee (SAAC).