I hope you enjoyed the holiday with your family and friends. I would have loved to have been with my family yesterday, but I could not have been happier spending Thanksgiving with ninety of my brothers on an empty Colgate campus. We had a delicious Thanksgiving dinner at The Colgate Inn and I’ve never seen the guys eat so much. Today we arrived in Newark, New Jersey where we will brace ourselves for our first playoff game versus the Wagner Seahawks of Staten Island.
Last week we concluded our regular season with a 41-39 thrilling victory over Fordham. We had to make the game exciting for all of you who came out to support us! With the win at Fordham we are currently 8-3 as we take on the champion of the Northeastern Conference, Wagner, who is also 8-3. Wagner shutout Albany 30-0, but they barely beat Holy Cross and Sacred Heart, and they lost to Georgetown. As you all know, we lost to Albany during the season opener but we clobbered Holy Cross, Sacred Heart, and Georgetown.
Just like every other week, we expect to win and we will be disappointed if we don’t. This team is no better than anybody we’ve seen so far, and we are treating this just like another game. Wagner has a talented running back and a big quarterback who likes to run. Defensively, they have been sound all season, but they have yet to face an offense like ours. There is no reason for us to change our game plan for these guys. After all, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” We are going to continue to play Colgate Football and make Wagner’s first ever playoff appearance a short-lived experience. I hope to see many of you at the game!
In other Colgate Football news, this past week we had nine players receive All-Patriot League Honors. Most notably, Gavin McCarney won Offensive Player of the Year as well as first-team quarterback; senior wide receiver, Chris Looney, was Scholar-Athlete of the year and second-team receiver. Other first-team offensive players were senior running back, Jordan McCord, three senior offensive linemen, Ryan Risch, Brian Crockett, Craig Capodiferro, and sophomore fullback, Ed Pavalko. Senior linebacker, Pat Friel, earned second team defensive honors.
Enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend. Go ‘Gate! 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).
UPDATE: Uplifting Athletes would like to congratulate the Raiders on clinching the Patriot League championship title and for scoring 65 touchdowns this season, each one of which helped to raise money and awareness for their Chapter. We appreciate your efforts and positive impact in the rare disease community. Together…We Are…Stronger!