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Week 10:

With yet another strong game from their sophomore quarterback, Rowan finished their regular season on a high note. Mike Orihel's four touchdowns helped lead the Profs to a 42-14 win over the Red Hawks of Montclair State. Orihel's performance allows him to hang onto the NJAC Player of the Week title he earned last week for another seven days. Rowan ends the season 8-2 with a perfect 6-0 NJAC record. Their only two losses came against Division II teams. Pretty impressive. The bracket-makers were obviously impressed, giving the Profs the top spot in their playoff bracket and the fourth seed overall. That seeding gives them a bye this weekend as they march towards Stagg Bowl XXXII.

The Stagg Bowl, the Division III championship game, is named after Amos Alonzo Stagg. Stagg coached for seventy years, most notably at the University of Chicago. According to the Stagg Bowl site he is credited with inventing the man in motion, the backfield shift, the quick kick, the reverse, the end around, and the lateral. He is in no way related to Chicago Hope's Hector Elizondo, Good Times' John Amos, or Stand and Deliver's Edward James Olmos, but he did play himself in Knute Rockne All American.

My high school alma mater, Holy Cross High, scored twenty unanswered forth-quarter points to beat Immaculata 34-14 in the first round of the NJ Parochial 3 playoffs. This weekend the third-seed Lancers face second-seed Pope John XXIII in Sparta. A team of lancers battling a pope who died 30 years ago? I like our odds (the Philadelphia Inquirer, on the other hand, predicts the old guy beating my Lancers, 32-30).


At 8:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mark, There is a repeat of Tuesday's Amazing Race on tonight at 8. Thought you would like to know, Ann


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