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Week 12:

Rowan has gotten off on the right foot as they begin their march towards Stagg Bowl XXXII. After spending the first week of the playoffs relaxing with a bye, the Profs pounded Hobart College last Saturday, 45-14. Fans of the Statesmen must have been sick of hearing DE Keith Heimerl's name as he racked up six tackles, five sacks, and a fumble recovery. As expected, sophomore QB Mike Orihel had another great game, going 21 for 29 with three touchdowns. RB Pat Thompson ran in two TD's before leaving with a knee injury.

Rowan's next opponent, Delaware Valley College, had a much tougher time advancing. DelVal continued their first ever NCAA playoff run (in any sport) by beating St. John Fisher College 26-20. The Aggies scored fourteen points in the final minute to earn a date with the Profs in Glassboro today at noon. The small (2000 students) Doylestown college blew away their division this year, going 9-0 in conference games and 11-0 overall.

True to their agricultural - forgive the pun - roots (the college was formerly known as the National Farm School and Junior College and later Delaware Valley College of Science and Agriculture), DelVal has an Apiary Society, an Agronomy Club, an Equine Club, a Floral Society, a Horticulture Society, a Landscape Nursery Club, a Turf Club (I'm assuming this isn't related to the off-track betting clubs in Pennsylvania), a Collegiate 4-H, and a Dairy Society that brags that their dairy judging team is one of the best in the country. Those of you who don't care for the Accidental Blogist's college football coverage should be thankful that Rowan doesn't have a dairy judging team for me write about. Especially with DelVal's Dairy Society talking smack like that.

My high school alma mater, Holy Cross High, finished their season on a high by beating their Thanksgiving-weekend rivals Moorestown High in overtime, 34-28. Holy Cross now leads the not-so-longstanding Thanksgiving series between the two schools 11-4. More importantly (at least this year), Holy Cross (#5) bypassed Moorestown (#9) in the Inquirer's South Jersey Football Top 10. They'll have to wait until the playoffs are over to see if that ranking stands. Here's part of the Philadelphia Inquirer's piece on their Top 10 as the postseason comes to an end:
If the top three teams [Shawnee, West Deptford and Deptford] lost, Holy Cross, currently 9-2 and ranked No. 5, could become part of the "Who's No. 1?" debate.
But I'm not getting my hopes up.


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