Down in the Valley

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Week 12:

With five touchdown passes from sophomore star quarterback Mike Orihel, Rowan cruised to a 56-7 rout of Delaware Valley College to advance to the semifinals of the Division III Championships. By halftime, the Profs had outscored Aggies 42-0 and no doubt began eagerly awaiting the results of the Linfield-Occidental quarterfinal game to see if they would get to play another home game (with a Occidental win) or have to travel to Oregon (to face Linfield). Not long after their win the Profs found out they would have to start packing their bags for the left coast. With Linfield beating Occidental 56-27, Rowan will travel 2,926.4 miles to play the Wildcats Saturday at noon in McMinnville, Oregon.

I’m not saying that McMinnville is small, but according to the Linfield website’s “Top 15 Quirks and Perks of McMinnville,” #11 is a corn maze, #9 is the Goodwill store, and #7 is the 7-Eleven on Baker Street (you know the one). #15 is the soon-to-open Cold Stone Creamery, which is pretty cool (no pun intended). Of course, all Glassboro/Rowan had to offer when I was there was Butch’s Barber Shop - where for five bucks Butchy would give you any hair style you wanted (as long as it existed in 1948) in about five minutes, and a Wawa you just had to cross South Jersey’s most dangerous train tracks to get to.

My high school alma mater, Holy Cross High, whose season was over November 26, ended-up ranked number 7 in the Philadelphia Inquirer’s final South Jersey Football Top 10. While I’m sure the Lancers would rather have the State Parochial 3 State Championship trophy (that went to St. Joseph-Montvale), there’s worse things than being called one of the best teams in South Jersey.


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