SUNY-Morrisville Season Wrap Up

MORRISVILLE, NY – After their first 0-3 start in five years, the 2001 SUNY-Morrisville football team bounced back winning seven out their last eight games including a 47-16 win over perennial power Montgomery Community College in the final game of the season in Rockville, Maryland to finish the year with a 7-4 record.

"I've got to give our kids a lot of credit, after the way things started out they could have folded up shop early," said head coach Terry Dow.  "It was a tough way to start, but they showed a tremendous amount of character as a team to finish the way they did."

The Mustangs were in every game, losing three of the four by less than a score including a six point loss to Nassau CC, who was ranked 8th in the nation at the time and a four point loss to Lackawanna then ranked 5th nationally, both of whom will be playing in Jr. College Bowl Games on the first Saturday in December. 

"We proved we can play with anybody and that's good but a one play difference in any of our four losses and we're still playing and that'll keep you awake at night."  "Being able to say that we're good enough to beat anybody at this point in the development of our program is nice but we need to take the next step – we're close, really close."

In all, the Mustangs had twelve players named to the All Northeast Football Conference 1st or 2nd teams including middle linebacker Alex Lewis who was named the NFC's Defensive Player of the Year.  "That's a nice honor to have half of the spots on the 1st and 2nd teams filled by our guys," said Dow.

"Right now we have five or six guys from our sophomore class getting serious looks from major Division I-A schools and another handful attracting attention from some excellent I-AA's. That says a lot for where our program is right now."  Coach Dow also feels this was the best group of freshman to enter the program since its inception in 1997. 

Clearly all signs are pointing in the right direction for the SUNY Morrisville Football Program.  "We're doing what we're supposed to do at this level. We're getting them here, graduating them and moving them on." 

In the meantime the Mustangs are winning their share of games in the process.

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