December 13, 2005

Purple Power

No, it's not Iraqi fingers. It's Mount Union College football.

It's fair to say that no college football team has ever dominated their competition like the Mount Union College Purple Raiders have under Head Coach Larry Kehres. Consider just a few of their accomplishments during this incredible recent run:

- Seven NCAA Division III National Championships, including three straight from 2000-2003.

- A regular season winning streak of 110 consecutive games, (ending this season with a 21-14 loss to Ohio Northern.)

- Advanced to the NCAA championship game eight times in the past ten years.

- 14 undefeated regular seasons.

Kehres was the senior starting quarterback when yours truly was a freshman at Mount in 1970, and I've followed his remarkable career ever since he became the head man in purple. Once again in 2005, Kehres has led his team to the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl in Salem, VA for the Division III National Championship, where they'll meet the Warhawks of Wisconsin-Whitewater (14-0).

Coach Kehres has delegated much of the offensive play calling to assistant coaches this year, as Terry Pluto relates in a recent Beacon-Journal article. They haven't crushed all of their opponents this year as in seasons past, and the offensive attack features two 1000-yard rushers instead of the high-powered passing attack that has become a trademark of Kehres' teams.

No matter. The result is the same. A trip to the finals. A shot at the championship. Who'd bet against these guys on Saturday?

Go Purple!

Posted by dan at December 13, 2005 9:15 PM