Wednesday, December 21, 2011
St. Xavier University football coach Mike Feminis takes a cast of characters and turns them into national champions. And he goes about his work for the love of the game.
From now on, I will be prepared when somebody stops me and asks, “Why would anyone in his right mind play small college football?” My answer: St. Xavier University. The Cougars capped a stirring run to the NAIA national championship with a 24-20 victory over Carroll (Mont.) on Saturday at Barron Stadium in Rome, Ga. The game was a classic—just like St. Xavier’s season—featuring enough back-and-forth drama and late-game heroics to fill a scrapbook with memories that will last a lifetime. And that’s what small-college football is all about—making memories with friends and classmates, sharing in a camaraderie that comes from a large group working together as one to achieve a single goal. National champions. St. Xavier is the first school from…
Saturday, December 17, 2011
St. Xavier 24, Carroll (Mont.) 20: Jimmy Coy ran for one touchdown and passed for another as the Cougars captured the first national championship of any kind at St. Xavier.
When St. Xavier University football coach Mike Feminis said his players will be talking about the NAIA national championship game for the rest of their lives, he wasn't kidding. Jimmy Coy ran for one touchdown and passed for another in St. Xavier's heart-stopping 24-20 victory over Carroll (Mont.) in the title game on Saturday at Barron Stadium in Rome, Ga. And he was only one of the heroes for the Cougars (14-1), who won the first national championship of any kind at St. Xavier. Mark Williams, a 5-foot-9 freshman defensive back, made the biggest play on defense for St. Xavier. He broke up a pass intended for Carroll's Anthony Clarke on a fourth-and-goal play from the St. Xavier 9 with 2:03 remaining. Frankfort resident and former Lincoln-…
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Jimmy Coy, Wes Gastel and Nick Pesek supply Cougars with offensive firepower in a 29-14 victory in Olathe, Kan.