By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – If you want to evaluate the 2013 regular season for the Division III Rowan Profs football team, you really have to break it up into two parts. Before October 12th and after.READ MORE: Beach Erosion Will Keep One-Third Of North Wildwood Beaches Closed Memorial Day Weekend
That’s because on October 12th, the Profs got blitzed on the road, 41-21, by a Morrisville State team that finished 3-7. The loss dropped the Profs to 3-2 at the season’s midway point.
“You know after that game,” Rowan head coach Jay Accorsi tells KYW Newsradio. “I think if you were to ask probably anyone in the program, ‘Do you think we win a conference championship and go to the NCAA playoffs?’ Probably not. But I think it taught us a lot. Sometimes when you lose or you fail when you do something, you probably learn the most about yourself. And I think we did after that game. We really had to evaluate where we were in all phases of the game. We had to evaluate what we were doing. We made a lot of changes, a lot of them worked, we tinkered with some things and now we find ourselves right here.”
“Right here” is in the Division III NCAA Tournament with a first-round home game on Saturday, in Glassboro, NJ, against Endicott College. Since the Morrisville State loss, the Profs have gone 5-0, allowing just 62 points in those five games. They shared the New Jersey Athletic Conference title with Brockport and earned the conference’s automatic bid to the tournament.