PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — It wasn’t easy, but that will make what happened last Thursday night all the more memorable for the Division II Cheyney University football team.
The Wolves beat rival Lincoln University, 21-20, in overtime. The victory snapped a 43-game losing streak which dated back to the 2012 season.
Head coach Chris Roulhac is happy his players finally had some success to show for all their hard work.
“Kids had a great preseason,” Roulhac tells KYW Newsradio. “For them to come out and produce . . it was really, really gratifying.”
Listen to the entire interview with Cheyney’s Chris Roulhac:
Cheyney jumped out to a 14-0 lead in this one in the first quarter, but Lincoln tied the game in the second and the score remained 14-14 through the end of the fourth quarter.
“Little disappointing because we thought we should’ve won it in regulation,” Roulhac says. “But one of the things we always want to do is get to the fourth quarter and be in a position to win. So we had an opportunity to win it and going into overtime said, ‘OK, let’s play good defense, let’s play some good offense and see if we can’t win this thing.'”
Cheyney scored a touchdown in the overtime on a nine-yard pass from quarterback Dominick Trautz to Marcus Lyles. The extra point made it 21-14. Lincoln then got the football and the Lions also found the end zone. They went for two . . . and didn’t make it leading to jubilation on the Cheyney sideline.
“For them to miss that (two-point conversion), it was right off the kid’s hands and everybody just went crazy,” Roulhac says.
Several days later, the victory is still resonating with Roulhac.
“It was very gratifying for me,” Roulhac says. “For me, it’s all about the kids and trying to make sure that they have a great experience in college, playing football. This group is really a great group of kids. As I’ve said before, we don’t have any knuckleheads on the team, everybody’s working hard, everybody’s knowing their role, knowing their place, trying to get into the rotation, offensively and defensively. That even made it more gratifying, that these kids are a good group. We have some seniors who’ve been with us four years, have been in the grind, day in and day out, stayed with us, and for them, this is their first college win.”
The Wolves will go for a 2-0 start on Saturday when they host PSAC power California (PA).