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Chief Sachem Up For Grabs when North Meets East

Varsity - 2005 Season
Posted Friday, September 16, 2005 by David Falco
In what will be a new tradition when the North and East Football teams play for the firt time on Speptember 16th. The teams will play for Chief Sachem. The winning team will take home the 40 inch statue. That same winning team will add the score of the game to the base of the statue and hold on to it until the teams meet again.

 

There are many positive rivalry games played throughout the nation, many of them on the college level. Ohio State Michigan- Miami vs Fla State- Alabama vs Auburn- Army vs Navy- Oklahoma vs Texas- Notre Dame vs USC - Fla vs Georgia- UCLA vs USC- Calif vs Stanford - Fla vs Fla State.

The Sachem North vs East football game will become one of these positive rivalry games.

Below is an article on such games.

The biggest little games: We go to NCAA Division III for a look at three classic college rivalries

Story Taken From: Football Digest, 2Dec, 2003 2by Joe Donatelli


THE FIERCEST RIVALRIES IN COLLEGE football don't take place in the Horseshoe, Rose Bowl, or Bryant-Denny Stadium. They aren't played before nationally televised audiences. And no bowl games are ever at stake.

These rivalries are contested by players who compete for the same reason their forefathers did 100 years ago: pride. No 100,000-seat stadiums. No NFL scouts. No big scholarships. Just football for the sake of football.

If you have a son or a nephew who played the game at the Division III level, or you yourself attended Mount Union in Ohio or Cortland State or St. John's in Minnesota, then you know the joys of Division III football. There are many, such as:

* It's good football, coached by local legends who have been with the same school for 20 or 30 years.

* There are massive chips on the shoulders of every linebacker and tailback who thinks he should be playing in Division I.

* The rivalries are ancient and storied.

Says D3football.com publisher Pat Coleman, "A few years ago, we had a coach tell us, 'You can lose them all, but you better win that last game.' That season he lost the last game and was removed."

The players take these rivalries seriously. For many, the last game of their career comes against the same players they lined up against on their first play in junior high.

With no bowls to play for, season-ending contests such as the one between Wabash and DePauw have become de facto bowl games that are more popular, in a way, than their Division I counterparts.

Says DePauw sports information director Bill Wagner. 'They have an enrollment of 2,300, and we have an enrollment of 800. We draw 8,000 fans to this game. That would be like Ohio State-Michigan drawing 200,000."

Here, then, is our look at three Division III rivalries that are as good as any in all of college football:

WILLIAMS-AMHERST

Considering its bloodline, Williams-Amherst might be the purest rivalry in all of sports.

In 1821, Williams president Zephaniah Swift Moore was so convinced that no college could thrive in northwest Massachusetts that he took a group of students, faculty, and--legend has it--a few library books 60 miles southeast to start a new school, Amherst College. Amherst students and staff have since been labeled "defectors."

"We hold it against them every chance we get," says Williams sports information director Dick Quinn. He's not kidding. A few years ago, the Williams band presented the Amherst band with an overdue library fine for $1.6 billion.

For this and many other reasons, the Williams College Ephs vs. the Amherst College Lord Jeffs has been dubbed "The Biggest Little Game in America."

It's truly a sibling rivalry, complete with all the sophomoric shenanigans one would expect. Like the year Amherst tried to sneak a student onto the field wearing a Williams uniform, only to have the student disrobed by officials before the crowd.

Then there's the legend no one will confirm or deny about a group of Williams alumni who kidnapped the Amherst quarterback the night before the game, got him drunk, locked him in a closet, and then discovered he was injured and wouldn't be playing anyway.

Because the teams have been playing since 1884, tradition is a major part of each game. When Williams wins at home, players walk with fans out of Weston Field and down Spring Street to St. Pierre's Barber Shop, a local institution that displayed a sign reading STILL ONLY THREE HOURS FROM FENWAY PARK when it moved to a different part of town. Shades drawn, the coaches and players celebrate at St. Pierre's with stogies and cold beverages.

Obviously still bitter about being abandoned for greener pastures, Williams leads the series 65-47-5. November 8 win mark the teams' 118th meeting, the most among Division III schools and the fourth-most in all of college football.

Last year the storied tradition continued when Amherst denied Williams a perfect season with a 45-35 win at Pratt Field. Though both liberal arts colleges' enrollments number around 2,000, the game was attended by 8,000 fans, most of whom probably knew each other.

"This is a pure rivalry," Quinn says. "Harvard and Yale, that's a big rivalry. But Yale didn't defect from Harvard."

WABASH-DEPAUW

Yes, the Monon Bell sounds just like the Bronze Boot and the Little Brown Jug and Ye Olde English Butter Churner and the rest of college football's old-time-rivalry hardware. But the bell is truly a superior piece of battle bauble.

For starters, it weighs in at an impressive 258 pounds. It gets stolen more often than Rosco P. Coltrane's squad car. And it has history. The bell once sat atop the Monon Line railroad engine that carried students to and from Wabash-DePauw football games.

"I call the bell the greatest symbol of any rivalry in the country," says DePauw head coach Nick Mourouzis, who has coached in 22 Monon Bell games, more than anyone in history. "We love to ring it. It makes a great sound. It resonates."

Alumni from the two Indiana schools would know. The bell has officially been stolen eight times, most recently in 1998. One of the more clever heists occurred in 1965, when a Wabash student appeared on the DePauw campus disguised as a Mexican dignitary. The impostor asked the president if he could see the bell. The president complied, and the student later returned with friends and absconded with it.

As for great moments on the field, there are too many to mention. The series between the West Central Indiana schools is knotted at 50-50-9.

Many fans on both sides talk about the 2001 classic. DePauw rallied to even the score at 21 with 14 seconds left. But on the final play of the game, Wabash quarterback Jason Knott threw a Hail Mary pass that was tipped by receiver Ryan Short to teammate Kurt Casper for a 52-yard touchdown as time expired. DePauw fans are still in shock.

Mourouzis says his favorite moment came during his first Monon Bell game in 1981, which Wabash entered on a 24-game win streak. An overflow crowd, clearly inebriated by spirituous drink, literally gathered around the field and scaled nearby trees to watch the game. Down 14-7 at the end of the first half, DePauw faced fourth and goal. Rather than try a field goal, the Tigers threw a fade route in the endzone and scored. DePauw scored again in the second half and shut out Wabash the rest of the way for the win.

This year's November 15 meeting will mark Mourouzis' last game as a head coach. He downplays his own feelings for the rivalry but says, "For the seniors, it's 60 minutes and a lifetime to remember."

ITHACA-CORTLAND STATE

The Cortaca Jug game is all about great football. Since this rivalry between the two upstate New York schools reignited in 1988, nine of the 16 games have been decided by seven points or fewer, including five of the last six.

"The odds that any game would come down to the final minute so often, and that it would be against the team you point to every year, those odds are hard to imagine," says Ithaca sports information director Michael Warwick.

Before 1988, Ithaca had won 16 of the previous 19 matchups. But that season, both teams entered the final game of the season 8-0. More than 10,000 fans arrived at Cortland State's 5,000-seat Davis Field. According to the Ithaca Journal, the game was halted in the fourth quarter because officials had to ask fans to get their feet out of the endzone. In one of the most competitive games ever played between the schools, Cortland State won, 21-20.

Through a quirk in the playoff scheduling the rivals met again in the playoffs, at Ithaca. The Bombers took revenge in the rematch, 24-17, and went on to win the national title.

More than most rivalries, the alumni make this game unique. Each school is renowned for producing excellent physical education teachers. These teachers often coach high school football in the area on the same staffs and against each other. The men who help New York high school players get recruited are often the same ones who revel in the Cortaca Jug's bragging rights.

The jug itself was introduced in 1959 by captains from both teams. Ithaca leads the overall series 35-23-3, but Cortland State has won four of the last seven.

Each year the game seems to grow in stature for players, students, and alumni. Overcrowding and fan behavior have become issues at many Division III rivalry games, including this one. Cortland State games regularly draw 10,000 to 12,000 fans to Ithaca's Butterfield Stadium, where this year's game will be played November 15.

Last season, Cortland State prevailed 16-10 with two goal-line stands in the final seven minutes. Every game seems to end that way.

"It's not the Rose Bowl. It's not Michigan or Tennessee," says Cortland State sports information director Fran Elia. "But for a Division III kid, to see the stadium full and people lined around the track, it's very special for them."

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