During the Cardinal football team’s final week of regular season play, the Naperville Sun featured a story about North Central College’s football program and its priorities on faith, family and character both on and off the field.
North Central College’s football team (8-1, 6-0 CCIW) locked down its second straight playoff bid and at least a share of its sixth straight CCIW Championship on Nov. 5, shaking down the 12th-ranked Wheaton College Thunder, 33-7, at Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium.
A matchup many thought sure to be a down-to-the-wire affair had most of the drama removed by the North Central College football team on Saturday, Oct. 22, as the sixth-ranked Cardinals took control early on and blanked the 13th-ranked Illinois Wesleyan University Titans, 24-0, putting a damper on the Titans' Homecoming festivities and taking sole possession of first place in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin standings.
Although the Cardinals have a bye week in football, fans can always catch the North Central College Division III football team news on the weekly program “The Red Zone” on NCTV17. Two of “The Red Zone” programs include football highlights, profiles and interviews with key players as well as head coach John Thorne and the coaching staff. The third program features a wrap-up of the other fall sports teams with North Central’s Sports Information Director Clark Teuscher.
The Cardinal football team travels to Redlands, Calif., for its first regular-season game against the University of Redlands on Saturday, Sept. 3. Cardinal fans can follow the live action on WONC-FM 89.1, online at WONC.org or live stats on the College’s athletic website. Kickoff time on Saturday is set for 9 p.m. CT in Chicago or 7 p.m. PT.
During the month of August, check out the athletics website for preseason news and fall team rankings, access to the CCIW football coaches live chat on Aug. 4, videos and more. Some of the latest news includes the following:
The women’s volleyball team has been picked to finish fourth in the CCIW this season, according to the annual preseason poll of the CCIW's head coaches. More
In addition to the five spring break trips, a group of seven football players traveled to Johns Island, S.C., a rural area near Charleston, to work with the Sea Island Habitat for Humanity affiliate, one of the oldest and largest affiliates in the country. The men spent the week of March 21-25 framing a house, installing drywall in another house and helping pour a foundation in a third house. Joining the men was Gary Ireland, director of student involvement and assistant dean of students.
For the first time since D3football.com began selecting All-Region teams in 2005, the Cardinals received one of the North Region Player of the Year Awards. Linebacker Matt Wenger ’11 was voted the region’s Defensive Player of the Year. University of Mount Union (Ohio) wide receiver Cecil Shorts was selected as the North Region Offensive Player of the Year.
It was just a game. Two football teams, perhaps the two best in the nation in Division III. And we didn't win.
And yet, as I joined players and coaches, family and friends on the field after the game, all I could see, everywhere I looked, were winners. Twelve and 0 until this day, the best record and the best football team in North Central history. And leading the defending national champions going into the final quarter.