Mount Carmel graduate Chris Steck and Selinsgrove graduate Matt Wenrich are part of one of the winningest classes in Bloomsburg University football history.
But most of their seasons ended in disappointment.
Their freshman season came to a halt with two losses to Mercyhurst in three weeks -- one in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference championship game and the other in the NCAA Division II playoffs. In 2011 and 2012, Bloomsburg started both seasons 8-0 before dropping key games which cost them a PSAC-East Division title. The 2011 struggles cost them a playoff berth, while last season ended with two losses to Shippensburg, including 58-20 in the playoffs.
That's what made Saturday afternoon at Danny Hale Field at Robert Redman Stadium so special for the Huskies. On what could have been their final game at home, seniors like Steck, Wenrich and standout tailback Franklyn Quiteh helped Bloomsburg rally to 42-38 victory in the PSAC Championship game over Slippery Rock.
If you get a chance to see a picture on the Huskies' website (buhuskies.com), you can see the absolute joy on the faces Steck, a senior captain and starter of 46 consecutive games since 2010, and Quiteh right in the middle of the photo holding the PSAC trophy.
Glenn Hutton, Jr., Jonathan Patrick, Larry Webster, Brian Clarke, Matt Feiler, Ian Murray, Danny Fisher and Chris Kennedy were the other seniors honored before Saturday's game. The senior class is now 39-8 overall, 20-2 at Redman Stadium in their careers.
With the win over The Rock, the Huskies moved up in the regional rankings, earning a No. 2-seed and a bye in next week's NCAA first round. Bloomsburg (9-1) will host the winner of this week's West Chester-American International contest at Redman Stadium on Nov. 30.
It would be interesting to see if the turmoil surrounding the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association championship game between Winston Salem State and Virginia State had any impact in the rankings.