Spartan football nears end of their successful season


Naji Saker

Football’s graduating class has racked up the fourth most wins of any senior class in the team’s history.

Emily Young, Development Editor

The Spartan football team is taking no prisoners as it continues to plow its way through the conference. With the end of the regular season rapidly approaching, the team has maintained a perfect season, winning seven consecutive games. With only three games left in the regular season, the team seems destined to make an appearance in the playoffs. If the team can pull off another win this Saturday, Nov. 2 against Bethany College, they will be guaranteed to share the conference title.

The odds of the Spartans winning the game for Case Western Reserve University are excellent. CWRU is the only undefeated team in the conference, whereas Bethany has only won three out of their six conference games this season. Bethany is currently ranked sixth in the conference overall, but is ranked highly in sacks per game, kickoff return average and rushing offense, surpassing the Spartans in the latter two categories. 

CWRU may have a home field advantage and a great track record this season, but Bethany won’t go down without a fight. 

CWRU has one more advantage over Bethany this weekend: Senior Day. The game is slated to kickoff on DiSanto Field at 2 p.m. on Nov. 2, but any fans who come early can see the Spartans recognize their graduating class with a special celebration. There will be 17 graduating seniors this year. Their names are Patrick Crossey, Luke Bedell, Austin Navarrette, Munyaradzi Mangwende, Ryan Coolidge, Kevin Chrissis, Mario Robaina, Sam Jenkins, Isaac Withrow, Cameron Brown, Thomas Strayer, Derek Clontz, Josh Schlichting, Adam Zybko, Andrew Lease, Reed Gershenson and Adam Poltrack.

So far, the senior class over the course of the last four years has won 35 games and only lost four. According to CWRU Athletics, this represents the fourth highest total wins by a single class in the history of the program. With the excitement of reviewing all the accomplishments of the senior class, Spartan fans can hope the Senior Day ceremony will push the team toward another win to add to their record. 

This Saturday’s game against Bethany College is the last chance for Spartan fans to cheer on their team at home. After Saturday, the final two games of the season are played away at Waynesburg University on Nov. 9 and at Carnegie Mellon University on Nov. 16. From there, we can only hope that the Spartans will host a game in the playoffs.