Pride on the line in Beavers' football finale
Seniors and pride are the motivating factors for the Bemidji State football team in today's season finale against Minnesota-Crookston at 1 p.m. at Chet Anderson Stadium.
With playoff and bowl aspirations out of the picture, the Beavers (6-4 overall, 5-4 NSIC) will look to rebound from last week's loss to St. Cloud State and end the season on a positive note with a win against the Golden Eagles (1-9 overall, 0-9 NSIC).
"Obviously we're not going to the playoffs or anything, but I know 7-4 sounds a lot better than 6-5," Bemidji State head coach Jeff Tesch said. "We have recruits the game is important for let alone the seniors, so there's a lot to play for. I know on paper it doesn't look that way but the guys know it's an important game."
Today's game marks the final game for senior safety Jasmine Watkins, wide receiver Adam Berg, cornerback Sid Johnson, quarterback Derek Edholm, wide receiver Andrew Schultz, safety Anthony Ragsdale, safety Aaron Roland, running back Steven Battle, linebacker Andrew Eagan, offensive lineman Chris Parrish, defensive end Rob Wills and defensive end Jordan Lardinois.
The BSU seniors have played in three winning seasons at Bemidji State and have been part of teams with a combined record of 26-17 heading into today's Battle for the Hubcap trophy game against Crookston.
"They won a lot of ballgames here, done a lot of great things for the program and we thank them for all their efforts," Tesch said.
The 2010 Beavers started the year with hopes of making the national tournament after a breakout season in 2009, but the wins needed to reach the postseason never fell into place.
"I just feel bad because I think we should have got at least another win and made it to a bowl game," Bemidji State linebacker and captain George Percak-Dennett said. "I'm going to miss these (seniors). I was talking to a few of them, Eagan and Parrish in particular, I can't believe it's the last time they put on pads for practice today."
Regardless of today's outcome, the seniors have made their mark at BSU.
Edholm hast started at quarterback for three straight years and holds the school records for touchdown passes (55), completions (461), offensive yards (6,061) and passing yards (5,337).
Schultz will leave as one of the few receivers in BSU history with 1,000 receiving yards and 1,000 receptions.
Wills is having an outstanding season and he ranks 25th nationally for tackles for a loss (1.55 game) and ranks third in the NSIC with eight sacks.