Spirits rise as BCU football team claims first win

Kevin Canady
Staff Reporter

Finish. The one word that has been used many times during head football coach Tom Rethman’s time here at Briar Cliff University. 

“If you look at when [we] run into problems this year,” says Rethman, “it’s when we’ve had a lack of focus.  We have kind of forgotten that ritual of getting done with one play, going to the next one and [then] totally concentrating on that moment.”

Throughout the first four games of the 2012 season, the Charger football team struggled to maintain its consistency. On Saturday, that all changed.

With Briar Cliff heading into a GPAC conference battle with the Defenders of Dordt College, who had the same 0-4 record, the Chargers simply wanted to “win by any means.” 

“I want us to have that shark in the water smelling blood type of attitude,” says Rethman. “Once somebody is down we’re going continue to keep pounding on that, so that we will learn how to grow from that type of mentality.”

The Chargers racked up 425 yards in total offense on the way to a close 33-29 win over the Defenders in Sioux Center on Saturday. 

Sophomore quarterback PJ Quiroga ended the game with a five yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Bryce Harshman with only ten seconds remaining in the game.

Harshman, who leads the GPAC in both receptions and receiving yards, hauled in nine catches for 93 yards. He had every bit of confidence in his team during that final drive to seal the Chargers’ first win of the season.

“To be honest I got a little bit nervous, but I was confident in our offense that we were going to drive down the field and take what they gave us, and it worked out to our advantage,” said Harshman.

Now 1-4 into the season, Rethman is positive the winning tradition can continue if the team focuses on doing their jobs and staying consistent each and every week. 

“Our focus has always been becoming 1-0 at the end of each week, and that won’t change,” he added.

Members of the team feel the exact same way about improving for the final six games of the season, which includes matchups with Concordia (who they face this week for homecoming), Northwestern and crosstown rival Morningside. 

“This is just the beginning, and the season is far from over, so we still have a chance to make big things happen at Briar Cliff,” says junior linebacker Marcell Moody.


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