September 19th was the start of conference play in the “Eastern Collegiate Football Conference”. We were looking to start with a nice 1-0 record in conference play. Things felt great Saturday morning as we left the hotel to leave Mount Ida’s campus. Listening to music and thinking about the game was exactly what I did for those two hours before kickoff.
We started the game scoreless for the first quarter before finally Mount Ida scored to make the score 7-0 early in the second quarter. That was the only score of the first half before heading into half time. Several mistakes were made on both sides of the ball. Missed tackles and missed reads stopped us. After making some adjustments in the locker room, we came back on the field to get back to work and make a run for winning our first conference game. However the mistakes continued. Mount Ida scored on their starting possession of the second half to extend the lead to 14-0. The Bison never lost hope as we finally scored our first touchdown early in the 4th quarter to make it a 14-6 game. It seemed like a manageable game until the PAT. Attempting to kick the extra point, it got blocked… and not only that, it got picked up and ran all the way back for a touchdown by Mount Ida. By rule, that counts as two points so that made it a 16-6 game. What was once a one possession game changed suddenly to a two possession game. Things didn’t get any better as Mount Ida scored again to extend the lead to 23-6. With all the effort and passion we had throughout the game, we came just short of winning our first ECFC conference game.