TCNJ fin­ishes up try­ing sea­son at South­ern Va.

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - SPORTS - By Joe O’Gor­man jo­gor­ j_o­gor­man819 on Twit­ter

It’s a long bus ride to Buena Vista, Vir­ginia and it’ll give The Col­lege of New Jer­sey foot­ball team plenty of time to re­flect on the fi­nal game of the sea­son and on the nine that al­ready are a piece of his­tory.

It many ways it has been an un­for­get­table sea­son and in other ways it has been com­pletely for­get­table.

The Lions (2-7, 2-6 NJAC) close out the 2018 cam­paign against South­ern Vir­ginia (3-6, 2-6 NJAC) on Satur­day.

The Lions would like to close out the sea­son with a win and SVU would like to end its time in the New Jer­sey Ath­letic Con­fer­ence with a vic­tory. Next year, the Knights will join the Old Do­min­ion Ath­letic Con­fer­ence.

Some of the things that have made the sea­son un­for­get­table for TCNJ be­gins with the tragic loss of as­sis­tant coach Donny Klein, whose mem­ory will live in the hearts of the coaches and play­ers for­ever.

An­other off the field de­vel­op­ment that could be seem­ingly un­for­get­table is the way this young team has learned to trust one an­other, and de­spite the record, it took a big step to­ward be­ing a proud pro­gram again.

A pro­gram that just won’t quit and plays with a ton of heart.

“The clock is start­ing to tick, and our time is count­ing down,” said se­nior Ryan Sig­nora, a Stein­ert grad. “We are go­ing to go at it one more Satur­day and try to set up our pro­gram for suc­cess in the fu­ture.”

It seemed ev­ery time TCNJ was gain­ing some mo­men­tum along came a speed bump to slow down the progress.

“The main thing we can take from the first nine games is that we went through a lot,” said sec­ond year coach Casey Goff. “We gained some great ex­pe­ri­ence and hope­fully grew as a team. From not hav­ing a cor­ner­back on the bus to Wes­ley to los­ing a tremen­dous friend, fa­ther and coach, our kids have pushed through and never quit.”

The Lions never quit, but what makes the sea­son a for­get­table one is the losses by mar­gins of 40, 62, 31 and 28.

But the most for­get­table week was week six when a strug­gling Rowan vis­ited Lions Sta­dium. The Lions dug a hole early, ral­lied but just couldn’t put the Profs away and fell, 17-14

What has been un­for­get­table is the tremen­dous role mod­els the eight se­niors, es­pe­cially the five that have en­dured three coaches in four years, have been to a very young team.

“I can­not speak for my own char­ac­ter, but I can for my team­mates and the men on this foot­ball team are phe­nom­e­nal peo­ple in ev­ery way shape and form,” Sig­nora said. “The other se­niors are a step above be­cause of all the ad­ver­sity they have handed and be­cause we’ve con­tin­ued to push and push and kept on go­ing.”

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