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20 November 2006

Gamecock Seniors Earned 2 OVC Titles,
Become Winningest Class in School History

Sometimes, the value of a senior class is measured best by what it leaves behind.

The Jacksonville State football team's 12 seniors didn't end their careers the way they would have liked Saturday, but they left O'Brien Stadium with the distinction of being the winningest four-year class in the school's Division I-AA history.

The 28-24 loss to Eastern Illinois left these JSU seniors with a career record of 29-16 — a winning percentage of .644. They had winning seasons all four years.

This class also was JSU's first to play in the Ohio Valley Conference, and it produced conference championships each of its first two years. It played for OVC titles on the last weekend of the season all four years.

“I'm very, very pleased with the seniors,” JSU coach Jack Crowe said. “I know Clay (Green) had a mishandled ball, but I think our seniors had a great season in terms of what their role was, providing leadership.

With seven seniors on the defensive side of the ball, it's little wonder defense was the strength of this year's team.

Crowe credits all the seniors for sparking the three-game winning streak that put the Gamecocks in a position coming to Illinois to win the OVC's automatic playoff bid when a month ago all hope seemed lost.

The Gamecocks' season seemed all but over a month ago after they lost to Tennessee State to absorb their second OVC loss of 2006.

But they bounced back to beat Tennessee Tech, Chattanooga and Samford to get in position to play for the conference title Saturday.

“I thought we had a great group of seniors this year; they led the way,” Green said. “We had a couple things go wrong during the season, but we were able to bounce back because of the senior class.”

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