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George Mason Football continues Winning Ways with Victory over Longwood

Posted: November 4, 2013

The George Mason Patriots scored a convincing victory over the Longwood University Lancers in a hard fought club football contest on Saturday at the RAC Field in Fairfax, VA.  The 32 – 0 blanking of the Lancers was the fourth consecutive victory for the Patriots and served to secure them a place in the Mid-Atlantic Conference Championship game, to be held in mid-November.

The Patriots have been led by a stingy defense that has held opponents scoreless in two games this season and managed to put points on the board with three fumble returns for touchdowns as well.  On the offensive side, the Patriots lost their starting quarterback, Jasper Willis, for a couple of weeks only to have freshman QB, Jon Kraft lead the offense in two victories against Radford University and University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES).  The Longwood game saw the return of Willis to the offensive side and a strong performance by the Patriot offensive unit.

The Mason Football Club will host the Trojans of Valley Forge Military Academy on Saturday, November 9th at 2:00pm and then wrap up the regular season with a trip to Baltimore to take on conference rival, Coppin State for the season finale.  The winner of the Mason – Coppin State game will serve as the host for the National Club Football Association (NCFA) Mid-Atlantic Conference Championship game on November 23, 2013.

Preparing for the 2013 Mason Football Club season

Posted: September 25, 2013

Who can play?

Any Mason student (6 or more credits – Undergrad, Graduate Students are welcome, must be enrolled) who meets the following requirements:

**Please bring completed physical documents and primary proof of insurance (Insurance Cards)**

The George Mason Football Club is looking for committed Mason students who what to continue to play competitive organized football. Please complete a contact form and a member of the student leadership will contact you directly.

 

George Mason Football outlasts Wright State for Victory at Morgantown Finale

Posted: September 24, 2013

The George Mason Patriots Football Club traveled to Morgantown, West Virginia on Saturday, September 21 to play the Wright State Dragons as part of the “Morgantown Showdown” and held on for a hard fought 6 – 0 victory.

The National Club Football Association (NCFA) hosted the three-game event that saw teams from three states (Florida, Ohio, and Virginia) square off at a neutral site for some early season matchups.  The event was highlighted by a rematch of last year’s national championship game between Coppin St. and Ohio State.  Other participating teams were Rollings College and Longwood University.

George Mason and Wright St. played the nightcap of the 3-game set, on a cool damp evening following a day heavy rains and periodic downpours.  A defensively dominated contest, the Patriots and Dragons played three quarters of scoreless football.  Both teams missed on early field goal scoring opportunities.  The fourth period began with Wright St. having a possession deep in Mason territory, only to be stifled by the Patriot defense.  The Mason defense, led by last week’s NCFA National Defensive Player of the Week, Jordan Jackson (MLB) who, along with Andrew Babin (SS), had 7 solo tackles each, held the Wright State offense in check throughout the game.  Senior defensive back Jared Harris notched a key interception late in the fourth period to help preserve the victory.

Offensively, quarterback, Jasper Willis led a late fourth quarter scoring drive with key completions to Derek Stein, Sammy Yousuf, and Robert Dames, to put the Patriots on the scoreboard.  The drive culminated in Willis scoring on a third and goal scramble from the 1-yard line.  On the night, Willis completed 11 of 24 passes for 171 yards, while rushing for 70 yards and a TD on the ground.  In the air, Jatwai Black (5 – 70 yards), and Derek Stein (4 – 44 yards) led the Patriot receivers on the evening.

The George Mason Football Club is on the road next week to Media, PA to face the Mechanics of Williamson Technical School.  A former Seaboard conference rival, the Mechanics and Patriots have a recent history of very competitive contests.

George Mason Comes Up Short against Ohio State in Club Football Season Opener

Posted: September 16, 2013

The George Mason Patriots and the Ohio State Buckeyes kicked off the 2013 club football season with a hard fought battle on, Saturday, September 14, at the RAC Field in Fairfax, VA. The Buckeyes stormed out to a 29-0 halftime lead and the Patriot comeback was not enough against a stingy Silver Bullet defense.  This was the first ever meeting between the university’s club football programs and marked the start of the Patriots 2013 campaign.

Senior quarterback, Jasper Willis, led the George Mason offense by finding some space in the Ohio St. defense with several scrambles from the pocket.  However, the Patriot offense struggled to find its rhythm throughout the day.  Willis ended the day with over 190 yards rushing, 2 touchdowns, and 120 yards in the air.  Willis did spread the ball around to six different receivers, led by Derek Stein with six catches for 52 yards.

On the other side of the ball, the Patriot defenders played stout in the first half, despite some turnovers and short field situations.  After making some key adjustments at halftime, the Patriot defense held the Buckeye offense scoreless for the second half of the contest; while creating turnovers and some key stops late in the game.

The Patriot defense was led by linebackers Jordan Jackson, Lou Lepore, Gene Anderson and Ransom Kline; defensive lineman Ryan Young and Mike Boyd; and veteran defensive backs Jared Harris and Luigi Fernandez in the secondary.

The Patriots gridiron team would like to thank all the fans who came out.  Most notably, the Buckeye parents who made the 7 hour drive from Columbus.  Be sure to support the Patriots and Buckeyes as they take part in the Morgantown Showdown next weekend in Morgantown, West Virginia.  GMU will be taking on Wright State (OH) and OSU will be taking on defending NCFA National Champion, Coppin State (MD).

Final Score: Ohio State 29 – George Mason 14

Club football brings home championship trophy with win over VCU [VIDEO]

Posted: December 10, 2011

Republished from http://www.connect2mason.com/
C2M Football Beat Reporter Jake McLernon
We are champions. We are champions.” The cheers could be heard from across the RAC field at the end of the battle.

The Mason club football team (4-6) beat the VCU Rams (2-3) Saturday afternoon during the first ever National Club Football Association Mid-Atlantic Conference Championship in blowout fashion, 31-0.

The Patriots had faced the Rams earlier in the season and had won easily, and thus were eager for the rematch. Since it was their last game of the year, Mason took out all the stops.

“We conditioned hard and we put it all out there,” Mason senior Jason Hovanec said.

Mason senior Mike McNiff received two long touchdown passes early in the first half, setting the tone for the rest of the game. By halftime, the Patriots had reached their 31-0 lead.

The Patriots’ defense held strong in the second half, stopping the Rams from scoring during two close drives near the goal line. Hovanec secured the championship win with an amazing interception in the end zone during the last minutes of the game.

“You got to play four quarters to win a game,” VCU head coach Alfonso Bell said. “In a championship game, you got to come ready to play.”

As the clock ticked down to zero, the excitement grew on the sidelines. George Mason had won the first NCFA championship in history.

“It was a goal from day one, we knew it could happen,” McNiff said. “We made it happen.”

Mid-Atlantic Conference coordinator, Chris Girardi, was in attendance to present the trophy.

“You wanted it, you fought for it, you worked all season to get to it. It’s finally here,” said Mason head coach Matt Dyson to his players as they crowded around the trophy.

With the football season over, thoughts and plans will shift to preparing for the off-season, recruitment and spring ball. The team will lose 13 seniors, however, including starting quarterback Jack Langley, center D.J. Dumas, Hovanec and McNiff.

“We’ve raised the bar, definitely,” Dumas said. “This MAC championship is going to stay here at Mason and I don’t ever want them to give it up.”
The players who will be filling the voids left by the seniors are looking forward to their opportunities next season.

“I feel a repeat,” sophomore Jasper Willis said. “We are going to go into the offseason, work had, get our conditioning in, get our offense in and we’re going to get another one.”

Willis is not the only returning player feeling confident about the future.

“We’ll bring another trophy home,” freshman wide-receiver Derek Stein said.

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