Spring training has come and gone for the reigning Northeast Conference Champion CCSU Blue Devils football team. Beginning on April 1 with practices, the Blue Devils’ spring season came to a close, culminating in the annual Blue and White scrimmage game.
The competitive football season won’t begin until September, however, for the fans that can’t wait to get their football fix can attend the annual Blue Devils Blue and White Spring game. The game, scheduled for Friday, April 29, is the first game for the team since its final home game in November. The yearly game serves a less competitive purpose, as the athletes put on the pads and take to the line against their own teammates.
Spring may be a time for baseball, with the cracking sound of the ball hitting the bat and homeruns, but with the release of the 2011-2012 football schedule and upcoming blue and white spring game, there can be nothing but football and touchdowns on the brain.
The win against St. Francis (PA) at Arute Field cemented the Blue Devils’ share of the NEC title, but it also capped off a hard-fought season and groundbreaking careers. The final home game of the season was the last game for fifteen graduating senior members of the football team including captains Jeff Marino and Alondre Rush, transfer Everette Benjamin and place kicker Joe Izzo. For most of the graduating class, winning at home to secure another ring in front of a huge crowd is completely opposite from how they began their time at CCSU.
For the second consecutive year in a row the Blue Devils football team was able to hold the NEC trophy up in the air and celebrate as champions Following the 23-13 defeat of the St. Francis (PA) Red Flash CCSU was named co-NEC champions for the fourth time since 2004, sharing the title this year with the Robert Morris Colonials. The Blue Devils clinched the title in front of the home crowd on senior day, extending the home winning streak to fourteen, which is the third longest streak in the country.
Following a NEC loss at Robert Morris last weekend the CCSU Blue Devils football team (7-3, 6-1 NEC) took a trip to Monmouth University (3-7, 3-4 NEC) and came out on top 49-48 in an exciting double overtime finish decided by a two-point conversion.