This past Friday I had the privilege to sit down with one of the leaders of Towson’s football team. Safety Jordan Dangerfield is truly one of a kind. From his incredible instincts in the secondary to his leadership abilities. Dangerfield truly separates himself from the pack.
He joined me on my radio show, The Tailgate, to talk about his career, his favorite memories and his future…
Thanks to Jordan for stopping by! And thanks to you for checking out the blog!
As I have mentioned, I host a sports talk show on xtsr.org . This Friday at 1:00 I will be having a VERY SPECIAL GUEST on The Tailgate with me and co-host Scott Grodofsky. You can either tune in and listen in or check out Towson Tiger Talk where I will be posting the recording of the interview. STAY TUNED
One reoccurring theme I have discussed on Towson Tiger Talk, is how enjoyable going to a game is. Now you do not have to just take my word for it. Join Staci, Rachel, Jason and Ben as they talk about their experiences attending Towson football games!
In addition to writing Towson Tiger Talk, I also host a sports talk show on Towson’s online radio station, xtsr.org . My show airs on Fridays from 1-2 pm. So as a special blog post myself and my co-host, Scott Grodofsky, recorded a review/preview of Towson’s season.
Stay Tuned for more special features as we prepare to close the book on Towson’s 2012 season!
Towson University football’s players, coaches, students and fans all thought it was simple. With four tough games remaining all the Tigers would have to do is win out and they would surely secure a spot in the post season.
The Tigers faced three tough opponents in those final four games. They had to take on Delaware, Villanova and New Hampshire.
Not only did Towson have to take on these teams, they had to do it all on the road.
First up was Villanova, who was ranked 19th in the nation. The Tigers were able to survive a shootout with the Wildcats and won the high scoring affair 49-35.
Next up was the University of Delaware Blue Hens. A team that Towson had not not beaten in five years, and have never beaten under Rob Ambrose. That all changed that Saturday afternoon in Newark, Delaware.
Towson won an overtime thriller against the 23rd ranked Blue Hens, behind the arm of quarterback Grant Enders and a tough defense led by Jordan Dangerfield.
The Tigers got a break from tough competition and the road when they hosted the University of Rhode Island for the home season finale.
Towson was led by their senior offensive players, Enders, running back Dominique Booker and wide receivers Tom Ryan and Gerrard Sheppard. Towson dominated URI 41-10.
The Tigers faced their toughest test in their final week of the season. They would venture up to the University of New Hampshire to take on the 7th ranked Wildcats.
What made this an even more daunting task was that New Hampshire had not lost a home game in 10 games. Also, the Tigers would be without senior leader Jordan Dangerfield who was suspended by the NCAA for receiving two unsportsmanlike penalties against URI.
With their backs against the wall and all odds against them, Towson came out fighting.
Sophomore Terrance West rushed for 236 yards and two touchdowns. The Tigers shocked the CAA and college football world by upending New Hampshire at home 64-35.
Now all Towson had to do was sit and wait for their name to be called for the post season.
The Tigers sat, and waited, but never heard their name. They saw Old Dominion make it in. They even saw Villanova and New Hampshire make it in. But Towson was left without an invite to the big dance.
How could it be? Two teams that Towson absolutely embarrassed qualify for the tournament make it in, but not Towson.
How could the selection committee turn a blind eye to the fact that Towson played two tough FBS teams in Kent State and LSU. Not to mention that Kent State ended their season 10-1 and that Towson had LSU on the ropes at one point in the game.
None of these things seemed to matter anymore. We can name all the reasons why Towson should have gotten in, but it won’t change anything.
Congratulations to Rob Ambrose and his coaching staff on a wonderful season. Congratulations to all the players who played their hearts out for Towson University. And Congratulations to all the seniors on completing their outstanding careers and for all they did for this program and school.
It was a big day for Towson football. The one day of the year in college football when a win is absolutely necessary.
It was senior day. The final curtain call for Towson seniors as they played their final home game of their career.
Prior to the game each senior was introduced to Johnny Unitas Stadium and joined members of their family on the field.
It offers the players some time to celebrate with their families the long journey they were about to complete, before strapping on their helmets and going to football war.
Towson came into this game heavily favored. They were facing the lowly Rhode Island Rams who were still searching for their first victory of the season.
Rhode Island got out to an early lead off of a touchdown pass from Bob Bentsen to Brandon Johnson-Farrell.
That would be the only time that the Rams had the lead or found the end-zone.
Towson quickly responded with a touchdown scored by tight end Cory Kirby.
At the beginning of the second quarter, senior wide receiver, Gerrard Sheppard, hauled in a touchdown pass from senior quarterback, Grant Enders.
The Tigers had built up momentum and would not be stopped the rest of the way.
Towson would find the end-zone a total of six times. Senior receiver, Tom Ryan scored on a 19-yard passing play, junior tight end put up points on a 18-yard scoring play and running back Clayton Minott plowed his way to pay dirt on a one-yard touchdown run.
Perhaps the best moment of the night came at the start of the thrid quarter.
Dominique Booker, a senior running back and team leader, broke loose for an 83-yard touchdown run. The senior had been running hard all game and fans were clamoring for him to reach the end-zone.
The Towson defense played just as efficiently as the offense.
Brian Boateng, a graduate student at linebacker, led the team with 11 tackles. Senior defensive lineman, Matt Morgan, recorded a sack.
Towson captain and senior safety Jordan Dangerfield, finished with eight tackles and played outstandingly in the secondary. He officially ended with one pass defended, but had others taken away due to questionable calls by the officials.
Towson’s defense did not allow Rhode Island to score a single point in the entire second half.
The defensive unit will have to keep up their stellar play this week as the Tigers travel up to New Hampshire for their season finale.
Towson who is still in the hunt for both the playoffs and a conference title need to beat a tough University New Hampshire team that has yet to lose at home this season.
The game is scheduled for a 12:00 kick off and will be televised on Comcast sportsnet.
Post game comments:
This Saturday at 3:30 the Towson Tigers take on the Rhode Island Rams. It will be the final home game for the Tigers this season.
It will also be the final home game for multiple Tiger seniors.
The offense will be saying goodbye to:
Grant Enders (qb), Erron Banks (wr), Alex Blake (wr), Dominique Booker (rb), Tom Ryan (wr), Cory Kirby (ot) and Gerrard Sheppard (wr).
The defense will be parting ways with:
Frank Beltre (de), Jordan Dangerfield (s), Matt Morgan (dt), Romale Tucker (de), Brian Boateng (lb) and Brian Chroniger (de).
With 13 Tigers saying farewell, Towson will surely be trying to send them out with a final victory at Johnny Unitas Stadium.
Towson certainly has the right opponent to fulfill the task. Towson will be facing the 0-9 Rhode Island Rams.
The Rams are not only without a win this season, they have been blown out repeatedly. Last week the Rams were shutout 39-0 by the Richmond Spiders.
Rhode Island gives up an average of 39 points a game, which is good news for the high powered Towson offense.
You can be sure that Tiger captain Jordan Dangerfield will be looking to deliver a few of his trademark hits in his last Unitas performance.
Other than sending off the seniors with a win, the Tigers must continue to win if they hope to make the playoffs.
The key to this game for Towson is not to look past the struggling Rams. The Tigers need to attack this game as if they are playing one of the top teams in the conference.
There are plenty of reasons to come out to this game. But if you needed another one here is the kicker:
Medieval Times will be putting on a half time show featuring a sword fight between knights.
So come on out for football, sword fighting and to say thank you to this year’s senior class.
SEE YOU AT THE “U”!