NAIA Campus Report for 10/30/2004 from Jason Dannelly: Dana vs. Peru State

Some of the most fun that I have is talking with the trainers, Mark Kwikkel and Jeff Hume. While I was in school at Dana I became very good friends with both of them while I was a student trainer and also because it seemed like I was always in the training room for one injury or another. It was good to see their facilties had been upgraded from racquetball board to actual training room. The face of the facilities has changed greatly since I played my last game at Dana. There is the newly built Gardner Hawks Arena, visiting football stands, and new offices. It is really a nice face lift for a college whose facilities had been out of date.

Seeing old friends was a great time and seeing Dana finish the season with a victory was nice too. Even though I am as unbiased as I can be, I still have my degree from Dana and it was a big part of my life. I can certainly separate business and my past, but it does make me feel good when I see Dana puts one in the win column. Bill Danenhauer is bringing in the local kids and improving the atmosphere of the games. Heck, I even think he was showing off for me Saturday when Dana ran the ball 34 times for over 130yds!

As for Peru State, injuries and lack of depth have killed this team this year. They are athletic and big, but they lack the depth they need to be 5-5 instead of 1-9. Scott Beveridge is still a great wide receiver, but unfortunately he won’t have the numbers needed to repeat his All American campaign from two seasons ago. On Saturday he was Mr. Peru as he spent time as a kicker, kick returner, and wide receiver.

The unfortunate events at the end of the game were just a symbol of frustration from the entire season. Both teams only had one win. They had a lot of emotion on the field and things got really hot. I’m not going to go into detail about who started what, but there were a lot of personal fouls and ejections during the game that led to the heated skirmish after the contest. It was very unfortunate. I’m sure both teams are disciplining their players right now.

The bad thing is it was a no win situation for anyone after the game. If you take your players off the field after the game and not shake hands people call you unsportsmanlike and classless. If you shake hands and a fight breaks out, everyone says “The coaches should’ve known better than to let them shake hands.”

It was a small black eye to end the season on, but both teams can now move forward and get ready for next season. My time at Dana was great, I’ll be returning in December for the Football banquet. So in the words of Dr. Christopherson “GO DANA!”

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