Time to burn that ironic “VCU Football: Still Undefeated” t-shirt. VCU club football lost its first game against the Radford University Highlanders 19-18.
Play was disorganized and undisciplined, but it was still a heck of a lot of fun to watch. Both teams squared off on the field at Thomas Jefferson High school, and in between refs yelling at VCU to step back away from the side line and players cramping up as early as the first quarter, we managed to have some football.
I have to say, there were some promising moments, though. Our quarterback, junior Mike Jones (#7), threw a few clutch passes for some big gains. And we did a great job of capitalizing on Radford’s pathetic punter. Of course that same punter gave the kick of his life when it mattered most, and put VCU too far back to march down the field at the end of the 4th quarter. Desperation led to a final turnover that provided the final nail in VCU’s coffin.
There were actually quite a few people there, too: around 200-ish people filling up the VCU stands and lining the fence. Chants familiar to VCU basketball fans filled the air, and the atmosphere was generally exciting. The team’s website doesn’t have any information about the next game, but I hope it’s happening soon (and in Richmond). VCU lost, yes, and it’s not NCAA-sanctioned play, but I’m just glad to see a football team for my alma mater.