Two Crusaders to play in East Coast Bowl
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Two Crusaders to play in East Coast Bowl

Petersburg, VA – The East Coast Bowl Committee has announced rosters for this year’s East Coast Bowl. The 5th Annual East Coast Bowl will be played in Petersburg, Virginia on Saturday, November 26th with kick-off scheduled for 12 Noon.

Representing North Greenville on the offensive side of the ball will be running back Travis Mosley (Greenwood, SC). Linebacker Isaac Tate (Abbeville, SC) will represent the Crusaders on the defense. Both players had outstanding senior seasons. Mosley finished with 1,188 yards rushing and 16 touchdowns, and was ranked in three statistical categories by the NCAA. Tate led the team and the nation in solo tackles with 72. He also ranks sixth in NCAA Division II in total tackles.

The roster for this year’s event is jammed full of Division II and III All-Americans, Harlon Hill Candidates (Division II Player of Year), and several conference players of the year. Due to expanding geographically, players from Virginia schools will be playing on the North team. East Coast Bowl Vice-president Jeremy Toombs stated, “We received an influx of nominations from several schools in the Gulf South so to balance the amount of nominations the ideal move was to include Virginia on the North for the first time. The amount of interest for this game has sky rocketed. We received almost 200 nominations from about 60 schools in 22 different states.

This year’s game will feature, for the first time, some Division I-AA athletes. The NFL Scouting Combine personnel, NFL Scouts, CFL and Arena representatives are in attendance each year. Over 40 former East Coast Bowl players have played or are playing in the professional ranks. Coaches from the Richmond Bandits, of the Atlantic Indoor Football League, will be serving as coaches of this year’s event.

The East Coast Bowl is an annual college All-star game played the Saturday following Thanksgiving at Historic Cameron Field in Petersburg, VA. The game is co-sponsored by the City of Petersburg and the National Football Foundation/College Hall of Fame and all revenue generated is used to award a scholarship for a high school senior who plans to play football on the Division II or III level. Aside from having the opportunity to showcase their ability in front of professional scouts, players will also do inspirational visits to community centers, hospitals and convalescent centers. The East Coast Bowl currently boast over 35 alumni playing some form of professional football and will feature 75 of the best Division I-AA, II, III and NAIA seniors from a multitude of different schools and regions.