Monday, November 16, 2015

Tigerville, S.C.—After careful consideration, the North Greenville football team will forgo an opportunity to play in the National Christian Collegiate Athletic Association's Victory Bowl.The Victory Bowl is an invitational bowl game sponsored by the NCCAA which is meant to feature the top member teams in the country.

The Crusaders finished the season 8-3 this season but fell short of the NCAA Division II playoffs.

Statement from Athletic Director Jan McDonald:

"I am extremely proud of our football team their accomplishments and how they represented North Greenville this season. The teams that were in contention to play us in the Victory Bowl were selected to play in the NAIA playoffs. The other institutions were from the Midwest and it was not feasible for them to travel nor did they believe that their teams could give NGU a competitive game. The NCCAA was prepared to not have a bowl game. Because NGU was their first choice we would need to decline the invite so that NCCAA could offer two other schools the opportunity to play in their Victory Bowl. This gave schools from the Midwest the opportunity to experience playing in the Victory Bowl and this was the right thing to do."

2015 was one of only four seasons in which the Crusaders finished with eight or more wins. The team was ranked as high as fourth in the Super Regional 2 rankings this season, the second highest in school history.