Moments: A New Football Era Begins

Playing in front of a sellout crowd, and what proved to be the largest non-Homecoming Weekend attendance in Duane Stadium history, the football program delivered one of the most memorable days of the year on campus.

After we had our team meal in Sparkys and made our walk through campus, I remember seeing all the cars and people tailgating as that anticipation began to build even more as we got closer to the locker room. I remember in pre-game warmups bringing all the guys up and just thanking them for everything these past four years. All the blood, sweat and tears had led to this moment. We were about to make history as the first [football] team to represent this college as a Division I program, and prove to everyone that doubted us that this is where we belonged. – Hulse

Merrimack College President Dr. Christopher E. Hopey and Director of Athletics Jeremy Gibson participated in the commemorative coin toss

On a picture perfect day on campus, the Warriors gave the Duane Stadium faithful plenty to cheer about from the opening kickoff and onward against Virginia University of Lynchburg. Two first-quarter takeaways led to a pair of touchdowns that helped create a 17-7 lead. A 23-yard scoring strike as well as a 14-play drive highlighted the second quarter, leaving the hosts with a commanding 31-7 halftime advantage. And the rout, simply, was on.

Merrimack’s student section provided plenty of energy for the football team to benefit from

With every spot of real estate occupied in the Duane Stadium seats and playing in front of a raucous student section that provided the Warriors as much energy as possible, the football program established that they belonged. A new era – a new #MackTough era – was here to stay.

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