Southern Nazarene wraps up its football season 1 p.m. Saturday against a somewhat unusual opponent.
College of Faith of Memphis, Tenn., will be in Bethany trying to win its first game of the season — and the first in program history. Faith coach Rickey Jemison says the first-year football team is made up of second-chance athletes. And not one player sits in the classroom.
College of Faith only offers online courses in religion.
Nicknamed “Mighty Believers,” College of Faith is 0-4 and has been outscored 201-12. Jemison, who is also athletic director, scheduled teams as bad as Arkansas-Monticello to NCAA Division II power West Alabama to 2011 club team champion Chattahoochee Tech. While one bye week is coveted for rest and healing by many football teams, the Mighty Believers once went three consecutive weeks without playing.
It's been a ragtag, fly-by-the-seat-of-their-pants season for College of Faith.
But “if one of these guys can do something with their lives, be successful, then that's a victory,” Jemison told the Advance-Monticellonian website after his team's 78-0 loss to Arkansas-Monticello in September.
No one in the Southern Nazarene camp will admit it, but a similar result can be expected Saturday. SNU has struggled to a 1-9 record in its transition to Division II, but the Crimson Storm has been competitive in several games. SNU has too many playmakers, and coach Mike Cochran's club is dying to play in front of a home crowd. Saturday marks the last of just two home dates on the 2012 schedule.
*Oklahoma Baptist wrapped up fall football drills Nov. 3 with its third intrasquad scrimmage. The Bison offense scored just once, when quarterback Blake Woodard hit Jordan Barnes from 13 yards on the scrimmage's last play. The defense stopped four fourth-down plays, recovered two fumbles and intercepted one pass. Bison coach Chris Jensen said players started offseason conditioning this week. OBU plays its first football game in more than 70 years next Aug. 31 vs. Southwestern College (Kan.) in Shawnee.