Fighting Scots football off to worst start since 1955

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Edinboro University Fighting Scots
Scots football 0-3 on the season

By Tyler Trumbauer
Sports Editor/Spectator

Cody Harris has played 36 games in his National Collegiate Athletic Association career, dating all the way back to the 2010 season.

The sixth-year senior has been a part of two winning seasons and two years, the last two, which ended with losing records. Some would say he has experienced it all as the man under center for the Fighting Scots.

However, what he, along with the entire team are in the midst of right now, is something that hasn’t happened in Edinboro in quite some time.

As Boro fell in their home opener this past Saturday to East Stroudsburg University, 47-34, the Scots fell to 0-3 overall and 0-2 in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference play. Going winless in their first three games leaves the Scots in the middle of their worst start since 1955, when the squad went 0-5 before winning its first contest.

Harris, who is known for his positivity regardless of the outcome, says it is about loving football in terms of coming back from this start.

“When you play college football, you play it because you love the game,” Harris said outside Edinboro’s locker room at Sox Harrison Stadium.

“You have to come back because you love the game. It is at the point where we have to come back and play with heart and have pride.”

The human performance major may arguably be the most experienced player on the field for Edinboro as 11 true freshman and seven redshirt freshmen saw the field in the season opener against Carson-Newman University. Despite his history, Harris still calls on other veterans to help lead the youthful bunch.

“It is a team thing,” he said. “Everyone has to help out. There are guys like Trey Robinson, and other defensive backs and lineman. Those guys are out there to lead and keep their heads up. It may be tough right now for them, but you have to grow up at some point. Just come back next week and try to get better.”

While the 0-3 start may reflect poorly on the Scots, many have to remember that their September schedule is tough. Their first three opponents, Carson-Newman, Shippensburg and East Stroudsburg, had a combined 2013 record of 24-11. It doesn’t get much easier either as Edinboro faces California (Pa.), who went 7-4 in 2013, and is 2-1 so far in 2014. Also, they’ll match up against an Indiana University of Pennsylvania team on Oct. 4, for homecoming, who is the favorite in the western division and also went 9-2 last season.

Losing the first three and seeing what is ahead, Harris voiced the opinion of the team.

“It is tough. No one wants to lose three games in a row especially since we think we have a great team. Right now, after this loss, we are not happy. However, I promise you on Monday that when we come out to practice, it’ll be all cheers, we will get down and we will get ready to play Cal.”

Tyler Trumbauer is the sports editor for The Spectator. He can be reached by sports.spectator@gmail.com