1999-2008 Around the Mid-Atlantic columns

November 18, 2008 Macon faces a tall task Arruza is aware, and respectful, of what kind of legacy the Yellow Jackets are up against when they face Mount Union in the first round of the Division III football playoffs.

November 11, 2008 A first year, but on familiar ground North Carolina Wesleyan’s Mark Henninger is comfortable pacing the sidelines in front of his team. After all, he’s been doing it for five seasons now, but not until this year has he done it as the Bishops’ head coach.

November 4, 2008 A football field far, far away The Apprentice School in Newport News is no normal school, and the independence these students feel is amplified more than most places. Employment and school work are intertwined, housing is up to the student, and the bills surely don't pay themselves.

October 28, 2008 Finishing the Ricca legacy Many fathers would be happy to have a son play collegiate football. John Ricca has felt that pride three times over.

October 2, 2007 Backs in the saddle When Hampden-Sydney and Bridgewater line up opposite each other, people don’t expect to spend the next three hours sitting relaxed and comfortable in their seats. It’s intense. And with the Tigers winning for the first time in almost a decade, emotions on both sides ran thick.

December 9, 2003 A trying weekend in Williamsport With a large mound of ice in the center of the field and the surface blanketed with snow, the NCAA made a decision to postpone the contest until Sunday. Few at David Person Field that morning knew of the deteriorating condition of Ricky Lannetti.

September 20, 2000 Another Widener-Lyco classic Football can provide the backdrop for some of the strangest things a sports fan will ever see.

September 21, 1999 Macon's up-and-down day Within the span of a few minutes in Saturday's Washington and Jefferson/Randolph-Macon game the Yellow Jackets went from also-rans to contenders. Unfortunately, they followed that with a U-turn.

September 14, 1999 W&J a sleeper no longer Of the many surprises in the Mid-Atlantic region the first two weeks, none might be as unexpected as the resurgence of Washington and Jefferson.

September 4, 1999 Catholic, JCU have ways to go WASHINGTON — If key interregional matchups will determine the runner-up bids in this year's expanded 28-team tournament, then today's Catholic-John Carroll game will have big implications.

August 29, 1999 ACFC alignment might be short-lived It's probably not surprising that the Atlantic Central Football Conference, which will crown its first champion this season, didn't receive an automatic qualifier (AQ) to the playoffs. What might surprise you is that if the NCAA doesn't reverse its policy, the ACFC will never get one.

July 20, 1999 E&H looks to end dry spell A new era is dawning for the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, hopefully. The seven-year host of the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl has never placed a team in the national title game. The ODAC has had only two postseason appearances in the 90s.