1999-2007 Around the Mid-Atlantic columns

November 13, 2007 Can our four stay afloat? I suppose it’s appropriate to put them to rest -- our expectations, that is. Because from here to Salem, our notions of how games should play out are going to be just as challenged as they were in the regular season.

November 6, 2007 The re-building blocks of success For some, creating a competitive and championship team means starting from scratch and letting the coach assemble the pieces as he sees fit. For others, it’s more about taking what’s there and twisting it into something more efficient, something more positive.

October 30, 2007 Mules' defense slowed but not topped Muhlenberg has relied on its defense all season to stave off tough opponents and to keep many more from even coming close. But Dickinson found the cracks in the Mules’ hide and hung 24 points on the home team at Scotty Wood Stadium. As was the case, that wasn’t enough.

October 23, 2007 Bison brothers have competitive spirit Most players will tell you that teammates treat one another like brothers -- close-knit, supportive and defined by common experience. The concept of this football family, though, takes on a different -- more traditional -- form for Robin and Shawn Shannon, two biological brothers who spend their Saturdays together in helmets, pads and Gallaudet jerseys.

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.