I love covering DII sports. It seems every week, you find a feel good story about a program that has worked hard to rebuild their program to a competitive level. While there are still dominant teams like DI that always find themselves in the mix, the playoffs bring an extra level in excitement that gives many teams a chance.
This year alone, Women’s Field Hockey saw Coach Sandy Miller finally grab her elusive National Championship as head coach of East Stroudsburg Warriors. Now, the football bracket sees a few teams trying to make their move.
Today the Emporia State Hornets take on the Henderson State Reddies. The Hornets are fresh of their first playoff win — an instant classic that they won 51-49 on a last second field goal to overcome the largest deficit in the programs history — in the school’s 25 years as a DII program. At the helms is head coach Garin Higgins. Higgins also happened to be at the helms as quarterback the last time the Hornets won a playoff game as an NAIA program. Like I said… feel good stories.
Take a minute to read theirs: