November 30, 2017 09:03 PM
The NCAA Division III football playoffs begin this weekend, and for the St Thomas Tommies - it's another run at an elusive National Championship.
A perennial playoff participant, the Tommies made runs to the D-3 Title game in 2012 and 2015 but have yet to achieve the ultimate goal of a Championship.
The Tommies open the postseason at home, hosting the Eureka Red Devils on Saturday at O'Shaughnessy Stadium.
Click the video box on this page to watch interviews with Tommies players and head coach Glenn Caruso as they discuss the postseason
St Thomas went 9-1 this year, staking the only loss in a25-22 game at Wisconsin-Stout the second week of the season. They also won the MIAC title thanks to their perfect 8-0 mark in conference.
"We're always growing," said the ninth year Tommie coach. "The last month has provided us with some really nice tests. And, each week we've increased and not just pass that test, but kind of accelerated that. That's we're were at right now, but we still have growth, No question about it."
In their last four games, the Tommies closest game was a 58-13 nail-biter against Bethel. This will be the fourth straight trip the the postseason for St. Thomas, and their eighth trip in the last nine years.
Meanwhile, the Red Devils return to the postseason for the first time in more than two decades.
Eureka has won eight straight games heading into the matchup, their longest winning streak since 1996.
"Eureka has a phenomenal run game," said Caruso. "I think they lead the nation, if not it's close, at about 37 minutes of time of possession. So they pride themselves on not just establishing the run, but continuing that throughout the game."
The Tommies have allowed just two defensive touchdowns over the last 20 quarters.
Updated: November 30, 2017 09:03 PM
Created: November 16, 2017 02:45 PM
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