This Friday, the Division III football national championship will take pace at the Stagg Bowl in Salem, Va. It will feature Mount Union College and Wisconsin-Whitewater for the ninth time in the last ten years.
Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garçon will be watching closely.
He graduated from Mount Union and averaged over 60 catches, 1000 yards and 15 touchdowns for the Purple Raiders, leading the team to two consecutive national championships.
During his senior year, he made first-team in the Ohio Athletic Conference and received the Ed Sherman award, hauling in 67 catches for 955 yards and 14 touchdowns.
This game should be a close one.
Of the last eight Stagg Bowls between Union and Whitewater, only two have been decided by more than 10 points.
“It’s always cool to play for the national championship,” Garçon said. “I remember [Whitewater] had a good team. They’ve got a lot of students that go their school so they have a lot good players. It wasn’t always cold. [The Stagg Bowl] is a little bigger stadium than our stadium, [and we’re] always seeing the school support all the way down from Ohio in Virginia.”
“We should win,” he added, “But championship games are always tough.”
Here’s a video of Garçon’s impressive one-handed catch while playing for Mount Union.
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