Seniors recognized at season finale against Bearcats

Lauren Pierce

Seventeen senior Washburn football players were recognized at the Senior Day season finale against the Northwest Bearcats Saturday at Yager Stadium.

Senior Day is an annual event for Washburn to recognize the players’ accomplishments.

This year’s senior group is rather diverse. They all come from different backgrounds and have different assets to bring onto the field. Of the 17, 11 players have played for Washburn for four years and six players are transfer students from various colleges including Kansas University and Coffeyville Community College.

Wide receiver Connor Crimmins is among the group of players who has called Yager Stadium “home” all four years of his college career. With family and friends as his biggest inspirations, Crimmins has gotten bigger, become faster and learned a lot about the game of football to become a smarter player. 

“My favorite experience as a Washburn football player was getting to play for a good program and being able to play in front of my friends and family every game,” Crimmins said.

Like Crimmins, offensive lineman Cameron Brown has also spent his entire college football career as an Ichabod and has found inspiration in his family in friends during tough times.

Brown’s favorite moment as a Washburn football player was when the team beat the Pittsburg State Gorillas who are ranked fourth nationally on their home turf. 

“I have learned more about football and how the game is played because it gives you more of an insight into the game. It has also made me a better person when it comes to working hard and becoming a leader,” said Brown about his personal improvements since freshman year. 

The Ichabods fell short to the No. 1-ranked Northwest Bearcats in a 49-13 loss Saturday.

The Ichabods trailed behind 0-18 at half-time. At the top of the third quarter, Northwest scored seven points, putting Washburn behind 0-25. With 7:38 left in the third, Washburn’s Jake Horner caught a 30-yard touchdown reception from Derek McGinnis making the score 7-25.

The Bearcats blocked a punt and returned it 24 yards into Washburn territory. With 3:44 left in the third quarter, Northwest lead 32-7.

Washburn’s Logan Lexow pulled down a four-yard touchdown pass from Derek McGinnis to increase their score six points with 2:29 left in the third quarter.

The 11-0 Bearcats racked up 17 more points in the fourth quarter for a final score of 49-13. 

The Washburn Ichabods finished the 2015 season with a record of 5-6.