DetroitSeptember 25, 2013
Wayne State University football victorious in first-ever night game at Tom Adams Field
By Mark Vest
C & G Staff Writer
Wayne State University’s Gerren DuHart (No.4) celebrates with teammates after a Warriors victory against Ashland University in the program’s first-ever night game. The victory gave Wayne State its first win against Ashland since 2009.
The evening of Sept. 14 was historic for Wayne State University football, as the Warriors played their first night game at Tom Adams Field.
Fortunately, they did their part to help cap off the evening’s festivities with a 34-22 victory over defending Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) champion Ashland University. The win was Wayne State’s first against Ashland since 2009, and at press time, improved its record to 1-1.
Even with all that goes into coaching a Division II football contest, the atmosphere surrounding the game didn’t exactly escape the attention of Wayne State coach Paul Winters.
“The atmosphere, I think, was excellent,” he said. “I thought the crowd was awesome; I thought our students were awesome. I think, every year, the student section gets larger and louder. I think they can be a force for this team.”
While it may have been hard not to notice that the atmosphere was different than usual, after losing the opening game of the season to Carson-Newman 55-28, Warriors wide receiver Dominique Maybanks wasn’t necessarily giving a lot of thought to any historical implications the game may have carried.
“I was just thinking about winning — daytime or nighttime,” he said. “We would talk about it early in the season, like weeks and months ago — like, ‘We got our first night game at home.’ But once we lost last week, it was more of trying to get a win.”
While players may have been more concerned with coming away from the evening with a victory, quarterback Carl Roscoe did acknowledge the difference an enthusiastic crowd can make.
“It’s always nice to get a good following,” he said. “Especially, first night game. We got (a) good crowd, good students. Especially for the defense, when they got third-and-longs, fourth downs, they could feed off the crowd. That was nice.”
Mike Linton, of Clarkston, was among those in attendance, and the experience was unlike any he has had since attending Wayne State football games.
“It was the best,” he said. “Best one I’ve been to since I’ve been coming here; this will be my fifth year. More like a college atmosphere.”
Although Wayne State doesn’t have any more night games on the schedule the rest of the season, there are still four more opportunities to see the Warriors in action at home, including a matchup against Malone University, scheduled for noon Sept. 28 at Tom Adams Field.