The Wonder Boys’ season started long before they took the field, with the death of Zemaric Holt, a sophomore defensive lineman for Tech.
The emotional toll this took on the team, coupled with mediocre preseason polling, made the Wonder Boys season look as if it’d be a long one.
However, the Wonder Boys found themselves subject to national news everywhere after their first game.
In tribute to their fallen teammate, the Wonder Boys began the first play of the season with only 10 players on defense and returned a fumble for a touchdown.
They wouldn’t stop there.
The Wonder Boys found their groove and put together the best start to a season since the 2005 season.
With only one game left in the season, the Wonder Boys have already set their highest win total since joining the Great American Conference during its inaugural 2011 season, but they are in prime position to do more and make this season even more memorable.
This Saturday’s game against Harding may not be the last game the Wonder Boys play this year. Tech broke into the Super Regions poll last week ranked ninth in Super Region Three.
Super Region Three is comprised of 46 teams from the GAC, Mid- America Intercollegiate Athletic Association, Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and Great Northwest Athletic Conference.
The top seven teams in each of the four Super Regions advance to the NCAA Division II Championship Tournament.
The Wonder Boys have made it to the national playoff five times, the last appearance being in 2009, when they were eliminated in the second round.
“We’ve never made it past the second round; we want to go further,” senior quarterback Arsenio Favor said.
The loss on Saturday complicates things for Tech, but a win against Harding, who is currently tied with Tech for second in the GAC, would certainly boost the Wonder Boys’ chances of making the playoff.