#2 UMW football, Frontier champs & NAIA palyoff

Wednesday, January 5, 2022
#2 UMW football, Frontier champs & NAIA palyoff

We’ve got that Bulldog spirit. J.P. Plutt photo

The UMW football team lost the 2020 season due to the pandemic and then opted out of the alternative spring season due to player safety concerns of practicing on frozen ground in February. The NAIA granted all seniors an extra year of eligibility.

Western entered the 2021 season with high hopes and enjoyed a season and seasondefining game of up and down emotions. Western entered the season finale versus Rocky with an outisde chance to win the Frontier Conference title and advance to the NAIA playoff for just the third time in school history. The Bulldogs and their fans exploded with emotion following the 50-42, double overtime win over Rocky.

The victory qualified Western (8-3) as the 16th-seed in a 16-team playoff. The Dawgs drew top-seed, undefeated, defending natioal champion Lindsay Wilson of Kentucky. The Dawgs battled as they had all season, but lost the playoff, 48-21.

Top Dawgs for Western were NAIA All-Americans Jon Jund, a junior quarterback, and record breaking receiver Nate Simkins, a senior from Dillon.