Stetson University won its first football game in 57 years over the weekend - it just needed two days to do it. Lightning on Saturday night caused the contest between Stetson and Wagner University to be postponed and then resumed on Sunday afternoon. The end result was Stetson Hatters earning a 31-3 win.
Greg Kramer was at both portions of the game. “It's definitely not as big a turnout this afternoon,” he said on Sunday. “I don't know if the heat is holding everybody back. The rain put a little damper on (Saturday), but it was a great night, was a real exciting night.”
The announced attendance on Saturday night was 6,479. On Sunday afternoon, the attendance was probably about half that.
"The atmosphere was phenomenal from the walk into the stadium, national anthem and playing," Stetson coach Roger Hughes said. "It was unmatched. It's also great to win." The university’s football program had been shut down since 1956.
Stetson quarterback Ryan Tentler spent all of last year preparing for the 2013 season opener.
"Finally, we got a game off our shoulders," Tentler said. "It was a lot of excitement in the air and to win is really good." He threw for 169 yards with two touchdowns and ran for 62 yards in the win.
"Our offensive line blocked tremendously," Tentler said. "We have freshmen linemen and receivers. They all did a great job making it easier for me."
Warner’s loss was also historic because it was the first football game in school history, The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported.
"I think it was more of a lack of execution on our part," Warner coach Jeff Schaum said. “Plus, our guys have only been together for a month. We practiced last year but half of our kids weren't here. Stetson did a good job. I'm proud of our effort. We know what we have to do."