In a weekend that saw Virginia Tech, UVA and Liberty suffer losses, Virginia Military Institute had it’s most significant win in over two years, that’s because it was the Keydets first win in that time spans.
VMI football ends its 25 game losing streak.
“I think it takes a special player to go through what we’ve gone through here with the losing streak as long as we’ve had, to stay committed, to keep working hard, to keep believing,” said Keydets Head Coach Scott Wachenheim.
The winless drought, which dates back to October 9, 2016, was the longest active streak in division one football until the Keydet’s 20-11 victory over Tusclum.
The Keydets had come close before with four games this season alone decided by single digits.
“Truly I feel like we had our own wins in every game that we’ve lost because we gave it our all and that’s a win in itself. I don’t think our record really reflects how good of a team we are so it’s finally good to pull in a win for us,” said Sophomore Running Back Alex Ramsey.
Scott Wachenheim is in his fourth year as head coach and understands exactly what it took to get that elusive victory.
“To see Chuck Weatherman coming in, playing extremely hard, wearing 92 because that’s the year his dad graduated from VMI, and him getting the big sack and just playing hard and fighting through everything, it’s awesome,” said Wachenheim. “Reece has had a great year and this game was a struggle, he’ll probably learn from this game than any other game this season when we sit down and look through the film…It’s nice to see the hard work result in a reward that this team deserves.”
Now VMI has the chance to start a new streak, one with wins instead of losses.
“It’s definitely good to get that weight off your shoulders. But we come into each game with the same mindset, just to get a win,” said Chuck Weatherman.
“For the young guys, it was really good for them to see that we can win, that’s not a question. We can win and we will win.” said Ramsey.