|Coppin State quarterback Antoine Goodson was named MVP of the inaugural NCFA Championship Game. Coppin won 41-17 over Miami (Ohio).|
For the first time since Florida A&M claimed the Division I-AA Championship in 1978, a Historically Black College has won a football national title. Coppin State became the first ever National Club Football Association Champions by defeating the Miami of Ohio 41-17 on Saturday.
The Eagles were lead by quarterback Antoine Goodson, who was named the game’s MVP. Goodson is himself is an inspiring story. As a high school quarterback at Baltimore’s Poly High, Goodson drew looks from ACC and Big East schools before separating his throwing shoulder. After his surgery the D-I offers dried up.
Instead of giving up, Goodson hooked up with his high school coach Joe Garner and enrolled at Coppin State. Goodson came up huge for the young program, passing for over 1,500 yards while leading his team to a 8-2 record en route to the title. According to a feature in the Baltimore Sun, Dodson still has hopes to play D-I football somewhere, though that won’t be possible at Coppin.
There has been some online chatter about the possibility of Coppin and fellow MEAC member University of Maryland-Eastern Shore possibly forming squads to compete in the NCAA. While it’s an exciting thought, realistically it would take years to build a program that was NCAA-ready, let alone Football Championship Division-ready, which is where the other 11 MEAC teams compete.
For now, let’s applaud Dodson and his teammates for executing on the field. The future looks bright for both Dodson and Coppin State’s club football team.