ASHLAND, Ore.—While Southern Oregon and Reinhardt University have both gone about their undefeated seasons in very different ways—the Raiders rely on a prolific passing attack, while the Eagles are a ground and pound team—both programs are connected by tragedy.
SOU lost its beloved leader, Craig Howard, in January, and the team has devoted all its success in 2017 to its former head coach.
In February, Reinhardt’s defensive line coach, Quentin Moses, passed away at 33 years old.
Moses passed after trying to save his best friend’s wife and daughter from a house fire in Georgia.
A former Georgia Bulldog, he was one of the most prolific pass rushers in school history and went on to play in the NFL for four years. At the time of his passing, he was in his fifth season as Reinhardt’s defensive line coach, and what would’ve been his 34th birthday, fell on the same day as Reinhardt’s opening round playoff game.
The two schools will take the field on Saturday at Ken White Field playing for their two former coaches.