In a Division III overtime, each team gets possession of the ball, starting from its opponent's 25. If the score remains tied after one possession each, the teams continue this pattern until there is a winner. Allegheny got the ball first and scored on a 15-yard pass from Filkovski to tight end Kurt Reiser. On its possession, Lycoming was unable to score, and the Gators became the champions.
After the game, Filkovski said of Allegheny football, "All of us are going to get degrees, and we'll all be successful. All I wanted was for football to be enjoyable." Those sentiments were shared by center John Marzka and left guard Steve Menosky, who—including their days at Academy High in Erie, Pa.—played for eight years next to each other. "What we play is football in its purest form," said Marzka, who almost didn't attend college and is now heading for graduate school. Neither expects the NFL to call. Said Marzka, "They don't want a six-foot, 220-pound center." Said Menosky, "The reason the NFL is not in my future is I know my abilities." Marzka majored in psychology, Menosky in environmental science.
Last Saturday's game was a classic example of college football as it was intended to be. Perhaps 4,000 fans showed up at Manatee High to watch the Stagg Bowl. So what's wrong with playing on a high school field? "That field was fine," said O'Keefe. "If nobody is in the stands, that's fine. It's the same game. It's 95 percent players, five percent coaching." The players were smaller and slower and not as good as Division I-A athletes. But it mattered not a whit. The competition was keen and the effort was total. President McKinley would have been proud. Said Menosky, "We play for the inner gratification."