It’s been a long haul.
But football has returned to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore – with the Hawks finishing among the top 15 teams in the final poll of the National Club Football Association.
The Salisbury Daily Times reports that only four other new entrants finished higher in the rankings.
The team’s coach Bryant Mitchell told the paper that finishing third in his conference and 14th in the power ranking showed that the season went well.
UMES played in the six-team Mid-Atlantic Region where they went 3-2 in conference and finished behind only Radford College and No. 1-ranked Coppin State.
The club team is the newest chapter in the history of football at the school since the program was shut down after the 1979 season
More than 4,000 people attended the team’s first home game Sept. 15