Final Score: Webber International JV 48, Rollins 17. More than 2,500 fans filled Showalter Field for what will be deemed a huge success for the Rollins College Football Club.
WINTER PARK, Fla. (October 24, 2011) - After more than six-decades of cheering on other schools from around the country, the Rollins College community now has a squad to call their own as the Tars Football Club meets Webber International's JV Monday night at Showalter Field.
Rollins' football tradition dates back to the early days of the college with the first team taking the field in 1904. The Blue and Gold quickly became one of the state's best teams, matching up with, and often beating, UF, Miami, Stetson, Florida Southern and Tampa. Rollins won the 1908 collegiate state championship and reached new heights under head coach Jack McDowall.
After a successful 1949 season, however, it was decided in the spring of 1950 that due to low enrollment and financial issues, the football program would be discontinued.
More than half a century later, Jeff Hoblick '14 hatched the idea of reviving the Tars' once storied football program and established the Rollins Football Club. Serving as the team president, chief fundraiser and starting quarterback, Hoblick drummed up support from the student body, alumni and community, brought together a coaching staff and raised funds for equipment.
The Tars have only had a handful of practices and many players will be going both ways, but the excitement surrounding the Tars first game in 62 years has the entire campus abuzz. The Office of Student Involvement and Leadership is sponsoring a tailgate at 5 p.m. in the Showalter Field parking lot.
Webber International is a tiny school of 700 students located in Babson Park, Fla. Rollins varsity teams play the Warriors in many sports; most recently with the Tars men's soccer team scoring a 2-0 win in Babson Park on Oct. 18. Webber has fielded a football team since 2004, playing as an NAIA independent.
The varsity team is 1-6 on the season after putting up a 7-4 record a year ago. The JV team has won its last four games and is coming off a 40-26 win over Edward Waters College on Oct. 20. They have also beat Jacksonville's club team twice (48-23, 48-7) and Edward Waters again in the season opener (28-7).
Admission to the Tars football game is free with kick-off scheduled for 7:15 p.m. from Showalter Field in the heart of Winter Park. The game will also be broadcast on WPRK 91.5 FM and video streamed on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.