The Moravian College football
squad roared out of the gates in the 2004 season to a 7-0 start, the second longest winning
streak in school history and the first time the Greyhounds opened a season with seven
straight wins. Despite falling to Franklin and Marshall in the ECAC Southwest Division
Championship game, the Hounds finished the year 7-4 for their 14th winning season in
the 18-year tenure of head coach Scot Dapp.
The Greyhounds opened the
season with a shutout of Juniata College, 34-0, on Juniata’s
own turf. Included in the first seven games was a thrilling, final-minute 21-18 defeat
of King’s College and road victories in tough settings at Wilkes University (34-27)
and Lycoming College (35-14). Moravian finished second at 7-2 in the Middle Atlantic Conference
standings, in a year in which the pre-season poll predicted the College would finish seventh.
And it was another record-breaking
season for sophomore running back Chris Jacoubs, who finished second in the MAC in rushing,
with 1,789 yards, shattering the Moravian all-time mark. He also broke the Moravian career
rushing record, with 2,840 yards in just 21 games (so far). He has broken 100 yards a
dozen times in his 17 career starts and 200 yards four times in his short Greyhound career.
Chris also was among eight
Greyhounds named to the All-MAC team. Joining him on the first team were junior offensive
lineman Salvatore DeWalt, senior return specialist Jed Warsager, junior defensive back
Tyler Chomik, and senior punter John McLain. Senior defensive linemen Richie Cline and
Kevin McLaughlin and sophomore linebacker Cliff Garr were named to the second team.
Dewalt, Jacoubs, Warsager,
and McLain were picked as members of Don Hansen’s
Football Gazette All-East Region Teams. Dewalt was a first-team selection at center, while
his three teammates were chosen for the second team. Finally, Warsager made Don Hansen’s
Football Gazette All-American Third Team as a return specialist. He led the MAC, was seventh
in the nation in kickoff return average, and took two kickoffs the distance in 2004.