Moyer, ‘Bods enjoy season
In a year when all three of the prominent local college football teams finished with losing records, there was something to celebrate among the ranks of Kansas' Division II schools.
The Washburn Ichabods finished a successful season in the Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletic Association with a winning record and a bowl victory.
For Eudora graduate Dustin Moyer, the season was especially sweet.
"I played only two games last year before getting hurt," Moyer said. "So it was nice to be a part of a season like this."
Moyer dislocated his shoulder his freshman year and had to watch his Ichabod teammates from the sidelines. The NCAA granted the defensive end a medical redshirt, which effectively allowed him to have a freshman year all over again.
The 2003 Eudora graduate enjoyed a great career as a Cardinal before moving on to the Topeka school. Moyer was an All-Class 4A selection as a junior and senior and was named to the Kansas City Star's All-Metro second team defense.
In his second season as an Ichabod, Moyer found himself sharing playing time with the starting defensive end.
He played in all 12 of the Ichabod's games and contributed with 20 tackles and a sack.
Washburn enjoyed a successful season in a league that boasts two of the top teams in Division II football in Pittsburg State University and Northwest Missouri State University.
So why did Moyer pick Washburn over these powerhouses?
"My choices included Pitt State," Moyer said. "But Washburn was the best place for me at the time. There was a good chance to play."
Being close to home didn't hurt either.
"Being near my home wasn't a deciding factor," he said. "But it's a nice perk to be so close."
Although Moyer and the Ichabods did not enjoy the same spotlight as the MIAA's two powerhouses, they managed some post-season success of their own.
The Ichabods went on to win the 2004 Mineral Water Bowl over Northern State of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, 36-33. Washburn finished third overall in its league with an 8-4 record.
Despite the more high profile results of the other teams in the league, Moyer doesn't regret his decision to go to Washburn.
"I'm happy to be here," he said. "I could have gone elsewhere, but this was the place to be."
With the success of 2004 behind him, Moyer looks forward to 2005.
"We are going to have a pretty good team," he said. "We lost a few players, and it will be a young team. We've signed some good freshmen, and we're going to be all right."