Little Big Game ’88

Warren Parker ’87

Warren ParkerI was part of the team that went 10-0 in 1988. Our last game was against Santa Clara, and we were down. We had to score on the last drive to win the game, and I was on the offense. It was one of the most amazing things that ever happened in my entire life. When you bring 60 to 70 different mind-sets together for one common goal, it is a testament to our coaching staff and to the leadership of our team captains. We had just one goal, and we stated at the first game before the season that we were going to go undefeated, because that was a goal our coach set for us and that was something we wanted to accomplish. That day, the fans rushed the field after we won—it was just crazy! 

Tom Bruce ’67

BruceComing to a game on a fall Saturday afternoon in Moraga was very special—tremendous parking lot parties and after-game parties in the Redwood Grove. It was a way to celebrate a great game. And Saturdays really haven’t been the same since football left, but we have all these memories to cherish. I was there for the 1988 season when SMC went 10-0. Obviously, beating Santa Clara in the final game—with the final drive led by Tim Rosenkranz and the winning touchdown pass caught by Jon Braff—was a thrill beyond belief. There were 3,000 people at the after-game party in front of what is now Galileo Hall. It was a phenomenal day, and we had a great time, but it doesn’t outdo all the other Saturdays we spent here.

Tim Rosenkranz ’90

RosenkranzMy best memory of SMC is the 1988 season when we went 10-0. By the time 1988 rolled around, there were a lot of people going to the football games, including people coming from the town of Moraga. It was exciting! We had a pretty special group of kids that made up the team, and that’s why we ended up having success; good coaching and that special bond between players is how we came together. The Little Big Game against Santa Clara was very close and very exciting. We expected a lot of ourselves. The last touchdown I threw to Jon Braff in the corner of the end zone in that game would have to be my most memorable play. A lot of people who were there remember that play, so it was a big moment for everyone.  

By Caitlin McClain '15

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