They improved over last season by adding two more wins to the overall record, finishing 3-7. One of those came against NAC opponent, Rockford College, in a thrilling season-ending win.
Last season, the Crusaders ended their winless streak in similar fashion with a 14-6 win against Rockford in the season finale.
On offense, there was an overall improvement of 4,424 yards gained in comparison to 3,856 yards in 2010. The running game improved by 462 yards over last year thanks in large part to the depth at running back this year.
Maranatha had two solid running backs to rely on throughout the season in Micah Burt and Jordan Dersch with bruiser Ethan Lane as a third option.
Quarterback Phil Littrell put together a solid last season with 1,508 yards passing and 15 touchdowns. He will be sorely missed, as backup quarterback Dimitry Beaubrun has an opportunity to take the starting position.
The passing game also had its share of success with second-year receiver Joel Kobosh blooming into Littrell’s top target. Kobosh finished the season ranked fourth in the NAC with 699 yards receiving, while hauling in seven touchdowns.
On defense, Maranatha boasted the Co-Defensive Player of the Year in Ethan Lane and First Team All-Conference Players, Josiah Brendemuehl and Ethan Rosen.
Lane, Brendemuehl and Rosen finished first, second and third respectively in tackles per game in the NAC.
The defense picked off opposing quarterbacks 13 times, two less than last year, but still ranked fourth in the Conference.
Looking ahead to next year, Maranatha hopes to fill the void left at quarterback, but would benefit from extra size along the offensive and defensive lines.
Cornerback, a position of strength, will lose seniors Matt Morrison, Jason Garrison and Brian Puerling.
The football team hopes to continue adding depth to the roster to stay competitive in the NAC. The Crusaders may have lost valuable players, but overall have a young core with strong leadership to build upon.