MIAMI, Fla. – Susquehanna senior defensive football players Jim Barry (Staten Island, NY/Brooklyn Poly Prep) and Tom McLoughlin (Bloomsbury, NJ/Bethlehem Catholic) competed at the Sixth-Annual National Bowl, played at Ocean Bank Field at Florida International University Stadium on Sunday, Dec. 6.
Barry and McLoughlin were members of the White Team, which defeated the Blue Team 16-9. Both players came up with key interceptions in the victory.
The National Bowl Game is an annual postseason college football all-star game consisting of top players from non-football bowl subdivision (FBS) schools. The National Bowl Game showcases All-American and All-Conference seniors from all over the U.S., representing more than 400 Division 2, 3, and FCS schools, allowing players below D1/FBS level the opportunity to play in front of NFL and CFL scouts.
With less than a minute to play in the first half, McLoughlin, playing strong safety, intercepted a deep pass to end a Blue Team drive that left the teams tied at six at halftime. McLoughlin, a three-year starter for the Crusaders, finished the regular season with 61 tackles (47 solo), 6.5 tackles for a loss, four sacks, three interceptions and two fumble recoveries and was named Centennial Conference Defensive Player of the Week twice and Susquehanna Defensive Player of the week four times.
Barry, playing middle linebacker, pressured Blue Team quarterbacks all afternoon but his biggest play of the game came with less than one minute to play. Facing fourth down on the White team 28-yard line, the Blue team threw into the end zone where the pass was picked off by Barry, effectively ending the game and preserving the 16-9 victory for the White Team.
Barry, a three-year starter and two-year team captain, led his 2015 Crusaders team with 95 tackles (61 solo), 4.5 tackles for a loss, two fumble recoveries and was named Second-Team All Centennial Conference for a second year in a row.
The Crusaders finished the season 5-5 and included rivalry wins that brought the Staggs Hat (Lycoming) and Goal Post (Juniata) trophies back to Susquehanna.