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From The Ashes...We Rose

It was a rainy and foggy night
As our team left North Carolina
Another loss under the lights
They headed back to West Virginia

It was the first time they took a plane
They stood there tired and drained
They boarded the flight in the rain
A Southern Airways chartered jet

A two or three hour long flight
Still reeling from the loss mentally
Marshall University flew into the night
November fourteenth, nineteen seventy

All of Huntington listened to the game
The news came in about a plane crash
A jet had hit the mountainside in the rain
People at Tri-State Airport saw a flash

Confusion and speculation followed
Was it our MU Football team?
Our hearts and souls just hollowed
This had to be a really bad dream

The news came in late Saturday evening
It was our MU football teams plane
People went to the airport searching
Our whole football team had been slain

All seventy-five passengers perished
This can't be true, how could it be
It was like they all just vanished
Girlfriends of dead players screamed

Hearses passed each other on the street
Funerals held for weeks and every day
Huntington was still in utter disbelief
No more football on Saturday's to play

MU decided never to play football again
No coaches or players were left
But minds were changed the work began
They had to start over from scratch

This Marshall team was brand new
Mostly all freshman on the roster
The NCAA had to change the rules
It took decades for Marshall to prosper

The Herd lost more games than anyone
All through the1970's
Marshall's first winning season was 1984
Fans openly wept in Johnson City

Marshall now has the longest streak
Of bowl game wins in the nation
The Herd is now tough to beat
If they are TV don't turn the station

From the Ashes we rose like a Phoenix
A transformation that took years
It's still the worst sports disaster in History
The Herd has a twelveth man at the wheel

Marshall played in the NCAA division I-AA(FCS) playoff in 1987 and won the Southern Conference football championship in 1988. In 1992 and 1996, Marshall was the NCAA Division I-AA(FCS)National champions The team moved into division I-A(FBS) in 1997 and won its first bowl game in 1998. The Herd has won 13 Conference Championships and appeared in 14 bowl games, winning 12 of them. They currently hold the longest bowl game winning streak in the country at 7 games.

From The Ashes, We Rose....

By mikemezz

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