A month ago, the Green Terrors were preparing for one of their biggest football games ever.
Four-time defending Centennial Football Conference champion Dickinson was in town for the Green Terrors' homecoming. Both teams came in unbeaten in the CFC -- Dickinson at 2-0, Western Maryland at 3-0.
The Green Terrors came away with a 17-14 win and it looked like it was time for Dickinson to pass the crown.
It hasn't been that easy for the Green Terrors. The following week, the Terrors suffered their first conference loss, to Franklin & Marshall. And despite losing the following week -- to non-conference foe Lebanon Valley -- they still found themselves in the driver's seat last week at home against Swarthmore.
That's why Saturday's 25-20 loss to Swarthmore probably has been the toughest to swallow for coach Dale Sprague's Green Terrors.
For the first time this season, Western Maryland is not in first place. All it can do is try to take care of business at Johns Hopkins Saturday and then watch the scoreboard.
Dickinson (4-1-1 in CFC) is back atop the conference, followed by Western Maryland (4-2) and Swarthmore (4-2-1).
Here are the possibilities:
A Dickinson win over Ursinus (4-5, 2-4 in CFC) would give the Red Devils their fifth straight CFC title. A Western Maryland win with a Dickinson loss would give the Green Terrors their first conference title. A Dickinson loss and a Western Maryland tie would give Dickinson, Western Maryland and Swarthmore a share of the title.
Western Maryland and Dickinson losses would have Swarthmore which completed its conference play last week -- sharing the title with Dickinson.
And finally, a Dickinson tie and a Western Maryland win would have them co-champs.
The Green Terrors will face struggling Johns Hopkins (5-4, 3-3 in CFC), which has been outscored, 76-26, in its past two games.
WMC junior tailback Rob Johnson needs 136 yards to break Eric Frees' single-season rushing mark set in 1990. He set the single-season record for touchdowns last week with his 17th.
The Green Terrors will start freshman Brian Van Deusen at quarterback. He sparked the Green Terrors in the fourth quarter after starter Paul McCord went down with broken ribs and Kenny Williams was ineffective.
The Green Terrors' season came to an end with a four-game loss to eventual Middle Atlantic Conference champion Juniata in the conference semifinals Saturday.
After opening the match with a 15-11 win, the Green Terrors dropped the next three to Juniata, 15-3, 15-12, 15-10.
Juniata then defeated Upsala for its 12th consecutive MAC title.
The following day, the Green Terrors (34-7) learned they did not receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III tournament.
L Three sophomores led Western Maryland throughout the season.
Denise Spangler was the team leader in kills (256) and solo blocks (25), and finished second in block assists (37). Anne Plunkett led the team in digs (312), and Krista Shaffer had 626 attack attempts and 62 service aces.
The Green Terrors men and women likely will complete their season Saturday at Allentown, Pa., in the NCAA Division III Mid-East Regional.
The overall team winners receive an automatic bid to the national tournament with four individual bids at stake for men and three bids for women.