Starting this season, the broadcast of Towson football and men’s basketball games will only be available online. Spiro Morekas has done radio play-by-play for the Tigers for nearly 30 years and has witnessed some of the most memorable moments in Towson history.
Morekas, who has called Towson football, basketball and lacrosse games since 1991, reflected on some of those memories during an appearance on Glenn Clark Radio July 7. He mentioned a few recent memories of covering the Tigers, including the upset against Eastern Washington in 2013 that sent Towson to its first FCS national championship game and the ensuing title game against North Dakota State. He also recalled a November 2016 basketball game at Maryland that the Tigers nearly won.
His most memorable moment was the Tigers’ win against Eastern Washington in the 2013 FCS semifinals. Towson was led by future NFL running back Terrance West, who rushed for 115 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries. The Tigers only attempted 19 passes in their 35-31 victory at Eastern Washington.
Backup quarterback Connor Frazier scored the game-winning touchdown on a 1-yard run with 17 seconds left in regulation.
“On that final drive, our quarterback, Peter Athens, separated his shoulder and was out,” Morekas said. “Terrance West on that drive, which went about 75 yards, touched the ball once.”
The previous week, Towson had defeated Jimmy Garoppolo and Eastern Illinois, 49-39. West rushed for 354 yards and five scores. He was 10 yards short of Tony Vinson’s single-game program record of 364 yards, set in 1993. After trailing 14-0 in the first quarter, the Tigers went on a 21-0 run to end the first half. The Tigers scored 14 fourth-quarter points to seal their victory.
Towson faced off against North Dakota State in the title game. The Bison entered the game undefeated and finished the season as undefeated national champions with a 35-7 win. West rushed for 99 yards and a touchdown in the losing effort.
Morekas remembers the poor field conditions in Frisco, Texas, which he believes affected the game.
“It was [tied at seven] and we’re driving. Darius Victor comes around the left side and he’s got one guy to beat,” Morekas said. “He cut and he took a divot about 3 feet long and fell down. We have to kick a field goal that got blocked and they returned it to the 6-yard line.”
Towson does not play Maryland often in any sport, particularly men’s basketball. But in November 2016, the Tigers traveled to Xfinity Center and nearly pulled off the upset. Towson led by 13 points with 14 minutes left in the second half thanks to a 9-0 run. But the Terps got back into the game and finished the contest on a 7-2 run in the final two minutes to escape an upset by winning, 71-66.
“I turned to our sports information director and said you better be ready because I’m about to bawl my eyes out,” Morekas said, “and I did end up bawling my eyes out.”
When he was first starting out, Morekas crossed paths with current Maryland head football coach Michael Locksley. Locksley, a defensive back, graduated from Towson in 1992 and was named the football team’s defensive MVP in 1991. He also played for the basketball team during his senior year in 1991-92, the final season Towson was a member of the East Coast Conference.
Morekas remembers one interaction in particular with Locksley before a game at Brooklyn College.
“We walk up to this gym, there might be 20 seats in this place,” Morekas said. “Mike Locksley looks at me and says, ‘This is Division I basketball?’”
Morekas also has a long lasting connection with Jeremy Conn of 105.7 The Fan. Years ago, Conn worked with Morekas as part of a talk show — and Conn broke the biggest news in recent history to Morekas while Morekas was on the air. Conn wrote a quick message on a sticky note, which were typically used so Morekas would know who the next person calling in was, and showed it to Morekas on the morning of September 11, 2001.
“All of a sudden he puts a sticky note up: ‘Plane hits World Trade Center, New York in chaos,’” Morekas said. “And I’m like what is he talking about? I’m like, ‘OK, some small plane hit the World Trade Center.’ We take a commercial break and I come over to look at the TV. Just as I come over the second tower gets hit. And it was just surreal. We stayed on the air for hours that day. I’ll always remember that sticky note.”
For more from Morekas, listen to the full interview here:
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