Bridgeport’s Jozwiak to play football at Geneva
BRIDGEPORT — Despite only playing one full season of high school football, Isaac Jozwiak drew the attention of a handful of college recruiters. One school, however, stood out over the others.
Jozwiak, who was a jack-of-all-trades as Bridgeport, recently announced that he will further his academic and athletic skills at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pa. The Golden Tornadoes are members of the NCAA Division III and the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Division I.
“When I went for my overnight stay, it just felt like family. The coaching staff was great. The players I met were great. Everybody was really laid back,” he said of what swayed his decision.
“I’ve been thinking about playing (college) football since as long as I can remember,” he said. “I’m excited to get started.
“Technically, I had never played a full season. I just wanted to go out and make the most of it,” he said of his senior campaign in which the Bulldogs struggled with numbers and injuries in posting a 1-9 mark.
Geneva competes in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference along with Waynesburg University; St. Vincent College; Bethany College; Washington & Jefferson College; Grove City College and Thiel College. Chatham College is also a member, but doesn’t field a football team. Carnegie Mellon University, Case Western University and Franciscan University of Steubenville are associate members, with CMU and CWU both playing football.
While Jozwiak lined up at a variety of positions at Bridgeport — wide receiver, quarterback, running back, defensive back, linebacker, kick/punt returner — he said Geneva has him penciled in as a wideout.
“That position fits me better than the others,” he admitted. “Being a kickoff or punt returner might be something for the future, but right know I just want to make a statement and a name for myself at Geneva.”
Jozwiak also played half of his junior season for head coach Fred Ray before having to sit out due to the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s transfer rules. He came to Bridgeport from St. Clairsville.
“Coach Ray has helped me tremendously. He was my mentor the time I was at Bridgeport,” Jozwiak mentioned. “I loved his play calling and his style of offense.”
Jozwiak will be majoring in psychology and minoring in business.
He resides in St. Clairsville with his parents, Joe and Sheri Jozwiak.
Geneva, a Christian liberal arts college, has been playing football since 1890. It has an all-time record of 496-437-48. However, the Golden Tornadoes, who play at the 6,000-seat Reeves Field, have only had two winning seasons (8-3 in both 2007, 2009) since joining the PAC in 2007. They were 3-7 last season.