Andrew Matt, a 2009 graduate, will be making history along with the rest of the Wayne State Warriors football team next weekend.
The Warriors will play for the Division II college national championship next Saturday against the winner of tonight's game between Delta State and Pittsburg State.
This is the first time in school history that the Warriors have advanced to the playoffs, let alone the championship game.
Matt, a defensive end, returned a fumble that led to a touchdown in Saturday afternoon's 21-14 win over Winston-Salem State, which paved the way to the national title game.
Roosevelt head football coach Ron Adams coached Matt during his high school playing days.
"He was our top receiver," Adams said. "He was a big part of our success then. ... And now he is part of history as far as Wayne State football is concerned."
Adams said he caught part of Saturday's game and enjoyed seeing one of his former players on the field.
"It was really cool to have an opportunity to see the actual play where Andrew Matt picked up the ball, scooped it up and almost scored," he said. "The next play, the offensive team took it in and made it 21-7. ... Looking back, I think that was a big play in the course of the game."
The championship game kicks off at 11 a.m. next Saturday and will be broadcast on ESPN2. The Warriors are 12-3 for the season.