Tradition • Character • Service

Tradition • Character • Service

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Brutal: Chargers Lose

Chargers fall 24-14 to Tiffin
October 28, 2006
Hillsdale (4-5) Drops Non-League game at ranked Tiffin (9-0)

My mama said that if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all. So, this one is gonna be short.

Hillsdale controlled the ball most of the first half in Tiffin territory but couldn’t find the endzone. Tiffin possessed the ball twice in Hillsdale territory during the first half. The scored on a short pass and then added a field goal with 5 seconds left in the half after Charger Matt Van Over fumbled the snap on what should have been a final punt to end the half.

The Chargers came out and blew down the field to open the second half. Phil Martin plowed in from the 4 to put Hillsdale within 3. Tiffin had an answer for every score including a Mark Nicolet to Aaron Waldie touchdown pass in the 4th quarter. This was definitely not the way the Chargers drilled Mercyhurst last weekend.

Bottom line: This mother was brutal!

Brutal weather. Mark Petro put his foot into two first half field goals that would have been good on any day other than this one.

5 penalties at crucial times killed any hope of winning. Two pass interference penalties extended Tiffin possessions. Holding hamstrung the offense and an inexcusable unnecessary roughness penalty gave the Dragons life after Hillsdale had stopped Tiffin on the most critical 3rd down play of the game.

Tififn had 191 yards rushing. Hillsdale had 41.

Tiffin had the ball 5 minutes more.

The Dragons move to 9-0 and deserve credit.

Thank God this one is over.

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