Thursday, August 30, 2007
Hillsdale.edu: Gannon Preview
Football team opens 2007 season at home Saturday against Gannon
August 30, 2007 - The curtain will be dropped on the 2007 Hillsdale College football season Saturday afternoon, as the Chargers play their season-opener at home for the first time in three years. Hillsdale will host GLIAC rival Gannon University at Muddy Waters Field at 2:30 p.m.
The last time Hillsdale opened a football season at home was 2004, and that game was one for the ages. The Chargers defeated the University of Indianapolis 49-43 in four overtimes, one of the most memorable contests in the 116-year history of Hillsdale College football.
While Saturday's game might have a hard time living up to that one in terms of dramatics, Hillsdale would happily accept the same result - a win. The Chargers come into this campaign with a seasoned and skilled roster, ready to lead the team over the .500 hump for the first time since the mid-1990s.
Hillsale leads the all-time series with Gannon, 4-1, including four straight victories. The two teams first met back in 1950, with Gannon earning a 27-16 win. The teams didn't meet on the gridiron again until 1999, when the Chargers beat the Golden Knights 41-7.
The last time these two teams played in Hillsdale was Sept. 18, 2004, when the Chargers celebrated Homecoming with a thrilling 38-31 overtime win. Hillsdale is 40-10 in its last 50 home-opening games. Last year, the Chargers opened the 2006 season with a 35-7 win over Gannon in Erie in a game that was played in a hrad rainstorm.
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