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Thursday, September 18, 2008 Tony Nicolette's Weekly Column

Hillsdale (1-1, 2-1) at Indianapolis (0-2, 1-2)

These two are actually forging an interesting rivalry, as their games always seem to come down to furious comebacks and last-second heroics. Last year was no exception with the 'Hounds erasing a 16-point fourth quarter deficit to snag the victory. Both clubs being coached by Hillsdale alums is a fact that makes things even more intriguing between these two clubs.

Hillsdale Keys:
- Load the Box - Thus far, UIndy has struggled to throw the ball consistently. If Lance Lasker gets into the game at any point, the ground game will have to be stopped as that will be the primary way the 'Hounds will move the ball.
- Maintain Consistency - HC has moved the ball well and with balance in almost every game thus far. They have struggled at times to put the ball in the end zone, but that will take care of itself eventually if they're still posting the type of yardage numbers we've seen so far.

UIndy Keys:
- Lead with Lasker - UIndy currently leads the league in rushing offense. While Jenkins and Campbell have done the majority of the heavy lifting to that end, Lance Lasker can really make the 'Hound running game even more problematic for the Chargers (who are presently ninth in the league against the run, and gave up 120 rushing yards to a running QB last week).
- Play from in front - If the Greyhounds get behind, I don't see them as being all that capable of coming back - especially if the deficit is significant. Hillsdale does have that fire power, so the 'Hounds need to get that lead, build it, and close things out.

Prediction: These two always seem to play tight ones that go down to the wire. This is UIndy's first home game, and I'm sure they'll be glad to kick things off in their own place. I'm not sure that will be enough, however, as I think Hillsdale's overall offensive balance give them the advantage. Hillsdale 27, UIndy 19.

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