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Friday, September 05, 2008 Chargers make longest road trip of season to battle Michigan Tech

FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Chargers make longest road trip of season to battle Michigan Tech Saturday afternoon

September 3, 2008 - Pillows will be fluffed and the buses will be fully gassed up this weekend for the Hillsdale College football team, as it makes its longest road trip of the season.

The Chargers (1-0) will make the 11-hour drive to Houghton to take on the Michigan Tech University Huskies (1-0) in the GLIAC opener for both teams. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Both teams come off impressive Week 1 victories. Hillsdale opened its home schedule with a one-sided 49-6 win over St. Joseph's College. The Huskies played on their new home artificial turf for the first time in a 26-21 win over Winona State, a playoff team from 2007. The two teams were picked to finished tied for fifth place in the 2008 GLIAC Preseason Football Poll, and come into this matchup evenly matched in many areas.

The last meeting between these teams saw the Chargers record their first shutout in 11 years, 37-0 over Michigan Tech. In that game, former Chargers QB Mark Nicolet set a school record for completions in a game with 34. Although Nicolet is gone, Hillsdale got a top-notch performance out of its quarterback in the first game of this season.

Sophomore Troy Weatherhead turned in a fantastic performance vs. the Pumas. He went 19-for-22 with 237 yards and two touchdowns. His quarterback rating of 206.9 is fifth in the nation after one game. He showed patience and accuracy from the pocket, and spread the ball around to many different receivers. Weatherhead's efficiency, along with the running of Vinnie Panizzi and Brett Lark, enabled Hillsdale to achieve a school-record 37 first downs in the opener.

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