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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Send Condolences to GVSU's Skuta via Facebook

D2 football superstar defensive tackle Dan Skuta recently lost his 24 year-old brother. This comes just days before his Grand Valley State Lakers face off against Ashland in a second round playoff game.

It doesn't matter what color the jerseys and helmets somebody wears at a time like this.

C'mon Charger fans, players, and coaches. Let Dan know you are thinking of him in what has to be a very rough time in this young man's life.

Join the Facebook group and post a message on the wall for Dan and his family.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

2008 Commemorative DVD Now Available for Purchase

2008 Charger Football DVD now available!!! The 2008 season was a memorable one for the Hillsdale Charger Football Team. Buy your commemorative DVD now by sending a $10 check to:

Jim Veldheer
4550 Old Grand River Trail NE
Ada, MI 49301

The DVD includes the following pictures:

- a special tribute to the senior players
- game and sideline action
- pre- and post game activities
- tailgating at home and on the road
- family, friends and coaches

Here is a sample of just part of the 23 minute long feature video that is just one part of the whole project.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Official Release: 14 players receive All-GLIAC honors from Charger football team

Hillsdale College Release

Fourteen players receive All-GLIAC honors from Charger football team
Tom Korte receives third First-Team nod
November 13, 2008 - A 7-4 season turned in by the Hillsdale College football team was rewarded with a total of 14 players receiving All-GLIAC honors.

The 2008 All-GLIAC football team was revealed by the conference office Thursday afternoon. The team was compiled by a vote of the 12 head coaches in the GLIAC.

Four Chargers earned spots on the First-Team All-GLIAC, led by senior linebacker Tom Korte. This marked the third straight year Korte has earned First-Team All-GLIAC accolades. He finished fifth in the conference in tackles this season with 114, and was second in tackles-for-loss with 18.

Three other Charger players received First-Team honors for the first time in their careers.

Junior offensive lineman Jared Veldheer was named to the First-Team after getting Second-Team All-GLIAC accolades in 2007. Veldheer was a dominant left tackle who was a key part of Hillsdale's high-scoring offense. He hasn't allowed a sack in 33 career starts at Hillsdale.

Junior wide received A.J. Kegg was named to the First-Team after a breakthrough season for the Chargers. Kegg finished with 74 catches for 888 yards and nine touchdowns. He had the second-most receptions in a single season in school history, and was sixth in receiving yards in the conference.

Junior defensive lineman Drew Berube rounds out the four First-Team players for Hillsdale. Berube enjoyed his finest season in 2008 with his ability to make game-changing plays from his end position. He led the GLIAC with 19 tackles-for-loss this season, including a season-high 4 1/2 in the seaosn finale at Tiffin Nov. 8. He was tied for first in the GLIAC with 10 1/2 sacks.

Making Second-Team All-GLIAC from Hillsdale were the kicking combination of punter Eric Schweller and placekicker Mark Petro. It was the first All-GLIAC honor for each of them.

Schweller's story is a remarkable one this season. He started the season as a defensive lineman, but became the team's punter on Oct. 4 after an injury to starter Andrew Wilburn. Schweller went on to average a school-record 45.0 yards per punt in six games. That average was also number one in the conference.

Petro enjoyed a productive season as the team's placekicker, leading all GLIAC kickers in total points with 80. His 35 extra-points were second in the conference, and his 15 field goals made were first overall in the GLIAC.

Senior defensive lineman Eric Weber made the Second-Team after turning in another solid season for the Chargers. He was ninth in the conference with six sacks, and had 7 1/2 tackles-for-loss and 43 total tackles on the season.

Senior Alex Wojcik had his best season in 2008, leading Hillsdale's secondary from his safety position. Wojcik led the GLIAC with six interceptions and was second on the team with 73 total tackles.

Earning honorable mention honors for Hillsdale were: linebacker Austin Niemiec, running back Vinnie Panizzi, offensive lineman Josiah Swartz, tight end Matt Patillo, wide receiver Aaron Waldie, and defensive lineman Mark Yassay.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

14 Chargers named All-Conference

Breaking news: Chargers named all-conference

Here are Hillsdale College Chargers making the All GLIAC Football Team for 2008.

1st Team: WR AJ Kegg, OL Jared Veldheer, DT Drew Berube, LB Tom Korte
2nd Team: K Mark Petro, P Eric Schweller, DT Eric Weber, DB Alex Wojcik
HM: RB Vinnie Panizzi, WR Aaron Waldie, OL Josiah Swartz, DT Mark Yassay, LB Austin Niemiec, TE Matt Patillo

Correction: Vinnie Panizzi was originally omitted from the HM list.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Waldie's Record Breaking Catch

With his 25th touchdown of his career, Aaron Waldie set the all-time Hillsdale record for most ever receiving touchdowns.

Paul File was on hand to capture these images as Waldie takes the pass from Charger QB Troy Weatherhead, makes his way into the endzone, is congratulated by his teammates, and finally flips the ball to his dad Doug in the stands.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Tom Korte Named 2008 MVP

The Hillsdale College Football team closed the books on the 2008 season with its annual banquet on Sunday.

Receiving team MVP honors for the second time in his career was Charger linebacker Tom Korte. Korte was #5 this season for total tackles in the GLIAC and second in tackles-for-loss. In his four year career, Korte led the team in stops 3 years with 395 tackles. He also had 9 interceptions. This is the 2nd time in 3 years that Korte has won the award.

Other awards handed out on Sunday:
Captains Awards: Korte, Jared Veldheer, Aaron Waldie
Offensive Freshman of the Year: OL Reid Meador
Defensive Freshman of the Year: DB Nick Hixson
One Play Warrior: PK Mark Petro
Joseph M. Vijuk Defensive Lineman: Eric Weber (3 time recipient)
Offensive Lineman of the Year: Jared Veldheer (2 time recipient)
Offensive Back of the Year: RB Vinnie Panizzi
Defensive Back of the Year: Alex Wojcik (6 interceptions led GLIAC)
Every Player Every Play Award: DL/Long Snapper Schuyler File
Howard "Champ" Messenger Award recognizing achievement on and off the field: OL Josiah Swartz
Leonard Urbonick Award, for Scholarship, Leadership and Ability: OL Phil Davignon

(photo courtesy of Paul and Patty Korte, posted at Chargerblue Space)

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Hillsdale Release: Chargers close out 2008 football season with thrilling 37-36 win at Tiffin.

Chargers close out 2008 football season with thrilling 37-36 win at Tiffin
November 8, 2008 - In the last game of the 2008 season, there were enough thrills, big plays and tense moments to fill an entire season. But it was a game, and a season, that ended on a positive note for the Hillsdale College football team.

The Chargers wrapped up the season with a 37-36 win over Tiffin University on the road Saturday afternoon. Hillsdale College finishes the 2008 season with an overall record of 7-4, and 6-4 in the GLIAC. The Dragons finished their first season in the GLIAC with a 1-10 record.

After building a 30-7 lead by halftime, Hillsdale watched Tiffin’s explosive offense storm back to eventually take a 36-30 lead with 2:35 left to play. But Hillsdale’s offense had one last drive left in it, and it cashed in at the most crucial time.

Sophomore quarterback Troy Weatherhead found junior wide receiver A.J. Kegg in the back of the end zone for a beautiful pass and catch for the game-winning score with 1:26 left in the game. Weatherhead guided the Chargers 66 yards down the field in just five plays and 63 seconds for the winning drive.

Tiffin got the ball back with 1:20 left in the game. But junior defensive end Drew Berube sacked Dragons’ QB Matt Root, forced a fumble, and recovered the fumble with 55 seconds left to seal the win. The play capped an outstanding game for Berube, the reigning GLIAC Defensive Player of the Week.

Berube finished the game with seven total tackles, 3 1/2 sacks and 4 1/2 tackles for loss, in addition to his forced fumble and fumble recovery.He was a disruptive force the entire game for the defense.

Weatherhead notched career-highs in completions (28), attempts (43) and passing yards (360) in the game. He threw touchdown passes to Kegg (2) and tight end Matt Patillo in the game. Weatherhead finished the season with 2,874 passing yards, the second-most in a single season in school history, and set a school record with 242 completions this season. He beat Mark Nicolet’s school record for completions in a season - 240 in 2007 - by two.

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Chargers Hold off Tiffin, win finale

After leading 30-7 at the half and 30-15 after 3, Hillsdale gives up 21 in the 4th to go down 36-30 late. Weatherhead leads a 70 yard drive and finds Kegg just inside the end line to put HC up 37-36. Drew Berube ices it for Hillsdale on the next possession with a sack, forced fumble, and recovery.

Hillsdale prevails 37-36, finishes 7-4 (6-4 in GLIAC).

Week 11 Podcast: Your Tiffin Pregame Show

I fly solo this week and blab on and on about this great season, a peek at Tiffin, and lots of thank yous to all who have made this a great season.

Click to listen. November 8: Hillsdale at Tiffin

Thursday, November 06, 2008 Tony Nicolette's Weekly Column

Hillsdale (5-4, 6-4) at Tiffin (1-8, 1-9)

Tiffin wraps up its first GLIAC campaign on their home turf against a Charger group looking for its seventh win of the season. As I've mentioned previously, the Dragons have not folded the tents once this season as far as I can tell so despite the disparity in the records HC will have its hands full.

Hillsdale Keys:
- Pin your ears back - The TU offensive line has had its issues this year. Unless the Dragons post 187 yards on the ground, they'll set a new GLIAC record for the lowest rushing total for a team for a year. Add to that the fact that they've given up a league worst 39 sacks, and the HC defensive front can/should wreak plenty of havoc.
- Plenty of Throwin' - Look for Kegg, Waldie, Holmes and Patillo to have plenty of business against a TU secondary that's allowed 19 TD's this year.

Tiffin Keys:
- Gotta protect Root - The senior QB has actually had a pretty great season considering the constant pressure he's been under. If they can keep him upright, Edwards and Raspberry are terrific deep threats. TU isn't second in the league in pass offense for nothing.
- Contain Panizzi - Tiffin's next to last in the league giving up almost 184 yards per game on the ground. If Vinnie gets rolling and HC keeps Root and Company off the field, it will be harder for TU to stay in this one.

Prediction: All the numbers point to Hillsdale in this one and I do think they'll win. Despite only winning once, however, Tiffin has proven that they aren't always a gimme. Look for the Dragons to keep this one interesting. Hillsdale 34, Tiffin 20.

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HC Preview: Tiffin

FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Chargers travel to Tiffin for 2008 finale
Hillsdale tries to end season with back-to-back wins

Hillsdale College Release

November 5, 2008 - The Hillsdale College football team will take the field for the final time in the 2008 season Saturday, as the Chargers battle Tiffin University in Ohio, starting at 1 p.m.

Hillsdale can close out the season with back-to-back victories for the first time since 2005 with a win over the Dragons. Hillsdale is coming off a 34-14 thumping of Ferris State last weekend in its last home game of the season, while Tiffin is fresh off a 32-28 loss at Michigan Tech.

The Chargers (6-4 overall, 5-4 GLIAC) have clinched their second-straight winning season, an achievement the team hasn't earned since the 1995 and 1996 seasons. Hillsdale closed out the 2005 season with three straight victories.

Tiffin has struggled in its first season as a member of the GLIAC. The Dragons are 1-9 overall, with that lone win coming in a four-overtime thriller against Northern Michigan. The Dragons have been nationally ranked at different points during the 2006 and 2007 seasons, but have endured some tough losses against the rigorous competition the GLIAC offers.

Hillsdale and Tiffin have played a completely even series in the four meetings between the schools. The seires is tied 2-2, with both teams winning once at home, and once on the road in the four-year history of those meetings. The teams had a four-year contract to play one another in non-league competition from 2004-07, and now in 2008, they face each other as league rivals for the first time.

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Monday, November 03, 2008

Berube is GLIAC Defensive POW

Hillsdale College Release:

Drew Berube named GLIAC Defensive Player of the Week

November 3, 2008 - Hillsdale College junior Drew Berube has been a force along the defensive line all season for the Charger football team. Monday morning, he received his first conference honor for his great play this season. news story image

Berube, who played his high school football at Hillsdale High School, was named the GLIAC Defensive Player of the Week by the conference office Monday. He is the second player on the team to receive the defensive player of the week award this season, joining senior teammate Alex Wojcik.

Berube led an outstanding defensive effort by Hillsdalein Saturday's 34-14 win over Ferris State Saturday afternoon. Berube had four tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery that helped the Chargers shut out the Bulldogs in the second half.

Berube is ranked in the top three in three GLIAC defensive categories. He is third in sacks with 7.0, tied for second in tackles-for-loss with 14.5, and is first in forced fumbles with four.

Hillsdale ios 6-4 on the season and will wrap up the 2008 campaign at Tiffin University at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Waldie becomes All-Time Hillsdale Touchdown Leader

It was senior wide receiver Aaron Waldie's third touchdown reception of the season, yet the one that will live on most visibly in Hillsdale College football history.

With 24 ticks left in the home finale, Charger quarterback Troy Weatherhead found Waldie open in the endzone on a 2nd and 4 play from the Ferris State 7. The score was his 25th career TD catch, the most ever by a Hillsdale player. It was not only a record breaking exclamation on a fine career played at Muddy Waters Stadium for Waldie, but a dagger into the Bulldogs sealing a 34-14 victory.

Kegg's 66 catches move him to #2 on all-time single season list

Hillsdale College's AJ Kegg has now moved into second place on the Hillsdale College list for most receptions in a single season. With one game to go in this his junior season, Kegg has hauled in 66 catches so far. Nick Gurica's 78 from a year ago is the all-time Hillsdale single season record.

All-Time Single Season Reception List

1. Nick Gurica, 78 catches, 2007
2. AJ Kegg, 66 catches, 2008
3. Ed House, 65 catches, 2001
4. Aaron Waldie, 63 catches, 2007
5. Nick Gurica, 57 catches, 2006

So this Weatherhead think he might be okay for us?

One of the old adages my dad would share with me from his football coaching experiences is that you never want to follow a legend. The shadow is just cast too far and that no matter what you do, you are constantly being compared to the legendary feats that are still fresh in everyone's memories.

Hillsdale College quarterback Troy Weatherhead might know the feeling. While we have all been asking ourselves whether Weatherhead will be able to fill the shoes vacated by all-world Mark Nicolet and even if some of these young guys are going to push for his job, we have nearly failed to enjoy one of the most prolific years ever by a Charger quarterback.

With Saturday's 24 for 33, 315 yard, 4 touchdown home finale performance, Troy now sits #3 on the single season top ten passing list with 2515 yards and a game still to go. He passed Kyle Keefer's old mark set in 1999 of 2435 yards and is 149 yards shy of second place Mike Gatt's 2664 set during the Chargers' 1985 run to a national title. Weatherhead's 214 completions were good enough to pass Gatt's 210 for #2 on the single season completions list.

He's not going to catch Nicolet's 3,335 performance that is unfortunately for Weatherhead probably too fresh in most fans' heads and not even a year old. That's okay. Weatherhead still has some time to distance himself from Nicolet. Remember, this kid is a SOPHOMORE and playing his first full season. For a little comparison and to see how the quarterback position at Hillsdale has changed, look at that all-time list. In Mark's first full season as a starter, he landed on the list at then #3 with 1,996 yards. All we heard from Otter and his staff this summer was that Troy "just needed to keep the car on the road and not worry about being Mark Nicolet". It's safe to say that Weatherhead has more than done that. Sure there have been growing pains but nobody has taken those to heart and learned from them more than #16.

But like learning from growing pains, Troy will tell you that following Nicolet isn't the worse thing in the world. He has always acknowledged that the red-shirt and freshman years practicing with Mark taught him a ton about what it takes to be a quarterback in this offense.

Troy Weatherhead does not have to be the next Mark Nicolet. All he has to do is be Troy Weatherhead. I talk a lot about how easy it is to get spoiled as a Charger fan and that we just take the success for granted now. Well, let's not get too caught up in it all that we don't stop to enjoy or recognize great performances...whether they are as spectacular as one we were just privileged to experience.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Chargers beat Ferris 34-14

Hillsdale College press release

Charger football team celebrates Senior Day with impressive 34-14 win over Ferris State
November 1, 2008 - For senior wide receiver Aaron Waldie, Saturday’s football game between Hillsdale College and Ferris State University was a dream fulfilled.

Waldie broke the all-time record for career touchdown catches (25) in school history as part of a 34-14 victory by the Chargers over the visiting Bulldogs. Hillsdale is now 6-4 on the season and 5-4 in the GLIAC, while Ferris State also has that same record. The Chargers will close out the 2008 season with a road game vs. Tiffin University Saturday, Nov. 8 at 1 p.m.

Waldie, and 16 other seniors, were honored on Senior Day in a pre-game ceremony at the home finale, and the team played with effort and intensity worthy of Senior Day. The Chargers jumped out to a 14-0 lead, then scored 17 unanswered points in the third quarter to close out their home schedule with a 5-1 record for the second consecutive season. Waldie and linebacker Tom Korte, the only fourth-year seniors on the team, opened their Charger home careers on Sept. 10, 2005 with an identical 34-14 win over the Bulldogs, making this game the perfect bookend to two careers that will stand out in the 117-year history of Hillsdale College football.

The Charger offense was brilliantly called throughout the game, as the team used big plays to score in the first half, then grinded out long drives that ate time off the clock in the second half. That unpredictability was a key in Hillsdale’s balanced effort throughout the game.

On its third play from scrimmage, Hillsdale used the big play to take an early lead. Quarterback Troy Weatherhead launched a long pass to wide receiver Andre Holmes, who outmaneuvered and outran two Bulldog defenders to score a 72-yard touchdown that electrified the crowd. Holmes caught the pass, made two moves upfield and used his tremendous speed to reach the end zone.

Full Story Tony Nicolette's Weekly Column, Jared Veldheer Profile

Ferris State (5-3, 6-3) at Hillsdale (4-4, 5-4)

An interesting match-up. Ferris has been flat at times of late, especially on offense. While Hillsdale has moved the ball pretty well recently, they have been prone to giveaways in the red zone.

Ferris Keys:
- Stuff the run - When Vinnie Panizzi has big games, HC usually wins. The 'Dawgs need to keep him under 100 yards.
- QB Consistency - Things have been "by committee" under center of late. That's great, as long as the play is solid. When Parrish took over last week, he only hit on 9 of 20 against a weak NU defense. That won't cut it at Muddy Waters.

Hillsdale Keys:
- Blitz a lot - Getting after whichever QB is in there and not letting them get comfortable is a must. They'll likely get their rushing yards, but if you can contain that and then force mistakes in passing situations you set yourself up nicely.
- Score in the Red Zone - I can't a recall a team giving away more scoring chances at their opponent's goal line. They've got to stop doing that and get points in those situations.

Prediction: Ferris really hasn't been especially sharp of late, but when they get into stretches like this they always seem to start playing well. They'll need to as HC has to feel like they let one get away last week AND the Chargers are always much better at home. I'm tempted to make this a "coin flip" special, but I just can't see Hillsdale not taking care of this one at home. Hillsdale 31, Ferris 28.

Getting to Know - Jared Veldheer

While we normally stick to seniors, this week we have a top-flight junior from the league as our special guest. Hillsdale College OT Jared Veldheer is our guy, and here are some of his thoughts:

- What is your major?

- What's your favorite class?
Developmental Biology

- Other than your home field, what are your favorite & least favorite places to play in the GLIAC?
Favorite would have to be at Northern Michigan playing in the dome. Least favorite is Ashland.

- How is life on the road in the GLIAC? How do you pass the time on the long trips?
Its not too bad (besides traveling up to the UP). I usually listen to music or watch cut-ups of other team's defenses on my laptop.

- Who is the hardest hitter on your team? In the GLIAC?
The hardest hitter on our team, and in my opinion is the hardest hitter in the GLIAC is Tom Korte. He is an animal.

- How many text messages do you get/send in a day?
One or two. I'm not the biggest texter.

- What's your favorite food?
A Moe's chicken burrito.

- What's your favorite TV Show?
That's a tough one. My favorite comedy is the Office. My favorite action/drama is Lost.

- What influenced your decision to choose Hillsdale/playing in Division II?
My older brother played basketball here so I was already familiar with the campus. When I started getting recruited I really liked the coaches here and felt like Hillsdale was the right choice for me.

- What do you hope to do after graduation?
I hope to attend medical school.

Thanks so much, Jared. Best of luck the next couple of weeks, as well as in your senior campaign next year.

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