September 29, 2009
Eagles ready for tough game against ChargersBy DOUG HAIDET
T-G Sports Editor
There are times when breathing room greets college football teams with open arms.
For the Ashland University program, a 41-14 win last Saturday at Tiffin was one of them. Eagles head coach Lee Owens said this Saturday against Hillsdale won't be.
"Weeks where you can put in some substitutes at the end of the game, it allows you to kind of recharge your batteries," Owens said. "... But there's going to be a string here, like we went through a year ago, with our backs against the wall and we can't afford to lose."
Returning to town for Game 2 at Jack Miller Stadium, the Eagles have an order against the Chargers that could be as tall as any they will face this regular season.
The list of daunting tasks includes:
n Owens said Hillsdale is normally the most physical game AU plays and is probably the best up front overall.
The team features 6-foot, 9-inch, 321-pound NFL-hopeful left tackle Jared Veldheer, as well as defensive lineman Drew Berube (6-4, 261; last year's GLIAC leader with 10.5 sacks).
After running for 140 yards and a touchdown against AU last year, Hillsdale running back Vinnie Panizzi comes to town after toting it for a career-high 188 yards and a score last week.
The Eagles won last year's meeting by a TD after forcing four Charger turnovers in the red zone, but Hillsdale enters Saturday's game with the No. 1 red zone offense in the GLIAC (95.8 percent).
Photo from Ashland Times-Gazette