by Sandy Gholston
Ferris State University is in for a tough contest when it heads down to Hillsdale College to play the Chargers in this season-opening contest scheduled for 7 p.m. at Frank "Muddy" Waters Stadium on Friday evening.
Hillsdale brings a balanced attack to the field (on the offensive side of the football). The Chargers suffered some graduation losses, but don't think this team is not stacked enough to cause a lot of teams a lot of problems.
Lets take a look at Hillsdale on the offensive side of the football (borrowed from the preview I wrote for the GLIAC):
Offensively, quarterback Troy Weatherhead, a junior, is back and with a valuable year of experience under his belt. Andre Holmes, a senior receiver, could be ready for a breakthrough campaign after leading the GLIAC in yards last season. Mike Blanchard returns as a senior, too. He is a solid possession-type receiver while Holmes is more of the game-breaker type. In the offensive backfield, Joe Glendening could be the man Weatherhead hands the ball to quite a bit to keep defenses honest with a solid running attack. The offensive line should be anchored by Phil Doerfler, a senior. Last season, the Chargers had a powerful offensive unit led by standout all-everything lineman Jared Veldheer, receiver A.J. Kegg and workhorse running back Vinnie Panizzi.What makes Hillsdale tough is the balanced aspect of its offensive attack. You have to like that the Chargers have an experienced quarterback (Weatherhead), a game breaker at receiver (Holmes), a possession-type receiver (Blanchard) and a solid running back (Glendening).