"Control your own destiny" are some of the most beautiful words in football and that is exactly what Hillsdale College does as it strives to reach its team goal of winning the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference for the first time in 19 years.
The last time the Chargers won a league title was 1992 when Hillsdale shared it with Ferris State, Grand Valley, and Butler. It is likely that the Chargers will probably end up sharing this title too. With two games to play Hillsdale is in a 5 way tie with Wayne State, Saginaw Valley, Ashland, and Indianapolis. All sit with 6-2 records in the conference. Hillsdale is 6-3 overall but its loss to league member Ferris State was played as a non-conference game because the long-time rivals were not scheduled to meet in league play.
Hillsdale plays at 5-4 Findlay on Saturday and winless Tiffin on November 12.
Here are the schedules for the other top teams:
Saginaw Valley (6-2, 6-2): home vs. Northern Michigan, at Grand Valley State
Wayne State (7-2, 6-2): at Indianapolis, home vs. Findlay
Indianapolis (7-2, 6-2): home vs. Wayne State, at Ohio Dominican
Ashland (6-3, 6-2) : home vs. Ohio Dominican, at Lake Erie
Only one team is guaranteed out of the mix and that is either going to be Wayne State or Indianapolis. They are the two clubs among the tied-5 who have remaining games with any of the others.
Coach Dick Lowry used to preach and Otter still preaches it after having been a Lowry assistant: Worry only about what we can control.
How Hillsdale might fair in terms of the playoffs is completely out of their hands. A thousand scenarios could play out a thousand ways. A new set of regional rankings will be up later this afternoon.
Only one thing is certain. Beat Findlay and Tiffin and be league champs.
Monday, October 31, 2011
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