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Thursday, September 20, 2012 Week 4 Football Preview

WEEK 4 FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Chargers to face test in high-powered Falcons

GLIAC's top two rushers square off Saturday

September 19, 2012 – For the second week in a row, the Hillsdale College football team will play an opponent for the very first time.

After back-to-back wins inside the friendly confines of Frank “Muddy” Waters Stadium, the Chargers venture out to suburban Cleveland to take on Notre Dame College at 1 p.m. news story imageSaturday in the third and final GLIAC “crossover” game of the season. Hillsdale comes into the game with a 2-1 record and 2-0 in the GLIAC, while the Falcons are 1-2 overall and 0-2 in conference play.

After a week 1 defeat at No. 6 California (Pa.), the Chargers have bounced back nicely in their last two matchups, jumping out to a 38-0 lead against Ohio Dominican Sept. 8, then keeping Malone University out of the end zone over the final 52 minutes of the Sept. 15 win. Since surrendering 21 first-half points to California, the Charger defense has been especially stingy, with the full first-team defense allowing a grand total of 19 points in nine quarters since then.

Against the Pioneers last week, Hillsdale’s defense got stronger as the game went along. After allowing Malone to generate 174 yards of total offense on its first three drives, the Chargers shut the Pioneers down to the tune of 59 total yards over their last seven drives of the game, less than nine total yards per drive.

That Hillsdale defense will be tested against a Notre Dame College offense that has already opened some eyes with its explosiveness in its first (and only) year in the GLIAC.

The Falcons opened the 2012 with a wild 59-42 win over Mercyhurst College on Aug. 30. NDC scored 38 points in the first half, and led 52-29 at the end of the third quarter. The Falcons rang up 543 yards of total offense in that game, including 367 on the ground.

The following week, Notre Dame College put 46 points up on the board against No. 4-ranked Grand Valley State. The Falcons gave up 83 of their own in the basketball-esque 83-46 final score, but generating that kind of offense against a team as highly regarded as the Lakers, in Lubbers Stadium, made many Division II football observers stand up and take notice.

Notre Dame College is led by tailback Pedro Powell, who currently leads the GLIAC with 483 rushing yards on the season. Hillsdale’s All-American running back Joe Glendening is second in rushing yards with 317, and isn’t fair from a major milestone in Charger football history.

Glendening needs two touchdowns to break Vinnie Panizzi’s all-time record for total career touchdowns at Hillsdale. Glendening’s 22-yard score in last week’s win over Malone gave him 51 for his career, tying him with Nate Clark for second place on the list. Panizzi currently holds the record with 52.

The Charger offense will be going up against a Falcon defense that is giving up an average of 58 points and 481 total yards per game this season. Notre Dame College went 5-6 as an independent in 2011. Last week, Northwood defeated NDC 49-14.

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