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Sunday, October 28, 2012 Lakers ruin Hillsdale's homecoming

Lakers Ruin Hillsdale's Homecoming

October 27, 2012 - There would be no more homecoming magic for the Hillsdale College football team in this game.
The Chargers were seeking their third win in four years against 23rd-ranked Grand Valley State University, and second homecoming win over the Lakers since 2009. But GVSU put on an extremely impressive performance on both sides of the ball, and defeated the Chargers 42-23 before more than 2,800 fans at Frank "Muddy" Waters Stadium Saturday afternoon.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Monday, October 22, 2012

Photo galleries galore from Saginaw Valley game

This week we have two great photo galleries to share.

Patrick Heckenlively delivers six pages of great shots from his work as the team's official photographer and partner.

Also this week, Jim Drews shares a series of photos he shot on Saturday including this crazy shot of Hillsdale's Tim Moinet getting crazy air on a Saginaw Valley field goal attempt.

Hillsdale finds its way back into the DII Coaches' poll at #24

It had become a running joke among Hillsdale fans. "Wow. That was a great win. I wonder how far we will drop in the Coaches' poll. Hillsdale's 34-17 win over then #15 Saginaw Valley knocked the Cardinals out of the poll and must have been enough to convince voters to put the Chargers back into the mix.

This week's opponent Grand Valley is ranked #23. They have been ranked a record 147 straight weeks. A win by the Chargers would end that streak.

2012 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll – October 22, 2012
RankSchool (1st votes)Rec.Pts.Prev.Week EightNext Game
1.Colorado St.-Pueblo (24)8-07431D. Black Hills St. (S.D.), 45-13Oct. 27 at Colorado Mesa
2.Winston-Salem St. (N.C.) (6)8-07202D. Livingstone (N.C.), 58-0Oct. 27 at Shaw (N.C.)
3.New Haven (Conn.)7-06793D. Stonehill (Mass.), 45-41Oct. 27 vs. Southern Connecticut St.
4.Bloomsburg (Pa.)8-06294D. Cheyney (Pa.), 27-13Oct. 27 at No. 10 Shippensburg (Pa.)
5.Northwest Missouri St.7-16235D. Missouri Southern St., 38-14Oct. 27 at No. 16t Washburn (Kan.)
6.Ashland (Ohio)8-05896D. Malone (Ohio), 31-7Oct. 27 vs. Findlay (Ohio)
7.Minnesota St.-Mankato8-05449D. Winona St. (Minn.), 30-20Oct. 27 at Wayne St. (Neb.)
8.Minnesota-Duluth7-15377tD. Bemidji St. (Minn.), 30-0Oct. 27 at Minnesota-Crookston
9.Henderson St. (Ark.)8-048411D. East Central (Okla.), 49-14Oct. 27 at Southern Arkansas
10.Shippensburg (Pa.)8-045713D. West Chester (Pa.), 42-24Oct. 27 vs. No. 4 Bloomsburg (Pa.)
11.Midwestern St. (Texas)6-145312D. Abilene Christian (Texas), 35-31Oct. 27 vs. Eastern New Mexico
12.Missouri Western St.7-142116D. No. 7t Pittsburg St. (Kan.), 63-14Oct. 25 at No. 15 Emporia St. (Kan.)
13.California (Pa.)7-139014D. Gannon (Pa.), 41-0Oct. 27 vs. Slippery Rock (Pa.)
14.West Texas A&M7-136517D. Eastern New Mexico, 44-21Oct. 27 at West Georgia
15.Emporia St. (Kan.)8-035418tD. Truman St. (Mo.), 52-26Oct. 25 vs. No. 12 Missouri Western St.
16t.Indiana (Pa.)7-127420D. Mercyhurst (Pa.), 31-13Oct. 27 vs. Clarion (Pa.)
16t.Washburn (Kan.)7-127418tD. Lindenwood (Mo.), 19-16Oct. 27 vs. No. 5 Northwest Missouri St.
18.Miles (Ala.)7-120921D. Lane (Tenn.), 38-20Oct. 25 vs. Stillman (Ala.)
19.Harding (Ark.)6-116425D. No. 10 Ouachita Baptist (Ark.), 34-14Oct. 27 vs. Arkansas Tech
20.Ouachita Baptist (Ark.)6-116210Lost to No. 25 Harding (Ark.), 34-14Oct. 27 at East Central (Okla.)
21.Sioux Falls (S.D.)7-114523D. Augustana (S.D.), 32-31 2OTOct. 27 vs. Upper Iowa
22.Pittsburg St. (Kan.)5-21197tLost to No. 16 Missouri Western St., 63-14Oct. 27 at Truman St. (Mo.)
23.Grand Valley St. (Mich.)6-27124D. Northwood (Mich.), 42-28Oct. 27 at No. 24 Hillsdale (Mich.)
24.Hillsdale (Mich.)6-262NRD. No. 15 Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.), 34-17Oct. 27 vs. No. 23 Grand Valley St. (Mich.)
25.Charleston (W.Va.)7-159NRD. West Liberty (W.Va.), 27-14Oct. 27 at Glenville St. (W.Va.)
Dropped Out: Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.) (15), Michigan Tech (22)

Others Receiving Votes: West Alabama, 52; Wayne St. (Mich.), 36; Valdosta St. (Ga.), 28; Tuskegee (Ala.), 26; Indianapolis (Ind.), 24; Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.), 20; Southern Arkansas, 14; American International (Mass.), 13; Chadron St. (Neb.), 6; Carson-Newman (Tenn.), 2; Missouri S&T, 2.

NCAA Regional Rankings: Hillsdale in at 6 in SR4

Here is the first round of NCAA Regional Rankings for 2012. These are a combination of record and strength of schedule. The top six from the four regions earn playoff berths. Hillsdale currently sits in the 6th spot in Super Region 4.

2Winston-Salem State8-08-0
4California (Pa.)7-17-1
5New Haven7-07-0
6Charleston (W.Va.)7-17-1
7Indiana (Pa.)7-17-1
9American International6-16-1
10West Chester5-25-3
2Mars Hill5-15-3
3West Alabama4-16-2
4Valdosta State5-26-2
6Fort Valley State5-26-2
10Albany State (Ga.)5-35-3
1Minnesota State Mankato8-08-0
2Henderson State8-08-0
4Emporia State8-08-0
5Northwest Missouri State7-17-1
6Minnesota Duluth7-17-1
7Winona State6-26-2
8Sioux Falls7-17-1
9Missouri Western State7-17-1
10Ouachita Baptist6-16-1
1Colorado State-Pueblo8-08-0
3Chadron State6-16-2
5West Texas A&M7-17-1





7Saginaw Valley State6-26-2
8Midwestern State6-16-1
9Wayne State (Mich.)5-25-2
10New Mexico Highlands6-16-2

Sunday, October 21, 2012

WCSR Radio Highlights from Hillsdale's 34-17 victory over Saginaw Valley

Great work from WCSR's Andy Brown as he shares the radio highlights from Saturday's win over Saginaw Valley.

Hillsdale's defense proving to be one stingy unit late in games

Hillsdale has outscored opponents 110-40 in the second half this year, or 15.7-5.7 ppg. Hillsdale has given up only 23 total points in the 4th quarter. Only 3 have come against the starters (Week 1 at Cal PA). Last score was a TD on 9/22 at Notre Dame late in the game. I have always been convinced Otter coaches two separate games. He and DC Craig Blanchard keep it pretty vanilla in the first half and then put in their adjustments and new wrinkles at half and later when it is toughest to counter-punch. The way Hillsdale has been able to shut people down through the 3rd quarter has played as big of a role in getting back to the top of the GLIAC as they offensive fire power they have. Shutting down an explosive offense will be high on the goal sheet for Hillsdale this week as Grand Valley comes to Muddy Waters Stadium.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Nearly flawlss performance gives Hillsdale big win over #14 Saginaw Valley

Aside from the illegal procedure penalty in the first quarter, you would have to look pretty deep into the coaches' copy of the game film to find many Hillsdale mistakes in a 34-17 statement-type win over #14 Saginaw Valley today at Muddy Waters Stadium.

Such was not the case two weeks ago when Hillsdale let penalties and turnovers leave them 3 points shy of Wayne State.

It was the Chargers who benefited from a Saginaw Valley special teams fumble that set them up on a short field for a Joe Glendening touchdown. It was also 30 yards in Cardinal penalties on one late punt that gave Hillsdale the ball at the SVSU 24. Anthony Mifsud hit Cam White on a pass play for a touchdown one play later.

It looked like Coach Shreffler was going to be headed to the ATM so he could buy his linemen pizza for a sackless outing. A big host of Cardinals saved Nate 50 bucks though in the second half. The sack didn't seem much like a bust in protection but more like a smart decision by Mifsud to eat it and play another down. We have seen him try to force things too much in these situations but today he protected the football and set up a Colin McGreevy field goal.

There is another kid who was dialed-in today.  McGreevy's two field goals proved vital in the early chess match and the Chargers' taking over momentum throughout the second half.

Everybody who got their chance today played a role this one. I was forced to listen to the game on the Saginaw Valley broadcast because my Frontier Internet decided to take the weekend off and I couldn't watch the webcast. The Cardinal broadcast couldn't stop talking about how the Chargers hadn't dropped a pass all day.

The defense got big stops when the Chargers needed it most. It was the type of performance this team needs every week to finish its business and leave no doubt it belongs in the playoffs.

Hillsdale's win today moves them to 6-2 overall, 6-1 in league play, and into sole possession of first place in the GLIAC North. They got some help from Ferris State who knocked off Michigan Tech 56-49.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

WCSR Radio: Andy Brown interviews Hillsdale WR Brett Miller

Having grown up in the Grand Canyon State, I always have a special spot on for Arizona kids who play for Hillsdale. Brett Miller, a sophomore from Scottsdale has made himself a big play threat in the Charger lineup. He chats with WCSR's Andy Brown about his emergence on the Hillsdale offense. SVSU Football team looks for improvement against Hillsdale, Joe Glendening SVSU football team looks for improvement against Hillsdale, Joe Glendening

Published: Thursday, October 18, 2012, 10:54 AM     Updated: Thursday, October 18, 2012, 12:27 PM

jgSVSUvWSU06.JPGView full sizeSVSU quarterback Jonathon Jennings leads the GLIAC in passing yardage (2,177) and total offense (2,337).
SAGINAW, MI — Hillsdale tailback Joe Glendening had a great season in the one game he played against Saginaw Valley State University.
SVSU coach Jim Collins would prefer a quieter day from the Hillsdale star.
The Cardinals take a 5-1 record to Hillsdale, also 5-1, for a 1:30 p.m. Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference game Saturday.
A year ago, Glendening ran for 245 yards and three touchdowns against the Cardinals, totaling 373 all-purpose yards in a 38-35 Hillsdale win.
“We have to do a better job of tackling, but that’s easier said than done,” Collins said. “We have to win the battle up front. We didn’t do that last year. He’s really patient, takes his time finding holes and then gets through with a great burst.”
Glendening, a 5-foot-10, 188-pound senior, leads the conference with 954 yards rushing, 1,280 all-purpose yards and 11 touchdowns.
But Collins feels good about the Cardinals’ situation. They are coming off a Thursday night win over Wayne State that gave a few days of extra rest to the SVSU players. Week 8 SVSU-Hillsdale Preview Release

Week 8 Football Preview

October 17, 2012 – The Hillsdale College football team will play at home for the first time in three weeks Saturday, coming off one of its most hard-earned victories of the season. It doesn't figure to get any easier this week, either.
The Chargers climbed back into a first-place tie in the GLIAC North Division, and Saturday, they will face one of that spot's cohabitants, #15 Saginaw Valley State University for a 1:30 p.m. kickoff at Frank "Muddy" Waters Stadium.  Both the Chargers and Cardinals have identical 5-1 records in GLIAC play.
Hillsdale survived a brutal two-game road trip that took it to opposite ends of the state. The team suffered a frustrating 24-21 loss at Wayne State Oct. 6, but bounced back in impressive fashion, defeating Ferris State last week 30-20 on a soggy homecoming game in Big Rapids. Now back home, the Chargers face a game with huge GLIAC and Super Region 4 implications.
Last week, Hillsdale's top-ranked defense was able to control the GLIAC's number-one ranked rushing offense, Ferris State, to the tune of 130 yards below its average for the season. The Bulldogs came into the game averaging 334 yards per game on the ground. But the defense took the bite out of their attack, holding the Bulldogs to 204 yards rushing in the win. This week, Hillsdale will get a close look at the GLIAC's number-one passing offense.
The Cardinals have enjoyed an excellent season in 2012, led by the combination of quarterback Jonathon Jennings and wide receiver Jeff Janis. SVSU averages 313 passing yards per game, and Jennings has gone over the 280-yard mark in passing three times. The best game these two put together came in a 51-24 win over Lake Erie Sept. 22. Jennings threw for 511 yards and three touchdowns, while Janis set a single-game GLIAC record with 300 receiving yards. Janis leads the GLIAC with 61 receptions for 991 yards and nine touchdowns. They will be a formidable test for Hillsdale's pass defense, which is equally as tough.
The Chargers average giving up just 147 yards through the air this season, ranking number one in the GLIAC and number two in all of the NCAA Division II. The defense features just one senior starter – cornerback Ben Karaba – but has shut down opponents throughout the season. After surrendering 276 passing yards in the season-opening loss at California (Pa.), the Chargers have gone six straight games with allowing less than 147 passing yards to their opponents. Hillsdale's 14 interceptions lead the GLIAC, and the team's plus-9 turnover margin is also number one in the GLIAC.
On offense, senior QB Anthony Mifsud had his third game of 70 percent completion rate or better last week, going 16-for-22 against the Bulldogs. Mifsud has also been a credible threat with his feet, rushing for a touchdown in four consecutive games. He directs an offense that operates at peak efficiency. The Chargers lead the GLIAC in average time of possession, third-down conversion rate and are second fourth-down conversion rate.
Mifsud's backfield running mate Joe Glendening now sits just 287 yards away from the school's all-time rushing record. His 171 last week at Ferris State were the second-most he's had in a game this season, and in the second half, he punished the Bulldogs to the tune of 124 yards. Glendening has rushed for at least 100 yards in nine straight games and has 23 career 100-yard rushing games. One of his four career 200-yard rushing games came last year at Saginaw Valley State, when he put on a performance for the ages, running for 240 yards on 42 carries and three scores in a 38-35 Charger win.
Hillsdale has won two in a row over Saginaw Valley State, and is looking for its first three-game winning streak in this series since 1991-93. Currently, these two teams are tied with Michigan Tech for first place in the GLIAC North Division. Two weeks ago, there were five teams tied for first in the North, but with the teams within the division now playing one another, separation is starting to occur. A win over a team in front of them in the overall standings (SVSU is 6-1, Hillsdale 5-2) would do wonders for Hillsdale's playoff resumé.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

GLIAC Names Hillsdale's Devin Moynihan Defensive Player of the Week #d2fb Release - October 16, 2012

GLIAC Football Defensive Player of the Week:
Devin Moynihan - Hillsdale (JR, LB, 5-10, 221, Livonia, Mich./Churchill)
Hillsdale College junior linebacker Devin Moynihan led a stout defensive effort for the Chargers in their 30-20 win over Ferris State Saturday. Moynihan led Hillsdale with 12 tackles, and recovered two fumbles on the day, the second coming with less than five minutes left in the fourth quarter. Moynihan and his teammates helped hold the GLIAC’s No. 1 rushing team to 130 yards below its average for the season in this game.
GLIAC Football Defensive Weekly Honor Roll: Cody Bloom - AU, Tayo Moss - FS, Brandon Butler - UF, Tanner Wells - LE, Spencer Remtema - NU, Anthony Berry - ND, Justin Bell - OD, Nate Snyder - SV, Bryon McCorkle - TU, Nick Thomas - WS.

2012 GLIAC Defensive "Players of the Week": (9/4) E. Hardy - OD; (9/10) D. Pittman - HC; (9/17) B. Eakins - OD; (9/24) T. Moss - FS, (10/1) L. Francis - MU; (10/8) A. Matt - WS; (10/15) D. Moynihan - HC. Top 25: Hillsdale inches up to 23rd #d2fb

Hillsdale College's win over Ferris State helped them inch up a pair of notches from #25 to #23 in the's media poll. Next week's opponent Saginaw Valley State comes in at #14.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

GLIAC Football Week 7 schedule and essential links

Here is your slate of games this week in the GLIAC  complete with links to previews, live stats, audio, and video. It is the first week that features all afternoon games, that is except for Saginaw Valley and Wayne State who played Thursday night. The Cardinals defeated the Warriors 24-7.
Grand Valley St.
Northern Mich.  1:00 PM

Lake Erie 1:00 PM

Ashland 1:00 PM

Northwood (Mich.)
Michigan Tech
Homecoming/Hall of Fame Game   1:00 PM

Notre Dame (OH)
Tiffin   1:30 PM

Ferris St.
Big Rapids, Mich.  2:00 PM

Ohio Dominican
Findlay   3:00 PM's Tony Nicolette: Week 7 GLIAC Preview's Tony Nicolette breaks down Bulldogs-Chargers and the rest of the GLIAC.

Hillsdale #25 (4-1, 4-2) at Ferris (3-2, 4-2)

Hillsdale Coach Keith Otterbein will hit is old stomping grounds...and it'll be the first time in a lot of years (17 or so) that he won't be facing Jeff Pierce when he does. Instead, he'll get Tony Annese's club that has started to give clubs fits with their unique offense and feisty defense. The question now is whether the Bulldogs can avoid a letdown after beating arch-rival Grand Valley for the first time since the late '90's.

For Hillsdale to succeed, they have to avoid the mistakes they made a week ago at Wayne. They turned the ball over four times and a couple of key penalties that proved costly (including one that took a long TD off the board). The Chargers need to execute cleanly like they would normally expect, and then cash-in on drives. They also need to get some big plays going...didn't really do that offensively last week. As for Ferris, they basically need to keep doing what they're doing. They won last week, and maybe should have the week before. What they must avoid the kind of performance like they had three weeks ago against Walsh where they trailed in the fourth quarter and needed to get a couple of turnovers in order to win.

Picking winners in this league is always goofy...I've written about that for years. This game is no exception so I'm going with my hunch: Ferris will have some sort of letdown (not sure why I think that...just do) and Hillsdale will come out crisp. It won't be easy by any stretch, but Hillsdale gets a big day from Joe Glendening and wins the turnover battle to take the game. Hillsdale 27, Ferris 24.

Rest of the week's action Ferris State Preview

This week's preview from

Week 7 Football Preview

Charger Football Game Notes – Week 7
Ferris State University football webpage
October 10, 2012 – For more than six years running, the Hillsdale College football team has been able to bounce back from a loss. Saturday, the Chargers will put that remarkable trend of resiliency to a big test against a team that is riding sky high.

The Chargers are smarting from a 24-21 loss at Wayne State last week and look to get back on the winning track this weekend with their second straight road game, at Ferris State University for a 2:00 kickoff Saturday afternoon. Both teams are 4-2 overall and are involved in a five-way tie for first place in the GLIAC North Division with 4-1 conference records.

This game is Ferris State's homecoming.

These teams come into this clash from very different places. Hillsdale statistically dominated 18th-ranked Wayne State last week, only to lose a 24-21 decision to the Warriors. The Chargers had more rushing yards and passing yards and held a big time of possession advantage on Wayne State. But the Warriors capitalized on four Hillsdale turnovers, one of them an 82-yard interception return for touchdown, that played a big part in the game.

On the other hand, Ferris State hit a high point under first-year head coach Tony Annese, when it whipped previously No. 3-ranked Grand Valley State 40-24 in Allendale last Saturday night, defeating the Lakers for the first time this century. GVSU raced out to a 17-0 lead in the game, only to see the Bulldogs dominate the final three quarters, outscoring the Lakers 40-7 en route to the win.
FSU freshman quarterback Jason Vander Laan was named the GLIAC Offensive Player of the Week last week when he ran for 185 yards and passed for 79 in the win over Grand Valley State. Vander Laan can certainly be classified as a running quarterback, since he has more rushing yards this season than passing yards (693 rushing, 566 passing). However, this week he will be going up against a Hillsdale defense that is number one in the GLIAC in fewest total yards allowed per game, at 266.
In last week's loss at Wayne State, the Charger defense stepped up over the final three quarters, allowing the Warriors only 116 total yards over the game's final 42 minutes. It will take that kind of effort against Ferris State's top-ranked rushing offense to try to keep one of the GLIAC's most impressive streaks alive.

Hillsdale hasn't lost back-to-back games within the same season since Sept. 9-16, 2006. The Chargers have won 20 straight games following a regular-season loss since 2006, the longest such streak in the GLIAC.

Winning at Ferris State has been a challenge for the Chargers over the years. Hillsdale has lost four of its last five games in Big Rapids, including a 20-17 contest in the 2011 season opener. Hillsdale's only win over Ferris State at Top Taggart Field since 2000 came in a 59-14 thrashing on Halloween 2009.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Hillsdale Mini Helmet up for auction on eBay

Get your hands on this Hillsdale College Chargers mini helmet.
Rare Hillsdale College Chargers football mini helmet. Royal blue shell with white wire facemask. Inside is padded like a real helmet. E.P.E.P. sticker above the facemask just like the Chargers wear. Only 4 days and 9 hours left to bid.

Saturday, October 06, 2012

GLIAC North Race tightens with Ferris win over GVSU

When they shut off the lights tonight at Lubbers Stadium in Allendale, it will cap a day that shows just how tight the battle is...and how competitive the GLIAC North Division is.

Ferris just pulled off a stunner with a 40-24 upset at Grand Valley. They and the Chargers were the two undefeated teams in league play going into this week. With both clubs losing, there is now a 5-way tie atop the division.

Hillsdale, Grand Valley, Michigan Tech, Wayne State, and Saginaw Valley are all 4-1 in conference play. Ferris and Northwood are just a game back with 4-2 league records.

Drought Correction: Last Hillsdale win at Adams Field was 2003

Thanks to former Charger Todd Drenth for setting me straight today. I had been reporting that Hillsdale hadn't won at Adams Field in Detroit since 1998. That is incorrect as Hillsdale last won on that field on October 11, 2003 with a 49-26 victory. Drenth would know as he scored the game's final touchdown on a 15 yard carry.

Halloween comes early in 24-21 Hillsdale loss at Wayne State #d2fb

What a nightmare! It was like Halloween decided to come 25 days early for Hillsdale College as Wayne State jumped out to a 17-0 lead thanks to all kinds of Hillsdale errors.

After the Warriors marched down the field to go up 7-0 it looked like Hillsdale would do the same. Unfortunately Anthony Mifsud forced a pass into the corner of the Wayne State 18 yard line only to see it returned 82 yards for a score. It was eerie deja vu from the last time Hillsdale visited Adams Field. A pick six in 2010 ended up being the difference points-wise that year.

On the next possession it appeared like the Chargers had drawn within a score but a beautiful scoring strike from Mifsud to Andrew Mott was called back on an ineligible receiver down field. Another pass for a first down on the drive was also negated due to a penalty and the Chargers were flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct on the drive as well.

It could have been worse if the defense didn't begin the turn the tide. Wayne peeled off a big run but had to settle for a field goal as the Chargers stiffened at the goal line to keep it 17-0 instead of 21-0.

Hillsdale would get the next two touchdowns on a 23 yard run from Anthony Mifsud and a 33 yard pass to Brett Miller. It was 17-14 at halftime with Hillsdale looking forward to starting the second half with possession.

That possession lasted two plays as a snap went over Mifsud's head and was recovered by the Warriors at the Hillsdale 12. Wayne converted easily to pull back ahead 24-14.

The Charger defense would not yield another score but Wayne State's block of Colin McGreevy's 27 yard attempt just seemed to add to the "What's going to go wrong next?" feel of the afternoon and protected the Warriors' two score lead.

Hillsdale still had life though and thanks to its defense continually making stops Mifsud would lead Hillsdale on a nifty 11 play 71 yard drive. With just over 5 minutes left to play the Chargers would get within a field goal on another Mifsud run for a score. 24-21 Wayne State.

The Hillsdale defense would give the ball back to the offense with a quick 3 and out series. The Chargers would need to go 90 yards but still had a timeout in their pocket and nearly 3 minutes of clock. Another turnover though looked like it might be the end for Hillsdale as Mifsud was sacked and coughed it up at his own 25 on first down.

All Wayne State needed was a first down essentially to ice the game. They wouldn't get it though and on 4th down Joe Snyder and Brett Pasche stopped Toney Davis to put the ball back in the offense's hands one more time with 30 seconds to play.

Two vertical attempts went over the heads of Joe Glendening and then Evan Bach. The third pass was complete but to Andrew Matt of Wayne State. With no way to stop the clock, Hillsdale watched the final seconds tick off the scoreboard signaling its third consecutive loss to Wayne State.

It was just one of those "if this one thing doesn't happen" type of games. Both teams played hard. Both defenses proved why they share several of the top categories in the GLIAC and Wayne State did what it had to do to force Hillsdale into seemingly an uncharacteristic amount of mistakes.

Joe Glendening was kept out of the endzone for the first time this year but had his first 100 yard game against Wayne State in three tries. He carried 24 times for 122 yards. He also caught two passes for 12 yards. Mifsud also got over 100 yards with his legs but when you subtract the sacks his official rushing total was 90 yards. He completed 17 of 34 passes for 199 yards and 2 interceptions. Miller had 3 catches for 66 yards and a score. Cam White caught 6 balls for 52 yards.

The defense really made this a ballgame and deserves a ton of credit. Nick Galvan had 8 tackles including 2 for loss and he broke up a pass. Pasche had 7 stops and Ben Karaba had 6. They held Wayne State to just 4 of 13 on third down and turned away 2 fourth down tries. wayne was limited to 287 yards of total offense while Hillsdale had over 400.

Hillsdale drops to 4-2 on the season and 4-1 in the GLIAC. They play at Ferris State next Saturday.

Friday, October 05, 2012

Wayne State play by play guy Sean Baligian helps preview tilt with Hilllsdale's Andy Losik chats with Wayne State radio guy Sean Baligian about Saturday's showdown between his Warriors and you Hillsdale College Chargers.

Thursday, October 04, 2012

More NMU-Hillsdale pictures: Denise Karmie's Gallery

Now that Snapfish allows for viewing galleries as a guest, we can easily share the pictures Denise Karmie takes every game. Here is her NMU-Hillsdale Gallery and we are looking forward to more from the upcoming games. How about a nice fight song victory picture from Wayne State?

Detroit News Terry Foster: Snub stokes Hillsdale-Wayne State rivalry

October 4, 2012 at 1:02 am

Terry Foster

Snub stokes Hillsdale-Wayne State rivalry

Hillsdale’s Joe Glendening has 3,916 career rushing yards, but posted two sub-100-yard games in the last two meetings with Wayne State.
Hillsdale’s Joe Glendening has 3,916 career rushing yards, but posted two sub-100-yard games in the last two meetings with Wayne State. (Patrick Heckenlively/Hillsdale College)
It's not a battle cry, but it turned into motivation for Hillsdale College.

Hillsdale believed it should have been the team from Michigan that made an improbable run through the Division II playoffs last season. It believed it was every bit as good as Wayne State.

But it was Wayne State that was invited to the postseason. And it was Wayne State that made an improbable run to the championship game, where it lost.

So, what did the Hillsdale players do about it?

The day after the perceived snub, guys were in the weight room preparing for 2012.

So far, so good.

Hillsdale is 4-1, with its only loss coming to No. 11 California (Pa.) in the opener.
Now it's time.

Tuesday, October 02, 2012 Poll: Hillsdale up a spot to #12

     Team Record Last Week
1 Pittsburg State 4-0 1
2 Grand Valley 5-0 3
3 CSU-Pueblo 5-0 4
4 Missouri Western 5-0 5
5 Minnesota State 5-0 7
6 Winston-Salem 5-0 8
7 New Haven 5-0 9
8 West Alabama 4-1 10
9 Northwest Missouri 4-1 11
10 Bloomsburg 5-0 12
11 Minnesota Duluth 4-1 2
12 Hillsdale 4-1 13
13 West Texas A&M 4-1 15
14 Midwestern State 3-1 14
15 California 4-1 6
16 Saginaw Valley 4-1 17
17 Central Missouri 4-1 18
18 Ashland 5-0 19
19 Ouachita Baptist 4-0 20
20 Shippensburg 5-0 21
21 IUP 4-1 23
22 Washburn 4-1 24
23 Sioux Falls 5-0 25
24 West Chester 4-1 NR
25 Henderson State 5-0 NR

Warrior Week: 5 Keys to Hillsdale's upcoming tussle with Wayne State

October 6 will be here on Saturday. It is date the eyes were drawn to the minute the 2012 Hillsdale College Football schedule was released. The Chargers travel to Wayne State for a noon matchup against a team they know a year ago took their playoff spot with an overtime win in Hillsdale. The Warriors then made the most of their postseason berth by running all of the way to the national championship game to finish as the national runner-up.

On paper the biggest similarities come in how stingy both defenses have been. Wayne State has the league lead by a hair in scoring defense having allowed 15.8 points per game while Hillsdale has yielded 16. You can't get much closer than that. The teams flip flop spots in total defense. The Chargers are a league best at 262 yards per game allowed while Wayne is second with 280.5.

The significant statistical difference comes on offense.  Hillsdale has around 15 more points per game and  has gained on average 100 extra yards on offense per game. Stats are fun for conversation but we could pick these apart 100 ways. They haven't played the same teams except for Malone and with the way Hillsdale has been running out to big leads it is hard to separate starter stats and reserve stats. You don't play games on paper, at least not football, so lets focus on 5 on-field aspects I see as essential parts of a Hillsdale game plan.

•Hillsdale needs to get out quickly and make Wayne play from behind. The Warriors are going to want to keep it on the ground and grind it at their typical more than four yards per carry. That takes a lot of time and if they are trying to score in bunches, that strategy will be limited.

• Use that patented Keith Otterbein ball control offense. The fewer opportunities the Warriors have to move the ball, the more they will have to press when they have it. On average the Chargers have held onto the ball more than six and a half minutes per game than Wayne State has.

•Hillsdale needs to use their tremendous group of linebackers led by Brett Pasche to contain Toney Davis and make Mickey Mohner throw. Hillsdale leads the nation in interceptions and is 4th in turnover ratio. Most of those opportunities have come on 3rd and long where they get a lot of pressure from the OLBs forcing a bad throw. They have also ended a ton of drives with big 3rd down sacks. If they can get some take aways and then grind out 7 minute drives with a lead, it will put a lot of pressure on Wayne State.

•Wayne State has proven to be one of the most physical teams on the schedule. After playing NDC and NMU the last two weeks, the Chargers have to be ready to take a punch. I don't think they were two years ago in Detroit.

•Swing first. Hillsdale can't get involved in anything chippy and keep its discipline. That being said, to run out under a banner that states, "Unfinished Business. Leave No Doubt" means Hillsdale has to establish itself immediately as the aggressor. Wayne State has to know there is something different about this bunch and that Hillsdale won't be pushed around this year.

This is going to be a great game. If Hillsdale can accomplish the above objectives, they will be in a great position to run their winning streak to five games.

Monday, October 01, 2012

Joe Glendening - Crazy TD from High School

As amazing as Joe Glendening has been at Hillsdale, check out what has to be the craziest touchdown he has ever scored.

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