Hillsdale was supposed to come out, handle Grand Valley and Charger running back Joe Glendening would run for 167 or more yards, becoming Hillsdale's all-time leading rushing in his last home game at Muddy Waters Stadium.
None of the Above happened. It was an ugly day. Joe finished with 157 and as I think of it now, I am glad he wound up short. As hard as it was for these seniors to have a blowout ruin Senior Day, at least Glendening's record breaking moment doesn't have to be associated with last Saturday. Joe is all about team and even if he had broken Scott Schulte's record on Saturday there would have been little to celebrate.
The greatest thing about football is that except for one weekend, there is always another opportunity and a fresh start just seven days away. Hillsdale can still win its third straight GLIAC Divisional title with wins in its final two games. Last Saturday might as well have been 4 years ago instead of 4 days ago. The Chargers are going to get on a bus and regroup together all of the way to the U.P. to face Michigan Tech. They'll think about all they can still accomplish and how wonderful it is that they have at least two more Saturday's together. They'll get Joe his ten yards to complete his clean sweep of every Hillsdale rushing record on the books. Hopefully all of the pieces will come together and a happy ride home with a win over Michigan Tech will be a fitting celebration.
Joe Glendening has been about team ever since he decided to attend Hillsdale College. He'd be the first to tell you that his records are more about his linemen blocking for him, his coaches calling the right plays, and every other teammate doing his job seven days a week than about him.
I was fortunate enough to play with Scott Schulte and when we still talk about Charger football I tease him about his record slowly fading away. Scott just laughs, "The war is over Andy. I hope the kid gets his record."
So do I Joe. So do I.
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