August 15, 2005
by Brian Lester
FINDLAY — The University of Findlay football team hit rock bottom during the most critical stretch of the season in 2004.
Instead of proving its worth as a contender, UF fell apart, collapsing under the weight of a nasty 4-game tailspin.
A 42-26 road loss to winless Indianapolis in October was the final blow, leaving the Oilers staring at a pile of ashes, dreams of a league title and NCAA Division II playoff berth buried.
The Oilers (6-5, 5-5 GLIAC) did secure its third consecutive winning season despite the slide but mediocrity is hardly what it was expecting in the preseason.
But as August nears its end and the dawn of a new season peaks over the horizon, hope has been restored.
Tired of middle-of-the-pack finishes — they’ve been 6-5 the last two seasons — they hope to regain the form of three years ago when they went 9-2 and nearly won a conference title.
They are confident they can do it despite returning four starters on each side of the ball.