What can you say about Saginaw Valley’s defense other than “Wow”? They came into the game billed as on of the top units in division II football and lived up to all of the hype.
But, the Chargers’ defense played awfully well in the shadow of the Cardinals. Hillsdale had 8 sacks in the game. 8! They had 11 all last season. Eric Webber had 3 himself. Mark Wade, Josh Dye, Matt Britton, and Aaron Hoekje each had one while Andy Dion and Steve Balone teamed up for the 8th one.
Saginaw’s rushing game had its way last week against Findlay, but Hillsdale limited Josh Barnhardt and the rest of Saginaw to just 33 yards on 35 carries. Four Cardinal rushers ended with negative rushing amounts.
Hillsdale held Saginaw on 3rd down 8 times.
Chad Gurica had 10 tackles, all solos. Balone also added 10. Daugherty and Britton had 9 stops apiece. 4 of Daugherty were for loss.