Why is Tony Nicolette the best regional columnist at D2football.com? Take a look at how he previewed things the Chargers needed to do in this week’s Hillsdale-Indy game, and then look at how well they worked.
“Secondary must get the Stops – While HC isn’t giving up tons of yardage, they’re not making plays at key times. This is especially true against the pass where the Chargers are near the bottom of the league in terms of pass efficiency defense. That means opposing QB’s are completing a high percentage when they do throw, and the Hillsdale D is yielding more big plays than they are making (given up five TD passes and made no interceptions in two league games). This must be fixed.”
Hillsdale freshman DB Nick Galvan picked Indy at the Charger 4 to stop a long Hound drive. The line of scrimmage was the 22 and that is as deep at Indy would get all game. The Chargers would intercept Indy on the following drive, this time setting up the ball at the Greyhound 34. 1 passing 1st down for the game for UI. Indy was still 50% throwing at 10/20 but yielded just 45 yards and threw 2 interceptions. Hillsdale forced Indy to go 3 and out 5 of its first 6 possessions.
“Control the Clock – Keeping their defense off the field is a good idea considering some of the struggles its had, and Hillsdale can do this by establishing its offensive rhythm – especially on the ground. UIndy has given up 175 rushing yards per game the last two weeks, so look for HC RB Vinnie Panizzi to have a big day.”
Hillsdale won the time of possession battle 34:08 to Indy’s 25:52. The Chargers ran the ball 47 times for 218 yards. Vinnie Panizzi had 188 of those himself. Both Charger TDs came on the ground. The Charger defense only had to defend 45 Indy offensive plays. Hillsdale took 79 offensive snaps.
End result equals 23-0 shutout. That’s what I call being dialed into the d2 game.