Northwood University hadn’t lost this year on its home football field….until today. It took Hillsdale a while to get on the board but once the Chargers got the opportunity they did it in impressive fashion.
Deep in Hillsdale territory, Northwood looked like it would strike first with about 6 minutes left in the first half. Hillsdale got a stop on a fourth down and one play later it was a whole new ballgame. Chance Stewart found Trey Brock open and the Texas freshman took it 75 yards to the house. 7-0 Hillsdale.
A great defensive series just before the half got the Chargers the ball back with under 2:00 to play and Hillsdale was able to get a momentum seizing score just before halftime. Stewart found Ryan Potrykus open for a 13 yard score with 13 seconds left in the quarter. 14-0.
Northwood would get the ball first in the 3rd quarter but another fourth down stop by Hillsdale kept the momentum on the Chargers’ side. Stewart and Joe Reverman were at their best on the ensuing possession and would carry the Chargers 66 yards in four plays to make it 21-0 on a six yard Reverman score.
Up three scores, it was grind time the next time the Chargers touched the ball. Reverman put Hillsdale up 28-0 by capping an 8 play, 49 yard drive that ate 4 minutes and 26 seconds off of the clock.
Northwood added a touchdown early in the fourth but couldn’t generate any more points until a final touchdown with 1:40 left.
Final score Hillsdale 28, Northwood 14.
Stats were nearly identical for both teams, except in the turnover column. Three interceptions by Hillsdale really proved to be the difference.
Stewart had his most accurate day of his short career as a passer going 16 of 21 for 277 yards and 2 TD. Trey Brock led 8 receivers who caught passes with 112 yards and a TD. John Haley added 50 yards. Reverman picked up 112 yards and the 2 scores on the ground.
The Hillsdale defense had gone more than 119 minutes of play without yielding a point before the Timberwolves got their first score today. Will Jones and Spencer Nehls both had 10 stops a piece for the Chargers.
Hillsdale improves to 4-6 on the year and has won 3 straight games. Chargers finish the season next week at noon at home against Wayne State.