Charger football team welcomes Michigan Tech for 2009 home opener
Hillsdale College Release
Sept. 2, 2009 – Rarely has a GLIAC football game been played so early in the season that could potentially mean so much to the two squads involved. But such are the stakes in Saturday’s game between Hillsdale College and Michigan Tech University.
Hillsdale’s 2009 home opener also serves as the season opener for the Huskies. These are two teams that finished in the upper tier of the GLIAC in 2008, and it would surprise very few people if either of these teams finished in the top three in the conference standings in 2009.
Hillsdale (1-0) comes into the game off a fairly clean season-opening win, 37-7, over St. Joseph’s College in Indiana. In that game, the Chargers executed well on both sides of the ball. Hillsdale had 426 total yards compared to 182 for the Pumas. The Chargers generated 26 first downs while allowing only eight, and scored four rushing touchdowns, and were 7-for-7 on field goal and extra point opportunities.
But the Huskies will provide a much tougher test for the Chargers today. Since 2004, Michigan Tech has established itself as one of the most consistent football programs in the GLIAC, finishing over .500 each season since then. Last year, MTU was 8-3, with two of its three losses coming to playoff teams (Grand Valley State and Ashland).