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FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Playoff implications on the line as Chargers head to Detroit to face Wayne State

GLIAC contenders collide at noon Saturday

October 22, 2008 – The football teams at Wayne State University and Hillsdale College have a rivalry that spans more than 35 consecutive seasons of matchups. Saturday’s game between the two teams in Detroit will be one of the first with playoff implications for both teams.

The Chargers, 5-3 on the season, will play Wayne State (6-2) starting at noon Saturday at Wayne State’s Adams Field. The winner of this game figures to gain a significant edge in the race for a top-three spot in the GLIAC, as well as better positioning for an NCAA playoff berth.

The last time the Warriors sported a record of 6-2 or better through eight games was in 1977. With wins in their last three games, the Chargers can equal their 8-3 ledger from last season.

Both teams are coming off resounding victories, but through very different means. Hillsdale tied its season-high with 49 points in a 49-25 rout of Northern Michigan University at home. After trailing 17-7 late in the second quarter, the Charger offense exploded for 21 points in less than three minutes, between the end of the second and beginning of the third quarters, to pull away from the Wildcats.

The Warriors scored possibly their most impressive win of the season, shutting out Ferris State 19-0 on the road last weekend. Despite scoring just one offensive touchdown, the athletic and opportunistic Wayne State defense forced four turnovers and had one defensive touchdown in recording its signature victory of the season.

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