So, just how special was the 118th season of Hillsdale College football?
Not to be lost in all of the playoff excitement and stories surrounding this recent run by the Chargers, is a look at just how good this season really was.
We all know it was the Chargers’ first D2 playoff appearance and first playoff win but let’s look at some of the great individual accomplishments.
Troy Weatherhead’s 3348 passing yards is the new single season passing yard record, breaking Mark Nicolet’s old mark set in 2007 by 13 yards. His 280 completions breaks his own record 240 set a year ago. Heading into his senior season, Weatherhead sits 439 behind Nicolet and 731 yards behind all-time leader Bill Skelton in career passing yards.
AJ Kegg set an all-time single season record this year with 85 receptions. He also now sits atop the Hillsdale all-time career receptions list with 195. Kegg finishes his Hillsdale career with 2,383 receiving yards, 209 behind all-time leader Ed House. Also of note in the reception category is Andre Holmes’ 77 receptions this season. That places him third on the single-season list.
Vinnie Panizzi broke 2 of Hillsdale College’s oldest individual records, both set over 50 years ago by Nate Clark. Panizzi’s 150 points is the new single-season high water mark for scoring and his 53 career rushing touchdowns broke Clark’s mark of 51 set in 1955. Panizzi’s 1442 yards rushing this season is the 4th best single season in Hillsdale history. His 3658 career rushing yards is the second highest career total assembled.
Mark Petro’s 49 field goals is the new record for most fieldgoals in a career, breaking the record set by Rick Vear in the early 80’s.
Of course there were other tremendous efforts and any of the above mentioned Chargers will tell you that their individual accolades all come from one simple formula: every player, every play.