Opening Night Charger Football

Last Friday the Chargers opened at home against Ferris State, winning 35-17 under the lights.

Opening Night Charger Football

The clouds opened up for a few minutes, just enough for me to get some cool shots while I and my gear got wet.

Opening Night Charger Football
Keep an eye on 81 this season.

Opening Night Charger Football
I think this old guy is an icon because he’s at every home game in the same place on the sidelines cheering for the Chargers and yelling timely obscenities.

Opening Night Charger Football

Opening Night Charger Football
Our defense really put the heat on the opposing quarterback and there were a couple nice sacks during the game, most of them lead by David Bakker.

Opening Night Charger Football

Opening Night Charger Football

Opening Night Charger Football

Opening Night Charger Football

The Stadium

My first post after a month-long hiatus is actually a photo I took back in November at Hillsdale’s playoff game versus Minnesota State in Mankato, Minnesota. I actually forgot to post it and just discovered it today. I have some recent photos I’m working on and will be posting them over the next couple of days.

The Rematch: Hillsdale v. Grand Valley

Regretfully the rematch didn’t turn out well for us, but our guys played hard in the final game of their season. They have done a fantastic job this season and just getting to this game was a huge accomplishment. Go Chargers!

Playoff Game 2

Playoff Game Day

Saturday was an epic day indeed. As usual, click on the landscape images to view them larger.

We left the hotel Saturday morning for the short drive to the Minnesota State campus where players grabbed their gear bags and headed into the locker rooms.

Game Day

Players get wrapped for the game.

Pre-game defense meeting.

Players don their pads and jerseys.

Game Day

Game Day

After leaving the main locker room the team relocated to their half-time locker room – the gym across the street from the stadium which was closer than the main locker room a couple blocks away. It made me thankful for Hillsdale’s sports facilities. The players continued to prepare themselves mentally for the tough game ahead.

Game Day

Game Day

Game Day

A lot of Charger fans showed up to cheer their team on and made a tunnel for the players as they entered the stadium.

Minnesota State brought a tough running game, but the Charger defense worked hard to contain it.

Hillsdale brought it’s own running game, too.

The other media guy and my roommate for the trip, Andy Brown of WCSR (center window), announced the game from the media shack. “It’s like a WWII bunker up here.”

The Charger fans were awesome! Many of them rode a bus 12 hours there, cheered for their team, then left almost immediately for the 12 hour drive back. That’s dedication!

The real grass field forced players to continuously pick clots of dirt and grass out of their cleats.

Game Day

At half-time the Chargers retired to the gym to rest up and listen to the coaches.

Practicing the snap and hold on the sidelines turned out to be a wise decision.

Game Day

It was a very exciting game and it looked like the Chargers might hold onto their 24-17 lead, but Minnesota State was able to tie it up in the final minutes and the game went into over time. We won the coin toss and elected to start on defense. This next photo is of the tackle which caused the key turnover.

The Chargers moved the ball a little closer to the end zone and then Mark Petro kicked a field goal to win the game, 27-24! You can watch the game-winning field goal here with Andy announcing and added epic music. :)

Minnesota State head coach Todd Hoffner after shaking hands with Hillsdale head coach Keith Otterbein.

The Hillsdale Charger football team faces Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI, next Saturday. I sure hope Hillsdale can pull off a second win against Grand Valley this season! Go Chargers!

Friday Practice

We headed down to the game field late this afternoon for a short practice session.

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