Get set for today's 1 p.m. football matchup between 2-0 Hope College and 0-2 Wisconsin Lutheran at Ray & Sue Smith Stadium.
Tickets can be purchased at the gate.
There is a free Flying Dutchmen poster giveaway afterward. Click here for more information.
2013 TEAM STATISTICS
41—Points Per game—17
14—Opponents Points Per Game—22.5
192.5—Yards Rushing Per Game—192
389—Yards Passing Per Game—111
581.5—Total Offense Per Game—264
154.5—Opponent's Rushing Per Game—201
239—Opponent's Passing Per Game—200.5
393.5—Total Defense Per Game—401.5
Senior quarterback Michael Atwell of Geneseo, Ill. (Geneseo HS) is among the most prolific passers in the country after two weeks of play in NCAA Division III. Atwell ranks third in the nation with a MIAA-leading 775 total passing yards. He trails only Matt Grimard of Bethany (W.V.), who has 801, and Joe Callahan of Wesley (Mass.), who has 786. Atwell has completed 44-of-66 passes this season, including seven touchdowns to just two interceptions.
Several other Hope players rank among MIAA leaders statistically as well. Senior running back Shawn Jackson of Comstock Park (Comstock Park HS) tops the league with 121.5 rushing yards per game, while senior Vincent Boddy of West Bloomfield (West Bloomfield HS) is tied with first with three touchdowns receptions and third in receiving yards at 120.5 per game. Senior defensive back Santino DiCesare of Dorr (Wayland HS)sits fourth in the MIAA at 10.0 tackles per game.
Officials for Hope football games are were assigned by the MIAA. Officials for today's games are referee Jeffrey Stille of Spring Lake, umpire Michael Underwood of Grand Rapids, Martin Kolka of DeWitt, line judge Crathman Stephens of Lathrup Village, side judge Curt Johnson of Hastings, field judge Daniel Renner of Grand Ledge and back judge John Moway of Rockford.
The Hope-Wisconsin Lutheran rivalry started in 2000. The Flying Dutchmen lead the all-time series 9-1, including a 28-14 victory in their last meeting in 2011. This game is a matchup in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association-Northern Athletics Conference Challenge series. The two conferences signed a four-year agreement in 2012 for the series. Matchups for the series are determined based on each school's finish in the previous year's conference standings. NAC schools hosted the Challenge Series meetings last year, so MIAA schools will have home-field advantage for this year's contests. With the home-field advantage last year, NAC schools won five of the seven meetings in the series. The MIAA is the nation's oldest collegiate athletic conference, founded in 1888. The Northern Athletics Conference began its first season of competition in 2006. The NAC consists of 13 private colleges and universities from the shared-border states of Illinois and Wisconsin.
Concessions at Hope football games are provided by Hope College Food Service. If you bought a game program today, look on page 36 for a special discount off your next purchase. Just show your program at the concession stand to receive the discount.
Today we welcome the St. Joseph High School marching band under the direction of Aaron Engleman. It is our custom to invite high school bands to perform at halftime of home football games.
Today we also welcome those guests who are here for "Take a Kid to the Game" at Ray & Sue Smith Stadium. We have invited youth from local teams and Holland Recreation programs. We will also have posters for youth on the field following the game and the players will be available to autograph them afterward.
HOPE (2-0 overall)
Hope 41, North Park 21
Hope 41, Millikin 7
Hope at Illinois Wesleyan, Sept. 28, 1 p.m. CT
Adrian at Hope, Oct. 5, 1 p.m.
Hope at Olivet, Oct. 12, 1 p.m.
Hope at Alma, Oct. 19, 1 p.m.
Kalamazoo at Hope, Oct. 26, 7 p.m.
Hope at Trine, Nov. 2, 1 p.m.
Albion at Hope, Nov. 16, 1 p.m.
WISCONSIN LUTHERAN (0-2 overall)
Ripon 31, Wisconsin Lutheran 24
Olivet 14, Wisconsin Lutheran 10
Wis. Lutheran at Lakeland, Oct. 5
Concordia-Chicago at Wis. Lutheran, Oct. 12
Aurora (Ill.) at Wis. Lutheran, Oct. 19
Wis. Lutheran at Benedictine (Ill.), Oct. 26
Marantha (Wis.) at Wis. Lutheran, Nov. 2
Wis. Lutheran at Rockford (Ill.), Nov. 9
Concordia-Wis. at Wis. Lutheran, Nov. 16