Here is a look at tonight's matchup between the Hope and Kalamazoo football teams. Kickoff is 7 p.m. at Ray & Sue Smith Stadium.
Hope enters its "Hometown Week" game sponsored by Lorence & VanderZwart 5-2 on the season and 2-1 in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association play, while Kalamazoo is 3-3 overall and 1-1 in MIAA action.
Hope — Dean Kreps, 19th Season (99-84 overall)
Kalamazoo — Jamie Zorbo, Sixth Season (21-35 overall)
This is the 93rd meeting between the Hope and Kalamazoo football teams. This rivalry dates back to 1910. Hope leads the all-time series 53-33-6, with wins in the past 17 meetings, including 30-7 win at Kalamazoo last season. A pair of hard-carved wooden shoes goes with the winner, a tradition that started in 1931. For years, the wooden shoes were viewed as unique among intercollegiate trophy games because when a tie occurred the head coach of each team could have one of the pair until the next year's game. That happened six times until the NCAA eliminated the tie game ending in 1996.
A Hope win tonight would make Flying Dutchmen coach Dean Kreps the third MIAA coach to win 100 games in his career. He would join former Hope coach Ray Smith, who won 148 games over 25 seasons before retiring in 1994, and former Alma coach Jim Cole, who had 114 wins over 21 seasons before retiring in 2011. In 19 seasons as head coach, Kreps has guided the Flying Dutchmen to six MIAA championships while posting a 99-84 overall record and 78-32 mark in conference games. Kreps' conference wins are the second most in the MIAA history behind Ray Smith's 91.
Tonight's matchup features the MIAA's two most prolific quarterbacks — Hope senior
Michael Atwell of Geneseo, Ill. (Geneseo HS) and Kalamazoo sophomore Justin Danzy. Atwell ranks second in the MIAA at 244.7 passing yards per game, throwing for 1,713 yards and 13 touchdowns in seven games. He trails Danzy, who averages 341.3 passing yards per game. Danzy has passed for 2,048 yards and a league-leading 14 touchdowns in six games. Both quarterbacks face opposing pass defenses that rank among the league best. Hope is third in the league at 209.6 passing yards allowed, trailing Adrian (157.3) and Kalamazoo (204.2).
2013 TEAM STATISTICS
32.9—Points Per game—26.3
14.7—Opponents Points Per Game—27.5
160.0—Yards Rushing Per Game—113.2
253.0—Yards Passing Per Game—342.8
413.0—Total Offense Per Game—456.0
150.9—Opponent's Rushing Per Game—122.5
209.6—Opponent's Passing Per Game—204.2
360.4—Total Defense Per Game—326.7
Hope 41, North Park 21, Sept. 7
Kalamazoo 28, Rose-Hulman 23, Sept. 7
Hope 41, Millikin 7, Sept. 14
Kalamazoo 31, Manchester 21, Sept. 14
Hope 37, Wisconsin Lutheran 7, Sept. 21
Benedictine 28, Kalamazoo 23, Sept. 21
Illinois Wesleyan 14, Hope 7, Sept. 28
Chicago 31, Kalamazoo 17, Sept. 28
Adrian 17, Hope 14, Oct. 5
Kalamazoo 38, Trine 31, Oct. 5
Hope 47, Olivet 14, Oct. 12
Kalamazoo Bye, Oct. 12
Hope 43, Alma 23, Oct. 19
Albion 31, Kalamazoo 21, Oct 19
Kalamazoo at Hope, Oct. 26, 7 p.m.
Hope at Trine, Nov. 2, 1 p.m.
Adrian at Kalamazoo, Nov. 2, 1 p.m.
Hope bye, Nov. 9
Alma at Kalamazoo, Nov. 9, 1 p.m.
Albion at Hope, Nov. 16, 1 p.m.
Kalamazoo at Olivet, Nov. 16, 1 p.m.