The Hope football team travels to Trine today with a chance to earn the right to play for a Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) championships.
Kickoff is 1 p.m. in Angola, Ind.
The Flying Dutchmen bring a 6-2 overall record into the game that includes a 3-1 mark in league play. Trine (3-4, 0-3 MIAA) is losers of four in a row.
This is the 11th meeting between the Hope and Trine football teams. This rivalry dates back to 2003. Hope leads the all-time series 6-4, including a 28-23 win at Trine in 2011. In that game, two Michael Atwell touchdown passes and two Fluarry Jackson touchdowns runs provided the Flying Dutchmen the offense they needed. In 2012, Hope lost 45-28 despite two touchdown receptions from Matt Kroll.
Senior Evan Finch of Ann Arbor (Pioneer HS) is within striking distance of being the most prolific single-season field-goal kicker in Flying Dutchmen history. Finch has made nine field goals on the season, one short of the school record. He trails only Doug Cooper (1986) and Duy Dang (1987). Finch, this week named the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Special Teams Player of the Week, has 21 career field goals. Dang holds the all-time record with 28.
Senior Michael Atwell of Geneseo, Ill., (Geneseo HS), is on the verge of becoming the sixth quarterback in Hope history to throw for at least 6,000 yards during his career. Atwell needs 148 yards today to join Phil Butler (8,510 between 2000-03) and current Hope assistant coach Jake Manning (6,855 between 2005-08). Atwell has thrown for 1,929 yards this season and is threatening to surpass his own best for a single season — 2,254 in 2012.
The Flying Dutchmen are coming off a seven-sack game against Kalamazoo that was their highest in a single game in two seasons. Hope last recorded seven sacks on Oct. 8, 2011, during a 22-16 home win against Kalamazoo. The Flying Dutchmen have 22 sacks on the season.
2013 TEAM STATISTICS
32.1—Points Per game—24.3
15.0—Opponents Points Per Game—24.0
153.4—Yards Rushing Per Game—196.6
248.4—Yards Passing Per Game—199.3
401.8—Total Offense Per Game—395.9
130.8—Opponent's Rushing Per Game—119.4
231.1—Opponent's Passing Per Game—239.7
361.9—Total Defense Per Game—359.1