Football To Honor 1953 MIAA Championship Team On Saturday

Hope College is honoring the 1953 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association champion football team at Saturday's home game at Smith Stadium.

Kickoff is 12:00 p.m. against Finlandia University. Tickets can be purchased at the gate. Hope enters with a 3-2 overall record and a 1-1 mark in MIAA play. Finlandia is 0-5 overall and 0-2 against MIAA opponents.

in 1953, the Flying Dutchmen earned Hope's first outright MIAA conference championship with a roster consisting of just 39 players, including a freshman quarterback. Hope went 7-2 overall and 5-1-0 in the MIAA.

With three weeks to go in the regular season and playing on the road at Albion, coach Al Vanderbush's Flying Dutchmen beat the Britons 20-7. This victory gave Hope the lead in the conference standings. The MIAA title was then secured one week later with a 12-7 win over Kalamazoo.

For more information on the historic 1953 season, pick up a copy of Saturday's game program.

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