Football Stymied by Hope College in MIAA Home Opener, 25-7

Football Stymied by Hope College in MIAA Home Opener, 25-7

ADRIAN, Mich.--Visiting Hope was able to keep Adrian College's vaunted time-consuming offense off the football field in a 25-7 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association win on Saturday.

= Final Score: Hope College 25, Adrian College 7

= Location: Docking Stadium, Adrian, Mich.; Weather: Partly Cloudy, 72 degrees, Wind SW 14 mph

= Records: Hope Flying Dutchmen (3-3 overall, 2-1 MIAA), Adrian Bulldogs (3-3, 1-1)

FOR ADRIAN
= Freshman Johnnyx Charlemagne had a career-high 111 yards on two receptions, including a 78-yard catch-and-run for his first collegiate touchdown.

= Two-time reigning MIAA Special Teams Player of the Week junior Connor Storms averaged 46.3 yards on a season-high nine punts.

= Defensively, sophomore Chris Adams led all student-athletes with a career-high 12 solo and 16 total tackles to pace three teammates in double figures. Sophomore Austin Kowalczyk added nine and 14, followed by junior Jacob Davis with nine solo and 13 total tackles and sophomore Angus Arthur had four solo and 11 total stops. Junior Damon Fuller chipped in six tackles (8 total) and an Adrian season-high three quarterback hurries.

THE OPPOSITION
Brandan Campbell (20 carries, 171 yards) and Mike Miklusicak (34, 167) combined for 338 yards rushing to lead the Dutchmen offense.

Darren Ford booted four field goals of 26, 30, 21 and 19 yards--tying a MIAA record.

Cooper Cecchini had four receptions for a game-best 121 yards.

Griffin Weigl led Hope's defense with seven tackles (2 solo) while Zach Telfor (3 solo) and Ian Gorgenson (5) had six each.

HOW IT HAPPENED
= Adrian was limited to just 21 minutes and 7 seconds in time of possession. The Bulldogs came into the contest leading the NCAA (FBS, FCS, D-II, D-III) at 37:43.

= Hope also won the statistical side: first downs (24-9), total offense (581-220), rushing yards (396-55), passing yards (185-165), turnover margin (+3) and penalties (2 for 20 yards, 7 for 61).

= The Dutchmen built a 22-0 advantage on the strength of three field goals and a pair of TDs. Michael Custer threw a 75-yard TD pass to Cecchini and Miklusicak rushed for 10 yards on another score--both coming in the third quarter.

= Adrian responded immediately after Miklusicak's TD. Charlemagne hooked up with sophomore quarterback Gage Smith for a 78-yard TD pass, as the former made a spectacular over-the- shoulder catch and tight-roped the Adrian sideline into the end zone to make it 22-7 with over 18 minutes left to play.

= But Ford tacked on another field goal and the Hope defense forced the Bulldogs to punt and turn the ball over on downs on their last two drives.

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE
= Hope went 99:44--the equivalent of almost two games--without scoring a TD versus the Bulldogs until late in the third quarter with Cecchini's long catch.

= Tonight was only Adrian's second loss in seven meetings against the Dutchmen in Coach Jim Deere's tenure. The Bulldogs had won four-straight in the series.

= Storms boomed a career-long 70-yard punt late in the third stanza. He went over 1,000 yards punting this season (1,413) and now has 5,109 for his career. In sixth place on the school's all-time chart, he is closing in on No. 5 Craig Barnes who had 5,470 from 1989-92. He rates first in the MIAA in punts inside the 20 (13) and second with a 42.8 clip.

= The defenses combined for four sacks and eight tackles for loss.

= Thank you to the Adrian fans for supporting Black Out & First Responders Day as we honored our first responders throughout the night.

UP NEXT
= Adrian concludes its three-game homestand next Saturday when Kalamazoo College comes to town on Family Weekend. Kickoff at Docking Stadium is scheduled for 6 p.m.

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