For the second year in a row, the Flying Dutchmen football team has returned the coveted Wooden Shoes to Holland after their annual bout with Kalamazoo College. Saturday’s competition pitted a win-less Kalamazoo team with a Hope squad still recovering from a loss to Trine. As Senior Jakob Zanski put it, “We knew we needed to bounce back and step up for this game.” The team did exactly that by dominating in all three phases of the game on Saturday, with the offense putting up 50 points and the defense shutting the Hornets out Darren Ford (’18) continued to be a reliable source of extra points and field goals to ensure the special teams carried their share of the load.
On the offensive side of the ball, the Flying Dutchmen moved up and down the field with ease and spread the ball around generously. Although they were not perfect, with two turnovers, the team took on the mentality of a Swiss army knife – scoring with six different players. Most notably, Senior Brandan Campbell had a 52-yard score that helped boost his 136-yard total for the game. With this performance, Campbell finds himself sixth on the list of all-time rushers for Hope football after just two seasons on the team.
Zach Telfor (’18) had a standout day with 11 tackles, four sacks and a fumble recover. With numbers like this, it is no surprise that he was recognized as the MIAA Defensive Player of the Week.
Seniors on the team look forward to their final match at Ray & Sue Smith Stadium this Saturday against Albion.