The Oilers return home after handling their business in Painesville and will face Hillsdale College on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 3:00 pm in their 2018 Homecoming Game.
500th Win = $5.00 Tickets
In honor of the Oilers winning their 500th game in program history last Saturday, tickets for Saturday's Homecoming game will be offered for the discounted rate of $5.00.
The Oilers and Chargers have met 27 times in their history and Findlay has been victorious in 11 of those meetings.
Coach Keys lost just once to Hillsdale, a 49-19 defeat in 2011.
In the last ten matchups, the average winning score in the Hillsdale/Findlay game is 36.5 and neither team has been held scoreless in the game since 1933.
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Video streaming for the contest will be produced by UFTV and will stream live on the Great Midwest Digital Network.
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Head Coach Rob Keys
Head coach Rob Keys is in his eighth season at the helm of the Oilers football program in 2018. He has recorded a 51-32 record with the program as a head coach, which includes a 38-28 mark in conference games. He has coached Findlay to winning records in six of his seven seasons including last season when he lead the Oilers to their first ever NCAA Division II Playoffs.
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Findlay Oilers (3-2, 2-1 G-MAC)
Findlay enters the game looking for the 501st win in program history and is also looking to regain control of its G-MAC championship hopes. To accomplish that, the Oilers will have to continue exhibiting gaudy numbers on the offensive side of the ball.
Just as they have seemingly every week since entering G-MAC play last season, Findlay's offense sits atop the conference, scoring 46.2 points per game, 11 points per game higher than the next best team in the league. To light up the scoreboard at a high rate, the Oilers, which have the two highest scoring games in the nation this season (69 & 70), have posted a league-best 497.6 yards of total offense per game including a conference-best, 1,334 rushing yards this season, double the amount of yards of the second-best rushing team in the league, Alderson Broaddus.
The Oilers are getting it done defensively as well, leading the G-MAC in total defense. The Orange and Black are limiting opponents to 319 yards per game and just five yards per play, both league bests.
Hillsdale Chargers (4-1, 3-0 G-MAC)
Selected third in the preseason coaches' poll, the Chargers were not a popular selection to take the G-MAC crown. However, through five weeks of the season, Hillsdale has a solid resume that includes a league-best, three G-MAC wins, including a 16-point win on the road against then no. 12 Ohio Dominican. Their lone blemish is a one-point loss at Michigan Tech which came as a result of a missed extra point in overtime.
The Chargers are not surprising anyone now as they come to Findlay as the team atop the G-MAC standings and boasting one of the best offenses, especially through the air, in the league.
Led by senior quarterback Chance Stewart, the Chargers are picking up 6.3 yards per play for a total of 2,134 yards this season. Their 426.8 yards per game and 21 touchdowns are both good for second in the conference this year.
Stewart, Division II's seventh-active leader in passing yards at 7,905 in his career, ranks second in the G-MAC this year with 1,429 yards, just five yards behind league-leader Nick Watson of Tiffin. Stewart is tied for the league lead with 11 touchdown passes, has a leage-best QBR (162.6) and completion percentage (.662), and owns the longest passing play in the league this season, an 80-yard completion to Austin Sandusky against Ohio Dominican.
A good quarterback needs good receivers and Stewart throws to one of the top receiving corps' in the conference. Two time first team all-conference and 2016 honorable mention all-American receiver Trey Brock stands out as the biggest threat in that group. He is the current NCAA active leader, in all divisions, with 3,342 receiving yards. This season, Brock has 23 catches for 363 yards, fourth in the league, but it's sophomore Konnor Maloney who has captured the attention around the league. Maloney, a 6-3, 182 receiver, is in the midst of a breakout campaign in which he has 29 receptions for 482 yards, second in the G-MAC. In his freshman year, Maloney had just 194 receiving yards.
Because of the success of the passing game, Hillsdale's rushing attack has taken a back seat. The Chargers rank sixth in the league with 616 rushing yards but are second with ten rushing touchdowns. Junior David Graham takes the bulk of the carries and has 358 yards on 90 touches this season. His six rushing touchdowns are second in the league, one behind Findlay's Richard Wilson.