Wayne State will go head-to-head with conference foe Hillsdale College on Oct. 1 for the homecoming game.
The Warriors will look to keep their hopes of a strong season alive as they head into the game 3-1 on the year.
This contest will be the conclusion of a three-game homestand for the Warriors.
The Warriors earned wins in the first two games of the season, beating Lake Erie College 50-7 and Tiffin University 35-21.
They will enter this upcoming game with something extra to prove, as they lost last year’s meeting with Hillsdale in overtime, 31-24. Coach Winters said last year’s loss will serve as motivation.
“The team remembers everything, and we still have a bad taste in our mouths,” Winters said.
Both teams come into this game with momentum. They both boast 3-1 overall records, with both of their losses coming in GLIAC conference games.
On Sept. 24 against Tiffin University, the Warriors were unrelenting on offense. They accumulated an impressive 414 yards and five touchdowns on the ground alone, thanks to running back tandem Romello Brown and Demetrius Stinson.
Brown tallied 284 yards and three touchdowns with Stinson adding 63 yards and two touchdowns.
Although the Warriors won against Tiffin, Coach Winters said the team must be better at finishing games.
“As a team, we have struggled with keeping the same focus late in games as we had in the beginning,” he said. “This was especially evident in the Tiffin contest when we gave up two touchdowns in the fourth quarter.”
Hillsdale is coming off of a high, scoring 51-24 win over Michigan Tech University last week.
Unlike Wayne State’s last game, Hillsdale found their success throwing the ball. Starting quarterback Chance Stewart threw three TDs through the air and gained two TDs on the ground.
The numbers support the teams’ similar records as WSU averages 491.8 total offense yards with Hillsdale tallying 418.8.
While the Warriors have been strong on the ground, averaging 303 yards a game and 11 total touchdowns, Hillsdale has found success passing, averaging 295.3 yards a game with 11 total touchdowns.
The game is set to be a defensive battle, as both teams’ defenses are best at holding their opponent's strengths. WSU's defense is third in the GLIAC, allowing 191.5 pass yards a game, while Hillsdale is fourth, allowing 134.8 rush yards a game.
"Hillsdale plays tough defense and likes to control the pace of the game,” said Winters. "Generally, Hillsdale is one of our most physical opponents that we face in the season. It’ll be important for us to start strong and maintain our concentration throughout.”
When presented with the question of what will give the Warriors the edge in this one, Winters simply replied “home field."