The Oiler football team has high hopes for upcoming season

By: Martyce Kimbrough

The University of Findlay football team is looking for success in new conference when it moves to the GMAC in the Fall of 2017.

The UF football team will begin its 2017 season on Thursday, Aug. 31 at Tiffin University. Tiffin is staying in the GLIAC.

The Oilers went 6-5 during the 2016-2017 season and are looking to move forward with their success this upcoming season. The UF squad completed its final season in the GLIAC and is now entering its first season as a member of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (GMAC). The GMAC consists of schools in states ranging from Michigan to Tennessee.

“We are all really confident about this next season,” said senior running back Chauncey Bridges. “Last year was tough with a lot of close games going in the opposing teams favor, but unlike most we are returning the majority of our teams starters.”

Aside from Bridges, the Oilers are returning other key players as well. Juniors Jason Moore and Andrew Alten are both coming off of breakout seasons as they were both first team All-GLIAC selections.  Moore set school records for touchdown receptions and receiving yards with 15 and 1,115 respectively. 

Bridges earned 2nd team all GLIAC during his junior season while earning honorable mention his sophomore year. The incoming senior leader is excited for new things to come this season.

“At first with our new conference I was a little upset we won’t be able to play some teams in the regular season anymore,” said Bridges. “Now I am excited to experience some new competition.”

Fans will get a chance to check out the Oilers in their spring game Friday, April 21 at 7 p.m. at Donnell Stadium.

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