By: Dylan DeWitt
Once a year when the leaves begin to change colors and the mornings begin to chill the air, homecoming weekend at the University of Findlay remains a steady, welcoming tradition not only for those coming back to campus for the events but athletics as well. This weekend, nearly every fall athletic team will be competing in their respected competitions whether it be on the courts, on the field, or on the gridiron, you name it, Oilers athletics will be playing.
Starting the weekend off will be the defending G-MAC Champion swim teams as they will compete at home in Croy against Northern Michigan. The swim teams have had one swim match at the Cleveland State Invite where the women`s swim team secured first place finishes in four events and the men`s team finished in second and third in a few events as well.
Later on in the evening, the volleyball team will look to start their win streak up once more with a conference game against Trevecca Nazarene. The team currently sits in second place with Tiffin University and two games behind the Hillsdale Chargers in the conference. The volleyball team will also be competing against Kentucky Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon at Croy Gymnasium as well. The volleyball team will look to add number 14 and 15 to the win column as they sit at 13-3 overall and 8-2 in the conference.
The tennis teams will compete against Oberlin College on Saturday as well. The match with be played at Oberlin beginning at 10:30 a.m. for both teams. The men`s team is currently 1-0 after a 6-1 victory against Ohio Northern, and the women`s team are 0-1 after a hard fought battle against Wayne State.
The soccer teams will be on the road this weekend as they go south to compete against Davis & Elkins. Davis & Elkins soccer teams both sit at 3-4-2 this season. The men`s team will look to add a win on the road, and the G-MAC leading women`s team will look to continue their successes and tally on another win as well.
Wrapping up the weekend filled with sports, the football squad will look to take down the visiting Hillsdale Chargers who are 4-1 overall and 3-0 in the conference. The Oilers defensive game will need to continue their dominance this season as the Chargers offense will look to move the ball efficiently once more. The Chargers are currently averaging 426.8 yards per game of total offense. The Findlay’s offense should also be able to take advantage of the Chargers defense as they have allowed 363.4 yards per game.
The Oilers, who are 3-2 overall, are averaging more yards per game with 497.6 of total offense and 46.2 points per game. The Oilers team is coming off a 70-7 victory against Lake Erie which is the most points scored in all of Division II this season. The defense should be riding the momentum of last week’s game as they forced four turnovers and a defensive touchdown. The game will begin at 3:00 p.m. at Donnel Stadium for the Homecoming Game.
The weekend will be filled with athletics and the atmosphere at all the competitions is planned to feel royal. Once again, Homecoming weekend is here and so is Oilers athletics.