Quakers Square off Against Manchester
October 18, 2013Earlham College Broadcast Sports
by DEREK BLANK (RadioTroy.com Sports)
The Earlham football squad will face Manchester University this Saturday (10/19) at 2:30 p.m. in Richmond. The Quakers have fallen to the Spartans three times in a row, their last victory dating back to the 2009 season. The Quakers are coming off a bye week following their losing effort to Defiance. However, Head Coach Kazmierczak believes the bye week has helped the Quakers for their matchup.
“The bye week enabled us to get a little healthier and to re-emphasis fundamentals,” stated Kazmierczak. The Quakers have had two weeks to prepare for the Spartans, and Coach believes the two teams look evenly matched, saying the two are very similar with near identical game schemes.
When I asked what the biggest threat Manchester brings to the game, Kazmierczak responded with some specific playmakers.
“I’m really impressed with their quarterback,” answered Kazmierczak. “The guy is a type of player that just makes big plays. I’m also very impressed with their run game.” Manchester’s quarterback Nick Williams, senior, has lead the Spartans to a 1-5 record this fall season.
Coach Kazmierczak stated what he believes are the keys to Saturday’s success. Kazmierczak believes that the game will be won through the battle in the trenches, noting that the team needs to be physical on both sides of the ball. He thinks that his offensive line and defensive front seven really need to step up in Saturday’s showdown.
The Earlham football team is also holding a fundraiser this Saturday. They will be helping out with Samaritan’s Feet, where fans will be able to donate shoes and money at Saturday’s game. The players will also be wearing wristbands to show their support towards Samaritan’s Feet.