posted October 15, 2003

Adrian Bulldogs Are Homecoming Football Opponent

Hope Season Stats
Adrian Season Stats
A History of Homecoming Games
Alltime Hope/Adrian Football Series

For the second straight week, the Hope football team will play an undefeated team as the Adrian Bulldogs come to Holland Municipal Stadium for Homecoming. Kickoff will be 2 p.m. EST

The game will be broadcast by WHTC-AM (1450) and WFUR-FM (102.9). It will also be available on the internet via

  • Adrian Bulldogs has won its first five games. Since gaining two close victories to launch the season, the Bulldogs in their last three games have out-scored opponents 128-44, including 49-14 over future MIAA member Tri-State last Saturday. Adrian is off to its best start since 1997 when the Bulldogs went 8-1, bowing only to Albion.
  • The Flying Dutchmen stand 3-2 with two consecutive victories. Last Saturday Hope knocked Kalamazoo from the ranks of the unbeatens, 21-18.
  • The Hope/Adrian rivalry started in 1938. Hope owns a 42-18-1 advantage in the series, but a year ago the Bulldogs prevailed, 27-26.
  • In Homecoming games since 1928, Hope has a 43-26-3 record. The last Homecoming loss was in 1997 to Adrian, 26-19. The Flying Dutchmen are 10-2 when Adrian has been the Homecoming opponent.
  • Midway through the season, the Flying Dutchmen have gained 74% of their total offense from passes while Adrian has featured a more balanced attack, 54% of their yardage coming from rushing and 46% from passing. The Bulldogs have been very effective when inside the opponents' 20-yard line (the red zone), scoring 13-of-15 times (11 touchdowns and 2 field goals). Hope, on the other hand, has the lowest red zone efficiency among MIAA teams, scoring on 15-of-23 opportunities (all touchdowns).
  • Hope quarterback Phil Butler has been intercepted 10 times this season. Adrian has intercepted 11 opponent passes. The Bulldogs returned two interceptions for touchdowns last Saturday. Adrian leads the MIAA in quarterback sacks with 17. Adrian sophomore defensive end Mike Lewis has made nine quarterback sacks and another 10 tackles for lost yardage.
  • Hope tailback Dan Bloemers has rushed for over 100 yards in three games this season, including 110 yards on 30 carries last Saturday against Kalamazoo. He leads MIAA rushers with 510 yards on 135 carries. His nine touchdowns also tops the league.
  • Hope junior receiver Jeff Eldersveld is among the nation's leading return specialists. He entered last Saturday's game ranked 15th nationally in punt returns and 23rd in all-purpose running. He currently leads the MIAA in all-purpose running (rushing-receiving-punt returns-kickoff returns) at 161.2 yards per game.