The Albion College football team is set to match-up against Olivet for its homecoming football game. The game is scheduled to take place on Saturday at 1 p.m. The homecoming football game is typically one of the focal points of Albion’s homecoming festivities. This year is no exception.
The Albion College football team holds a record of 5-1. The team defeated Mt. St. Joseph (36-20), Defiance (51-0), Hanover (24-14) Wisconsin Eau Claire (23-20) and Kalamazoo (49-0). They lost to Adrian earlier this month (7-21).
The single loss to Adrian, however, does not seem to have swayed Albion’s can-do attitude.
“Fans should expect a great game between two really good teams,” said Andy Durand, Pinckney Junior and wide receiver. “They should expect high effort all game long, from start to finish.”
Albion and Olivet’s football teams last competed against each other in April 2021, in which Albion came out victorious. This does not cause the Albion College football team to take the game any less seriously.
“This is going to be a competitive game with two teams that will do whatever it takes to come out as the winner,” said Durand.
Jack Bush, Chelsea senior and quarterback, shares a similar outlook.
“I think that people should expect a very competitive and physical game as Olivet is a very good team,” said Bush. “We have put a lot of work in together as a team through fall camp and the first six weeks of the season leading up to this game. This should help us prepare for a big matchup against Olivet.”
Albion’s football team played a game prior to their face-off against Olivet. The winning game was played at Kalamazoo on Oct. 16 with a final score of 49-0.
Because of the Kalamazoo match-up and a desire to focus on their own skills, Albion’s football team has not placed too much emphasis on the homecoming game against Olivet.
“As a team we haven’t thought about homecoming yet, we’re focusing on us as a team and who we play during the week,” said Justin Thomas, Wixom senior and wide receiver.
Nonetheless, Thomas is looking forward to the homecoming game.
“I’m looking forward to playing a great team, the atmosphere of the game, student section, alumni and everyone that shows up,” said Thomas.
The team is hoping the game brings a big turnout.
“I would love to see a packed house for the game. There is nothing better than playing for a home crowd and especially if the crowd is rowdy,” said Thomas.