ELSAH, ILL. Perhaps the second time will be a charm for Haskell Indian Nation University's football team.
On Oct. 2, the Fightin' Indians traveled to Principia College and bowed, 22-7. Now HINU will try again.
Kickoff for today's rematch against the Panthers is noon at Clark Field.
"Our defense played extremely well in that first game," said Ron Humenuik, a long-time NFL assistant coach who started a program at Principia last season.
Principia went 0-8 in 1998, but the Panthers are 3-4 this season, and will be hoping to finish with a .500 record.
Haskell has a 5-4 record and is coming off a 62-6 drubbing at the hands of McPherson College in Lawrence.
"The thing about Haskell is they have good athletes at the skill positions," said Humenuik who was an aide with the Kansas City Chiefs in 1983-84. "Their quarterback is a real competitor, too."
Sophomore quarterback Brandon Watson had guided the Indians to wins in four of their last five games prior to the McPherson rout.
HINU officials agreed to travel to Principia twice when Humenuik offered to pay a guarantee. Principia was orginally scheduled to meet Northeast Colorado today, but that school dropped out.
Today's game will be the season finale for both teams.