Most college football coaches and players would love a weekend off late in the season. Haskell Indian Nations University has had two.
Ã¢ÂÂWeÃ¢ÂÂre ready to roll,Ã¢ÂÂ first-year HINU coach Eric Brock said. Ã¢ÂÂEverybodyÃ¢ÂÂs ready. All our nicks and bruises have healed up.Ã¢ÂÂ
The FightinÃ¢ÂÂ Indians, who havenÃ¢ÂÂt played since thumping Trinity Bible College 68-0 on Oct. 19, travel to meet Colorado College today in Colorado Springs, Colo. Kickoff will be at 2 p.m. CST at Washburn Field.
Haskell, 1-6, ended a 24-game losing streak that stretched to the 2000 season by defeating Trinity Bible.
Ã¢ÂÂIt was good to get the guys to have smiles on their faces,Ã¢ÂÂ Brock said. Ã¢ÂÂOur focus now is to win out and go 3-0 in our last games.Ã¢ÂÂ
ThatÃ¢ÂÂs a reasonable goal because neither of the TribeÃ¢ÂÂs last opponents has won a game this season. Colorado College and Southwestern Assemblies of God U., the team HINU will entertain in its season finale on Nov. 16, each are 0-7. Today SAGU is playing Southern Nazarene, a team that defeated Baker U. earlier in the season.
Among the Haskell players who had a chance to heal during the schedule break were quarterback/running back Pete Hahn and wide receiver/quarterback Chris Muniz. Each was nursing a shoulder injury.
Hahn also is HaskellÃ¢ÂÂs punter and leads the Central States Football League with a 36.6 average. Also, HaskellÃ¢ÂÂs Martin Woods tops the CSFL in punt returns with a 12.0 average.
In addition, junior defensive back Brett Blythe intercepted four passes in the Trinity Bible game, earning top honors in the NAIA that week and boosting his season total to eight.
HaskellÃ¢ÂÂs contingent made the eight-hour trip to Colorado Springs by charter bus and van, leaving at 9 p.m. Thursday and arriving early Friday morning.
Ã¢ÂÂWe wanted to be able to get plenty of rest on Friday,Ã¢ÂÂ Brock said.