Campus Report 9/18/04 from Jason Dannelly: NAIA Matchup Sterling College at McPherson College

My dad and I had absolutely no interest being in Hillsboro , Saturday. We were told that between 15 and 30,000 people attend this craft day. We both laughed at the thought of that many people coming to a craft show, but we were wrong. Dad and I got out of town just in time to see a ten mile string of cars waiting to get into Hillsboro . Needless to say we were happy to be out of town.

As for McPherson and Sterling , I had a great time. I’ve always like talking to coaches no matter where they are from and Dave Cunningham and Andy Lambert are no exceptions. Cunningham has done a great job in getting the Bulldogs turned around while Lambert is just starting his quest with the Warriors. Both coaches are personable and are some of my favorite people to talk to.

McPherson has a nice small campus where the majority of the buildings looked very nice. There athletic facilities were some of the best I’ve seen in the KCAC. The football field is SprintTurf and is a great surface. McPherson has also done a good job of recruiting speed to that surface as the Bulldogs are a quick team. The press box is well done as there is plenty of space for the working media.

As for the football game, I really liked what I saw from both teams. Sterling College will win a game this season. They play too hard not too. They are a well coached team that looked to be very disciplined. They won’t win the KCAC, but they will improve.

McPherson was without the services of Lamar Jacobs for much of the game as he is recovering from a knee sprain. The person I came away most impressed with athletically on the entire field was McPherson slot back Sean Eason. His speed and quick moves showed he was probably the best athlete on the field. With Jacobs at full speed and Eason darting all over the place, the Bulldogs will be in the hunt for the KCAC title

Overall the trip to McPherson was productive and short. A big thanks to Carol Swenson for getting me set up at the game and to both teams for putting on a great game. Even though the final was 24-13, the game was much better than the 11 point margin of victory. Until next week.

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