Football faces Toledo in Battle of I-75



Zane Miller and Zane Miller

The Falcons football team will take on the Toledo Rockets Wednesday night in the Battle of I-75 for the Falcons’ final home game of the season.

Toledo comes into the game in a tie for first in the Mid-American Conference with a conference record of 5-1, 8-2 overall. However, they are also coming off of a 38-10 loss to the Ohio Bobcats, which the Falcons feel will give them more motivation coming into this game.

“I look for them to be a little bit ornery after last week’s performance,” Falcons head coach Mike Jinks said. “They’ve had some injuries that they’ve had to overcome, as we all have in our conference, but it shows the effect that losing one or two guys can make a big difference, but they’ve got a lot to play for. We’re playing for pride, and when you’ve got a group of guys that’s close, that can be dangerous, but they need this one to get back to the MAC championship.”

The team was also able to make it close in their game against Toledo last season, falling 42-35 after giving up a late touchdown. However, the team wants to keep the same approach this time around.

“The biggest thing that I tried to do at that time was to look at it for what it was,” Jinks said. “There’s no more important ball game than the opponent that you have at hand, and the approach will be similar. If you ask the kids throughout the week, they’ll acknowledge that we want bragging rights and that it’s important to our community and our fan base, but at the same time, we’ve got to learn to focus. We’re not to the point yet where we can overlook anybody.”

The team is expecting there to still be a lot of hype surrounding the game, regardless of the records of the two teams.

“It means a little more than it did last year,” Jinks said. “Walking into the game last year, I had heard a lot about it, I feel like I’ve been in a few decent venues and been a part of some big rivalries myself and walking into the Glass Bowl last year, from the second we walked in to the time it ended, on every single play, you could just feel the energy in the stadium, so it was definitely one of the better memories that I’ve had coaching this game and playing in this game, so I definitely have an understanding of how passionate both communities are about this competition.”