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Vailas, Wildcats get going today against Chippewas
“Since I first stepped on the field here as a freshman, this is what I’ve wanted to do the entire time,” Vailas said. “Now that it’s here, I’m ecstatic. I just want to go out there and make sure I get the ball to our playmakers and do what I’m supposed to do.”
Goldrich won the job at the beginning of last season and led the team to a win over Holy Cross. He got hurt on the second play of the game the next week at Minnesota and Vailas came on in relief. The two shared the job the rest of the season.
Goldrich will play at least a series in today’s game, as Vailas did against Holy Cross last year. The competition is far from over, Vailas said.
“We’ve got some very powerful weapons,” Vailas said. “It’s going to be good. We’ll try to get the ball in a lot of people’s hands.”
The Chippewas lost their opener, 59-9, last week at Michigan and also lost a couple of their key players in quarterback Cody Kater (broken collarbone) and running back Zurlon Tipton (broken ankle) to injury in the game.
No matter who is in, McDonnell is concerned about Central Michigan’s size and physicality. The Chippewa starters on the offensive line are listed at 305, 306, 305, 300 and 306 pounds.
Running backs Jimmy Owens, a junior, and Dalton Crossan, a redshirt freshman, are also sidelined. So are senior defensive back Chris Houston and junior defensive end Tre Williams.
St. Anselm College and Plymouth State University open their seasons with home games today.
The Hawks, who went 2-9 last year, take on Bowie State at Grappone Stadium at 1. Bowie finished 5-5 in 2012.
Plymouth State, 2-8 last season, plays Castleton State at Currier Field, also at 1. Castleton went 6-4 and beat the Panthers 35-7 last year.