Hillsdale Charger’s final game of the football season is just around the corner, and it will be the last game for the Senior Charger Class members who have left an impressive resume since joining the football program as Freshman. .
The Chargers will compete in America’s Crossroads Bowl Game on Saturday, December 4 in Hobart, Indiana. Hillsdale will be making revenge with a Truman State team that beat Hillsdale earlier in the 2021 season. Either way, the Charger Seniors will be looking to leave a last memory and a final legacy to the program and to Hillsdale College. The game of boules will be the first time Hillsdale has played it since November 26, 1960.
An opportunity to win the first NCAA-sanctioned bowl game for Hillsdale College since 1960 will be the last building block in their time as a Charger.
There are 21 members of the Senior class this year. 12 of those players are four-year letter winners and (unprecedented in the team’s 129-year history) two five-year letter winners to Alex Anschutz and Konnor Maloney.
The senior class has racked up a record 31-19 winners since joining the program. This includes many members of the Senior class helping the 2018 team win the G-MAC Championship. This led to the third place finish in the NCAA DII playoff program. The Hillsdale Chargers would travel to face Kutztown in a first-round clash. The Chargers ended this game with a 40-26 victory. It was the second NCAA playoff program victory in school history.
Three senior class members – Alex Anschutz, Konnor Maloney and Cole Johnson – won the CoSIDA Academic All-American Award, an award won by just five other football players in the school’s history.
The senior class has also won 22 All-Conference accolades, including six this season. Seniors Zach Herzog, Nate Chambers, Cole Johnson and Alex Anschutz took first team honors in 2021. Jack McCarthy and Jack Shannon won second team honors in 2021. Kyle Parran won third team honors .
Here is a brief overview of each Senior and their accomplishments as loaders. Statistics do not show their final totals with the ball game.
Alex Anschutz (3) has been captain for two years and has been a player for five years for the Chargers. In addition to his accolades above, Alex had won two other All-GMAC honors. Alex has recorded 273 career tackles, nine for loss, six interceptions and one fumble. He graduated in biochemistry and plans to work for Stryker Neurosurgical as a marketing associate.
Jonathan Burton (46) is a four-year letter winner and a two-year starter at linebacker. He has a career-high 43 tackles, including seven for a loss, this season. Burton earned a double major in Spanish and Politics. Jon plans to join the US Army after graduation.
Nate Chambers (92) is a 2021 team captain and played a defensive tackle. Chambers won three honors from all conferences. Chambers has had 51 tackles, 6.5 sacks, a fumble recovered and a blocked kick this season. Chambers plans to earn a degree in financial management and attend college.
Jared Clark (60) is a four-season player for the Chargers on the offensive line. He started as a junior in the spring of 2021 before his career was cut short due to injury. Clark was a student manager for the team this fall and plans to earn a biology degree.
Ross Feldpausch (11) is a veteran Charger who led the Boy Scout team as a quarterback. He is the mentor to a number of young players on and off the pitch. Ross plans to earn a biochemistry degree and attend pharmacy school at the University of Michigan.
Alec Foos (22) won a letter for four years and has held a number of positions for Chargers over the years including quarterback and wide receiver. He ended his career with his best season, capturing 28 passes for 323 yards and three touchdowns in 10 games and adding a rushing touchdown. Alec plans to get a degree in financial management.
Matt Gray (77) is a four-year letter winner for the Chargers. Gray was a major contributor for the Chargers in all three phases of the game, and even played some u-turn when the team decided to go for a false punt. Matt is on track to earn a degree in Exercise Science and plans to become a strength and conditioning trainer.
Marr Harding (19) is part of a line of Hardings who have played for the Charger football program. Matt is a four-year letter winner and has been a starter for the past two seasons. He ends his career with 95 total tackles, five for loss and five interceptions, including a pick-six in a spring 2021 road win over Walsh. Matt Harding is considering getting a degree in financial management.
Zach Herzog (7) was captain of the 2021 squad and won a letter for three years playing it safe for the Chargers. Herzog is one of five players in the program’s history to win three first-team all-conference honors in three consecutive years. Two-time G-MAC Defensive Player of the Week, Herzog has 231 career tackles, 5.5 for losses and three interceptions in his career. He graduated in Marketing Management.
Joe Hissom (41) is a power back and three-year letter winner for the Chargers. A valued leader, Hissom has been a welcome veteran presence in a young Charger backfield this season. He plans to double the major in History and Economics and plans to attend college as a graduate soccer assistant.
Cole Johnson (74) was a captain in 2021 and a four-year starter on the offensive line at right guard and right tackle. Johnson has won three All-GMAC accolades. Johnson is one of eight players in Hillsdale history to win CoSIDA All-American college honors. Cole Johnson plans to get a degree in financial management.
Konnor Maloney (18) was captain of the Chargers in 2021. Konnor is a five-year letter winner who served as a catcher for the Chargers. Maloney is fifth all-time in program history for career receiving yards (2,086) and 10th for career receptions (124). He has been honored twice by the All-Conference and is one of eight players in the program’s history to win All-American CoSIDA academic honors. Konnor plans to earn a degree in Exercise Science and plans to attend the Palmer College of Chiropractic to become a Doctor of Chiropractic.
Jack McCarthy (72) is a three-year letter winner and the starting center for the Chargers each of the past two seasons. McCarthy won two All-GMAC Second Team Honors during his career. He plans to get a degree in financial management.
Cal McNellie (95) is a three-year letter winner and has been an impact player for the Chargers’ special teams units throughout his career. He’s been the long snapper his entire career for the Chargers. Cal is on track to earn a degree in financial management and aims to pursue a career in journalism after graduation.
Gabe Nickels (49) is a four-year letter winner for the Chargers. Gabe started his career as a special teams ace before joining the linebacker rotation for the past two seasons. Gabe is on track to earn a degree in exercise science and plans to pursue a career in physiotherapy.
Kyle Parran (55) was captain of the 2021 Charger football team and won a letter for four years. Playing on the defensive line, Kyle’s career 16 sacks are in the top 10 in program history. Kyle has been named twice to the All-GMAC Third Team, among other program honors. Kyle plans to get a degree in financial management.
John Pearson (47) is a three-year letter winner and has played primarily linebacker and contributed on special teams for the past two seasons for the Chargers. He had his best season this year with 35 tackles and two sacks. John plans to earn a degree in International Studies and will participate in the Washington Hillsdale Internship Program this spring.
Joe Royer (99) is a four-year letter winner and has been a vital player on the Chargers’ defensive line every season. Royer won three All-GMAC accolades, two honorable mentions and a third team during his career. He has 85 tackles, 9.5 for a loss, 3.5 sacks and an interception and fumble recovery in his career. Joe is considering getting a degree in financial management.
Joe Schneider (21) is a four-year letter winner for the Chargers. Joe Schneider has recorded 59 tackles, five interceptions and 10 missed passes over the past two seasons. He won G-MAC Defensive Player of the Week honors earlier this season. Joe is on track to earn a sports management degree and aims to attend law school to focus on sports law.
Jack Shannon (1) ends his career as one of the best punters in the history of the Charger football program. Jack has won three All-GMAC honors, including second-team honors in 2021. He set the conference record for yards per punt in a single game against Tiffin last spring. His average of 41.6 yards per punt is a new G-MAC record. Jack plans to get a biology degree and plans to attend medical school.
Jake Umholtz (33) is a two-year collaborator as a running back for the Chargers. Jake has played an important role in the Chargers’ scouting squad throughout his career. Umholtz had a career best day against Kentucky Wesleyan in 2019 which included a one-yard touchdown run. Jake is a lead for a degree in International Studies and is considering taking a job at Deloitte as a Solutions Analyst within their Investigation and Intelligence team.