Hocking College Prepares for First Home Football Game

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Hocking College kicks off their first home football game tonight at Boston Field at Nelsonville-York High School amid a number of controversies involving the school and its administration.

Recently other media outlets reported allegations that five football players were involved in a sexual assault incident on campus.

Athens County Prosecutor Keller Blackburn would neither confirm nor deny the allegations of football player involvement but did say an investigation into the alleged assault is ongoing.

Hocking College Athletic Director Joe Wakeman also did not comment on the allegations but says despite them, the football game will bring Hocking College together.

“One of the things I’ve seen it doing is propelling the mission of Hocking College,” Wakeman said. “With the athletics department we are getting demographics of students that maybe wouldn’t come.”

Keary Alaniz, a student at Hocking College, helped make banners for the game this week in Light Hall.

“I think the spirit of this school could be in the football team,” Alaniz said. “Despite any controversy.”

Wakeman also said the Nelsonville community has interest in tonight’s game.

“I’ve spent a lot of time in town recruiting businesses for advertising and there’s been a lot of excitement.”

Monday afternoon Hocking College cheerleaders are decorating the game field with balloons and banners.

Kick off is scheduled for 6 P.M.