CMU football’s Bonamego enjoys success vs. rival

MOUNT PLEASANT – This year’s senior class for CMU football has had limited success against their rival during the last three seasons.

However the Chippewas hope to take a little success from their head coach into Saturday’s contest.

Central Michigan University has only beaten Western once in its last three tries.  However, John Bonamego won all four games he played against the Broncos as a player in the 1980’s.

"This is personal for me," Bonamego said. "That’s what makes any rivalry special. It’s the people on the other side. It’s a matter of pride, it’s history, it’s tradition, it’s bragging rights, it’s a lot of things. It touches everybody who follows the institution, throughout the state and really across the country."

Saturday’s game is no longer just about bragging rights.  The Broncos are expected to compete for a Mid-American Conference title this season.  CMU beat the defending conference champions to open MAC play last Saturday.  The 29-19 victory against Northern Illinois now puts the Chippewas atop the MAC West standings with Toledo and Ball State.

"It would be huge to win this game," CMU Senior Wide Receiver Jesse Kroll said. "We want this really bad and it showed in practice. We had a really good practice I thought. You can just feel it in the atmosphere we want this one pretty bad."

Kickoff is set for noon at Waldo Stadium in Kalamazoo and we plan to have highlights from the game on 9&10 News at 11 Saturday night.