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September 1, 2009

2009 Season - Football set to open 2009 at Coe

After spending three weeks in pre-season and sifting through a roster with over 150 players, veteran Augustana head coach Jim Barnes is anxious to get the 2009 football season under way. Barnes will get his wish this Saturday, September 5 when the Vikings will travel to Cedar Rapids, Iowa to take on the Coe Kohawks at 1:00 p.m. This will be the 10 th season for Barnes at his alma mater and he welcomes back 48 letter winners from a team that went 7-3 overall and 5-2 in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin. Of those 48 letter winners, a total of 13 were starters at one time or another last year.

Barnes has had a successful tenure at his alma mater and he comes into the 2009 campaign with a record of 67-26 (.720) overall with the Vikings and 48-15 (.762) in the CCIW. Prior to coming to Augustana he was the head coach at the College of Wooster for five seasons and he was 37-13 (.740) overall and 29-10 (.744) in the North Coast Conference). He has an overall head coaching record at the collegiate level of 104-39 (.727).

His team will be looking to get off to a good start in the 2009 season against a Coe squad that went 4-6 overall in 2008. The Kohawks, who are led by second year head coach Steve Staker, picked up all four of their wins last year on the road in conference play. A defense that gave the Vikings fit in the season opener a year ago appears to be the strength of the Coe team. Senior linebacker Tate Harrison was a pre-season NCAA Division III All-American according to D3football.com. Harrison tied the Coe school record a year ago with 120 tackles. Fellow senior linebacker Calvin Thomas also had 120 tackles was a third team all-West Regional performer. The third linebacker on the Kohawk defense will be Ross Yeast who was third on the team with 77 tackles last year.

Staker is looking at replacing all five of his starting offensive linemen but senior running back Sam Hammes is back after rushing for 870 yards with five touchdowns. Brad Boyle and Patrick Wallace have been waging a battle in the preseason at quarterback and each player started two games a year ago. The top five players in terms of pass receiving yardage return for the Kohawks, led by junior Nick Ratchford. Junior kicker Elliot Rausa has 10 career field goals and is on the nomination list for the Fred Mitchell Award, which is given annually to the best kicker in NCAA Division III.

Last year the two teams hooked up in the season opener and Augustana pulled out a 21-6 victory under the lights at Ericson Field. In that game the Vikings went away from their spread offense in the second half and reverted back to the old wing-T to move the football. Jake Parke (St. Joseph-Ogden HS, St. Joseph, Ill.) scored all three touchdowns for Augustana.

The Vikings are now well entrenched in the spread offense although the question of who will be the starting quarterback is still up in the air. A trio of sophomores: Kyle Hundman (Bloomington Central Catholic HS, Bloomington, Ill.), David Lee (Springfield HS, Springfield, Ill.) and David Venegoni (Carmel Catholic HS, Gurnee, Ill.) have waged a battle for the position all through the training camp.

CATCHING ON: Parke had a tremendous season in 2008 in the slotback position and he led the team in receiving with 46 catches for 413 yards and two touchdowns. He rushed for 345 yards on 62 attempts and scored 10 times. He led the team in scoring with 72 points and his 46 receptions moved him to second place on the school’s single season list.

STATISTICAL LEADERS: Last year the Vikings finished the campaign with the seventh best scoring defense in NCAA Division III as they allowed just 13.4 points per game…Augustana led the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin in four team categories: scoring defense (16.4 ppg – 115 in seven league games), rushing defense (208.3 ypg – 1,458 yards in seven games), sacks allowed (1.14 with eight in seven league games) and time of possession (31:37 to 28:23).

OFFENSIVE BALANCE: With the move to the spread offense the Augustana numbers shifted considerably from those of the past 30 years…The Vikings averaged 29.1 points per game and 370.3 yards of total offense…However, the rushing average was 204.6 and the passing yards per game shot up to 165.7.

LEADING TACKLER: Senior linebacker Eric Meyer (Harlem HS, Machesney Park, Ill.) led the team in tackles last year with 79 (54 solo and 25 assists).

SEASON OPENERS: Jim Barnes is 6-3 in season openers since coming to Augustana prior to the 2000 season…The Vikings have won their last three season openers, beating MacMurray 53-7 in 2006 and 65-0 in 2007 and defeating the Kohawks 21-6 last fall…The last Augustana loss in a season opener came in 2005 by a score of 25-24 in overtime to Central of Iowa.

STREAK: Augustana has put together a streak of 30 straight seasons without a losing record…The last time the Vikings had a losing record was in 1978 when they went 4-5 in the last year of Ben Newcomb’s tenure…They were 5-5 in 2007 or else it would be 30 straight winning seasons.

HAPPY BUS RIDES HOME: Coe can point to a strange statistic from last year…The Kohawks played four conference road games and won them all…They won at Cornell (35-14 on September 20), Simpson (20-17 on October 4), Luther (22-19 on October 25) and Dubuque (32-14 on November 15).

CONSISTENT ON DEFENSE: Last year was the first season for Rob Cushman as the Augustana defensive coordinator and the Vikings caught on to his schemes very quickly…Only two opponents (Wheaton on October 11 and North Central on November 8) gained over 200 yards rushing…Seven times during the year Augustana held opponents under the 100 yard mark with Elmhurst gaining just 26 on October 4 and North Park only able to generate 31 on November 1…Augustana held eight of the 10 foes on the schedule under 20 points.

PICKING UP STEAM: The Vikings went to the spread offense full-time in 2008 and, predictably, it took a while for the system to work smoothly…The numbers certainly don’t appear to lie on this one…In the first five games of the year Augustana was 3-2 and averaged 23.2 points and 330.2 yards per game of total offense…In the last five games of the season the scoring average rose to 35.0 and the total offense number went to 410.4 yards per game.

STARTING AND FINISHING WITH A BANG: In the first quarter of games in 2008 the Vikings outscored their opponents 83-29 and in the fourth quarter they had a 92-25 advantage.

2009 AUGUSTANA VIKINGS FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

 

DATE

OPPONENT

SITE

TIME

September 5

Coe

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

1:00 p.m.

September 12

Greenville

HOME

6:00 p.m.

September 19

Wisconsin-Platteville

HOME

6:00 p.m.

October 3

*Elmhurst

HOME

1:00 p.m.

 

Family Weekend

 

 

October 10

*Wheaton

Wheaton, Illinois

1:00 p.m.

October 17

*Illinois Wesleyan

HOME

1:00 p.m.

 

Homecoming

 

 

October 24

*Carthage

HOME

6:00 p.m.

October 31

*North Park

Chicago, Illinois

1:00 p.m.

November 7

*North Central

HOME

1:00 p.m.

November 14

*Millikin

Decatur, Illinois

1:00 p.m.

 

  • - College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin game

LAST YEAR……09/06/08 – AUGUSTANA 21, COE 6

Strong defense and three touchdowns by Jake Parke help lead Augustana to 21-6 victory over Coe in season opener

ROCK ISLAND, Illinois – Junior Jake Parke (St. Joseph-Ogden HS, St. Joseph, Ill.) didn’t gain a lot of yards but he found the end three times and the defense forced four turnovers as Augustana defeated Coe 21-6 in the 2008 season opener for both teams on Saturday, September 6 under the lights at Ericson Field. Parke only gained 15 yards on nine rushing attempts but he scored on runs of five, one and one and senior Ryan Gibbons (Peoria Richwoods HS, Peoria, Ill.) booted three extra points as the Vikings defeated a KoHawk team that was 7-3 a year ago and is one of the pre-season favorites in the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

The defense, which is under the direction of first year coordinator Rob Cushman, allowed just 64 yards rushing on 26 attempts and sacked Coe quarterback CJ Feller three times for 22 yards. The KoHawks did throw for 201 yards but only scored once in the game and that came after an Augustana turnover put the ball on the six yard line.

Parke’s first touchdown came with 5:07 left in the first quarter and it capped a seven play, 61 yard drive. The Viking defense had turned Coe away on a fourth and one play at the Augustana 38 when Feller was thrown for a one yard loss by linebackers Eric Meyer (Harlem HS, Machesney Park, Ill.) and Danny Hilby (Chatham Glenwood HS, Chatham, Ill.). Henry Deter’s (Tolono Unity HS, Tolono, Ill.) 36 yard dash to the five set up Parke’s score.

Coe tied the ballgame with :40 left in the first quarter. Tom Breitbach intercepted Viking quarterback Tim Podulka (Elk Grove HS, Elk Grove Village, Ill.) at the 18 and returned it 12 yards to the six. On the next play Sam Hammes ran it in for a six yard touchdown. The extra point attempt failed and Augustana held a 7-6 lead. Midway through the second quarter Park returned Cody Kriegel’s punt 44 yards to the six and three plays later he scored from the one yard line to make it 14-6.

With the score 14-6 heading into the second half, Augustana was fighting a losing battle in the field position department, starting back-to-back drives its own two yard line. The defense held Coe at bay however and sophomore John Mago (Cary Grove HS, Cary, Ill.) came up with a big play early in the fourth quarter. The Kohawks had drive to the Viking 24 and had first and 10. After an illegal procedure penalty placed the ball back on the 29, Mago stepped in front of Feller’s pass at the 23 to end the drive.

That gave Augustana the ball on its own 23 with 13:01 left and clinging precariously to a 14-6 lead. The Vikings drove to midfield before the drive stalled and Andy Klink (McHenry East HS, McHenry, Ill.) was called on to punt. His put was fumbled at the Coe 16 and Deters eventually recovered the loose ball at the 20 with 7:11 remaining. It took six plays to travel the 20 yards but Parke scored for the third time on the evening, this time from a yard out, to make it 21-6. There was just 3:26 left on the clock when Parke hit paydirt.

On the ensuing drive, any Coe hopes ended when Jake Snider (Troy Triad HS, Troy, Ill.) came up with one sack of Feller and Hilby and Preston Jones (Bureau Valley HS, Sheffield, Ill.) combined on another. The Vikings were outgained in total offense by a count of 265 to 192 but did manage to dust off the running game to the tune of 152 yards, with Deters leading the way with 54 yards on just eight carries. Josh Galliart (Orion HS, Orion, Ill.) had 46 yards on 18 attempts. Hammes led the Coe rushing game with 79 yards on 17 tries. Senior cornerback Billy Lynch (Loyola Academy, Chicago, Ill.) and Meyer combined for the team lead in tackles with 10 each and the Augustana offense did manage to control the clock for 34:50 compared to 25:10 for Coe.

THE SERIES….AUGUSTANA vs. COE (Coe leads 3-2)

Coe and Augustana will be meeting for the sixth time on the football field and the Kohawks hold a 3-2 edge..The first meeting was in 1903 with Coe winning 6-0…A year, 1904, later the Vikings picked up a 22-0 victory…Coe won in 1945 (27-0) and 1946 (7-6)…The two teams did not meet again until last year when Augustana defeated the Kohawks 21-6 in the season opener of the 2008 season.

YEAR

RESULT

RUNNING RECORD

1903

Coe 6, Augustana 0

0-1

1904

Augustana 22, Coe 0

1-1

1945

Coe 27, Augustana 0

1-2

1946

Coe 7, Augustana 6

1-3

2008

Augustana 21, Coe 6

2-1

HEAD COACH JIM BARNES

Jim Barnes completed his eighth season as the head coach at his alma mater (class of 1981) in 2007. He has compiled a record of 66-26 during his career, including the 6-3 mark of this year (2008). Overall, he has a mark of 103-39 in 14 years as a college head coach and that includes a 37-13 record at College of Wooster from 1995-99. During his years at Augustana his teams have gone 47-15 in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin with league titles in 2001, 2005 and 2006. The Vikings have participated in the NCAA Division III national playoffs in 2001 and 2005.  

BARNES’ RECORD AS HEAD COACH

OVERALL CONFERENCE

YEAR

WON

LOSS

.PCT

WON

LOSS

.PCT

SCHOOL

 

 

 

 

North Coast Conference

1995

5

5

.500

5

3

.625

Wooster

1996

7

3

.700

6

2

.750

Wooster

1997

9

1

.900

7

1

.875

Wooster

1998

8

2

.800

6

2

.750

Wooster

1999

8

2

.800

5

2

.714

Wooster

Wooster Totals

37

13

.740

29

10

.744

 

 

 

 

 

College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin

2000

7

3

.700

4

3

.571

Augustana

2001

10

2

.833

6

1

.857

Augustana

2002

7

2

.777

6

1

.857

Augustana

2003

7

3

.700

6

1

.857

Augustana

2004

7

3

.700

5

2

.714

Augustana

2005

10

2

.833

7

0

1.000

Augustana

2006

7

3

.700

6

1

.857

Augustana

2007

5

5

.500

3

4

.429

Augustana

2008

7

3

.700

5

2

.714

Augustana

Augustana Totals

67

26

.720

48

15

.762

 

CAREER

104

39

.727

77

25

.755

 

 

JIM BARNES BY THE NUMBERS: Hereis a closer look at Jim Barnes’ record at Augustana College.

 

OVERALL

 

 

CCIW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

YR

W

L

.PCT

W

L

.PCT

FINISH

SEP

OCT

NOV

H

A

2000

7

3

.700

4

3

.571

4 th

4-0

2-2

1-1

3-2

4-1

2001#

10

2

.833

6

1

.857

1 st

4-0

4-0

2-2

6-0

4-2

2002%

7

2

.777

6

1

.857

2 nd

1-1

4-0

2-1

4-0

3-2

2003

7

3

.700

6

1

.857

2 nd

1-2

4-0

2-1

4-2

3-1

2004

7

3

.700

5

2

.714

3 rd

2-1

5-0

0-2

3-1

4-2

2005#

10

2

.833

7

0

1.000

1 st

2-1

5-0

3-1

6-1

4-1

2006

7

3

.700

6

1

.857

1 st

2-2

3-1

2-0

4-1

3-2

2007

5

5

.500

3

4

.429

5 th

2-2

1-3

2-0

4-1

1-4

2008

7

3

.700

5

2

.714

2 nd

2-1

3-1

2-1

4-1

3-2

CAREER

67

26

.720

48

15

.762

 

20-10

31-7

16-9

36-9

29-17

% - In the 2002 season the Vikings were leading Wisconsin-Platteville 21-14 in the third quarter when the game was cancelled due to lightning. # - In 2001 the Vikings were 1-1 in the NCAA playoffs and in 2005 they again went 1-1 in the NCAA playoffs.

BARNES AGAINST THE OPPOSITION

TEAM

GAMES

W

L

FIRST MEETING

LAST MEETING

Baldwin-Wallace

2

0

2

2006 – L (7-17)

2007 – L (8-24)

Carthage

9

8

1

2000 – W (23-14)

2008 – W (40-16)

Catholic

1

1

0

2005 – W (52-26)

 

Central of Iowa

4

2

2

2002 – W (34-14)

2005 – L (24-25)

Coe

1

1

0

2008 – W (21-6)

 

Defiance

1

1

0

2001 – W (54-14)

 

Elmhurst

9

9

0

2000 – W (49-31)

2008 – W (42-6)

Eureka

2

2

0

2000 – W (40-6)

2001 – W (50-7)

Greenville

1

1

0

2008 – W (30-0)

 

Illinois Wesleyan

9

7

2

2000 – L (16-20)

2008 – W (21-13)

Lakeland

1

1

0

2005 – W (49-22)

 

Macmurray

2

2

0

2006 – W (53-7)

2007 – W (65-0)

Millikin

9

8

1

2000 – L (21-42)

2008 – W (34-13)

Mount Union

2

0

2

2001 – L (7-32)

2005 – L (7-44)

North Central

9

5

4

2000 – W (31-8)

2008 – L (28-41)

North Park

9

9

0

2000 – W (36-14)

2008 – W (52-0)

Upper Iowa

1

1

0

2004 – W (29-28)

 

Wheaton

9

2

7

2000 – L (30-37 2OT)

2008 – L (14-26)

Wisconsin Lutheran

2

2

0

2000 – W (64-3)

2001 – W (69-19)

Wisconsin-Platteville

8

5

3

2000 – W (32-3)

2008 – L (9-13)

Wisconsin-Stevens Point

2

0

2

2002 – L (17-20)

2003 – L (15-19)