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September 10, 2009

2009 Season - Football set for home opener with Greenville

As the Vikings head into week two action against the Greenville Panthers, they will be looking to shake off a heartbreaking 9-7 loss to Coe in week one. Today’s opponent will be coming in off an impressive 17-7 win on the road at Washington University in St. Louis last Saturday. The Panthers used a very balanced ground game and got a stout defensive effort in moving to 1-0 on the season.

In last Saturday’s game in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the Augustana offense struggled to move the ball early and the Viking defense gave up a Coe touchdown late in the first quarter, capping a 10-play, 77-yard drive. The Kohawks mishandled the extra point attempt, leaving the score at 6-0. The Viking defense settled in after that and the score remained 6-0 until late in the third quarter when senior Jake Parke (St. Joseph-Ogden HS, St. Joseph, Ill.) capped an 11-play, 79-yard drive with a six-yard touchdown run. The point after gave Augustana its first lead, 7-6.

Coe responded with an 11-play drive of its own, this one covering 65 yards and culminating in a 26-yard Elliot Rausa field goal, giving Coe a 9-7 lead with 11:52 remaining in the game. The teams then traded a pair of scoreless possessions each with the Vikings slowly winning the field position battle and eventually taking over at the Coe 38 after a Kohawk punt with just less than three minutes left. Augustana proceeded to drive to the Coe six-yard line, keyed by a crucial 23-yard, 4th-down-and-six completion from sophomore quarterback David Lee (Springfield HS, Springfield, Ill.) to senior end Matt Downing (Morton HS, Morton, Ill.). With six seconds remaining, the Vikings lined up for a potential game-winning 23-yard field goal. However, the snap was errant on the play and Coe eventually recovered the loose ball with one second left to secure the win.

For the game, the Viking defense allowed just 275 total yards, and only 68 on the ground in 33 attempts. Offensively, the ground game was led by junior Robert Wood (Rockford Boylan HS, Loves Park, Ill.), who had 44 yards on 11 carries, and Parke, who added 40 yards on seven attempts and the lone Viking touchdown. Lee replaced sophomore David Venegoni (Carmel HS, Gurnee, Ill.) at quarterback in the second quarter and went on to finish 8-of-16 passing for 91 yards. He added 37 yards on 10 rushing attempts as well. Downing led the receiving corps with four catches for 71 yards with junior Corbett Ball (Buffalo Grove HS, Arlington Heights, Ill.) snaring three receptions.

GREENVILLE LAST WEEK:

ST. LOUIS, Missouri - The Panthers defeated the Bears of Washington University last Saturday by a score of 17-7. Greenville used a stable of running backs to pile up 209 yards on the ground and its defense held the homestanding Bears to just 167 total yards, including a meager 43 on the ground.

THE SERIES: This will be just the second meeting between the two teams, with Augustana capturing a 30-0 win last year at Ericson Field.

SEASON OPENERS: Saturday’s loss drops Augustana’s all-time record in season-openers to 57-36-2. Coach Jim Barnes, in his 10th season at his alma mater, is now 6-4 in season openers with wins over Eureka (40-6 in 2000 and 50-7 in 2001), Central of Iowa (38-7 in 2004), MacMurray (53-7 in 2006 and 65-0 in 2007) and Coe (21-6 in 2008). His losses have come versus Wisconsin-Stevens Point (20-17 in 2002 and 19-15 in 2003), Central of Iowa (25-24 in overtime in 2005), and Coe 9-7 in 2009.

COACH BARNES IN HOME OPENERS: Barnes heads into his 10th home opener having gone 6-3 in the previous nine. He has wins over Eureka in 2000 (40-6), Wisconsin-Platteville in 2001 (23-0), Central of Iowa in 2002 (34-14), Upper Iowa in 2004 (29-28), MacMurray in 2007 (65-0) and Coe in 2008 (21-6). His losses have come to Wisconsin Stevens Point in 2003 (19-15), Central of Iowa in 2005 (25-24, OT) and Baldwin-Wallace in 2006 (17-7). Overall the Vikings are 36-9 at home under Coach Barnes.

NIGHT GAMES UNDER COACH BARNES: The Vikings have played 14 games night games during Coach Barnes’ tenure. Augustana is 8-6 overall during that time. Augustana began playing under the lights at Ericson Field in the 2004 season and have gone 4-1 in five home night games. The team went 4-1 under the lights during the 2008 season with wins at home versus Coe (21-6) and Greenville (30-0), a home loss to Wisconsin-Platteville (13-9) and wins in both of its road night games at Illinois Wesleyan (21-13) and Carthage (40-16).

ROB CUSHMAN’S CREW: Hired at the beginning of last season, defensive coordinator Rob Cushman has shored up the Viking defense. Over the course of his first 11 games, Augustana has allowed an average of just 13.0 points per game. The yardage figures are impressive as well—an average of 298.3 total yards per game. Cushman’s defenses have been particularly tough against the run, allowing an average of 90.6 yards per game and just 2.98 per carry.

WEEK TWO IMPROVEMENT: After producing just 237 yards and seven points Saturday, the Vikings are hoping for the same offensive improvement they got last season from week one to week two. In 2008 week one versus Coe, Augustana produced just 192 total yards (152 rushing, 40 passing) in a 21-6 win, but followed that up with a 449-yard (289 rushing, 160 passing) outburst in a 30-0 win over Greenville in week two.

OPENING WEEK OFFENSIVE TRENDS: Despite Augustana’s week one offensive struggles, the Vikings have averaged 33 points per game in season openers under Coach Jim Barnes. Over the last eight seasons, the team has averaged 280.3 yards on the ground and 335.8 total yards in season openers. Their production has varied greatly in those games, from a low of 188 total yards versus Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 2003 to a 549-yard (538 on the ground) explosion versus MacMurray in a 65-0 win in 2007.

BOUNCING BACK: As the Vikings try to bounce back from the loss to Coe, they’ll be hoping to follow a trend. Coach Barnes’ teams at Augustana have recovered to win 18 of 26 games following losses. His record is 15-5 after losses in the same season.

2009 AUGUSTANA VIKINGS FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

DATE

OPPONENT

SITE

TIME

September 5

Coe

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

L, 9-7

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……09/13/08 – AUGUSTANA 30, GREENVILLE 0

Second half efficiency on offense keys 30-0 victory over Greenville

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. – An extremely efficient offensive performance in the second half led the way as Augustana defeated, Greenville 30-0 in non-conference football action on Saturday, September 13 under the lights at Ericson Field. Clinging to a 6-0 halftime lead, the Vikings scored on their first four possessions of the second half with three touchdowns and one field goal. The fifth, and final, drive of the second half ended when the clock ran out with the ball on Panther 12.

Senior quarterback Tim Podulka (Elk Grove HS, Elk Grove Village, Ill.) was extremely effective at the controls of the offense, especially in the second half. He ended the game with 135 yards passing on 15 of 18 with one interception and he led the team in rushing with 90 yards on 10 attempts. As a team Augustana piled up 449 yards of total offense (289 rushing and 160 passing) with 289 of those total offense yards coming in the second half.

The Vikings sputtered on their first two drives of the game before getting the ball on their own 22 with 10:03 left in the second quarter. A 25 yard pass from Podulka to Jake Parke (St. Joseph-Ogden HS, St. Joseph, Ill.) on the second play of the drive got things started and eventually Andy Klink (McHenry East HS, McHenry, Ill.) hit pay dirt with a five yard touchdown run with 5:00 left before halftime. Ryan Gibbons (Peoria Richwoods HS, Peoria, Ill.) missed the extra point and the score was 6-0.

Greenville drove down the field and went 58 yards on 14 plays before senior cornerback Billy Lynch (Loyola Academy, Chicago, Ill.) intercepted Greenville quarterback Dominic Kegel’s pass in the end zone with just 18 seconds left before intermission.

The second half belonged to Augustana as the Viking defense limited the visitors to just 54 yards and only 13 offensive plays in the final 30 minutes. On the flip side, the Augustana defense kicked things into high gear, starting with the opening kickoff. Klink scored his second touchdown of the night, this time on a one yard run to cap a 61 yard, 10 play drive. Gibbons drilled the extra point and the Vikings led 13-0 with 9:51 left in the third quarter.

Parke scored on an eight yard run with 2:38 left in the third to make it 20-0 and put the finishing touches on an eight play, 70 yard drive. Sophomore quarterback Stephen McGough (Moline HS, Moline, Ill.) tallied on a one yard quarterback sneak early in the fourth quarter (9:20 left) and that made it 27-0 after Gibbons’ extra point. On the ensuing kickoff by the Vikings Phil Prosia (Mountain Vista HS, Littleton, Colorado) the ball landed at the Greenville 24 and was recovered by Augustana. The Vikings drove to the three and on fourth and one Gibbons kicked a 20 yard field goal to account for the final score of 30-0.

Augustana held the ball for 23:29 of the second half compared to just 6:31 for Greenville. The Vikings forced three fumbles and intercepted two passes and allowed the Panthers just 195 yards of total offense (130 rushing and 65 passing). Eric Meyer (Harlem HS, Machesney Park, Ill.) led the team in tackles for the second consecutive week with 10 (eight solo and two assists) while senior cornerback Billy Lynch (Loyola Academy, Chicago, Ill.) had seven tackles (six solos and one assist) with a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and an interception.

While Podulka led the ground game with 90 yards, senior Josh Galliart (Orion HS, Orion, Ill.) pitched in with 70 yards on 15 carries and Parke added 42 on five. A total of eight different Augustana players caught passes with Parke leading the way with five receptions for 47 yards and Matt Downing (Morton HS, Morton, Ill.) had four for 44.

Kagel led the Greenville offense with 53 yards rushing and 65 yards passing on eight of 18 with two interceptions.

Augustana is now 2-0 on the season while Greenville falls to 0-2. The Vikings will now have a week off before heading to Platteville, Wisconsin on Saturday, September 27 to take on the UW-Platteville Pioneers in a 6:00 p.m. contest.

THE SERIES….AUGUSTANA vs. GREENVILLE (Augustana leads 1-0)

This will be just the second meeting between Augustana and Greenville. The Vikings hold a 1-0 lead in the series by virtue of a 30-0 win at Ericson Field on September 13, 2008.

YEAR

RESULT

RUNNING RECORD

2008

Augustana 30, Greenville 0

1-0

HEAD COACH JIM BARNES

Jim Barnes completed his ninth season as the head coach at his alma mater (class of 1981) in 2008. He has compiled a record of 67-27 during his career at Augustana, including the 0-1 mark of this year (2009). Overall, he has a mark of 104-40 in 15 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 48-15 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

2009

0

1

.000

0

0

-

Augustana

Augustana Totals

67

27

.713

48

15

.762

 

CAREER

104

40

.722

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

2009

0

1

.000

0

0

-

 

0-1

0-0

0-0

0-0

0-0

CAREER

67

27

.713

48

15

.762

 

20-11

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

2

1

1

2008 – W (21-6)

2009 – L (7-9)

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)