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September 16, 2009

2009 Season - Vikings tangle with UW-Platteville this Saturday

The Augustana Vikings bounced back nicely from a tough season-opening loss at Coe by pasting the Greenville Panthers 42-20 Saturday night at Ericson Field. The win evened Augustana’s record at 1-1 on the young season. The Vikings host the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Pioneers at 6:00 p.m. Saturday, September 19, looking to improve to 2-1 as they head into CCIW action.

Augustana used a 367-yard first half explosion to put up 28 points at the break against Greenville. The Panthers’ offense did very little throughout most of the half but did have two big plays as well as one on special teams to put three scores on the board and keep it close at 28-20 going into halftime. In the second half, both defenses played much better, with Augustana limiting Greenville to just 40 yards and the Panthers allowing the Vikings just 82. Augustana was able to put two touchdowns on the board in the third quarter to make the final 42-20.

Sophomore David Lee (Springfield HS, Springfield, Ill.) appears to have cemented himself as the Vikings’ starting quarterback. He played all but the last series of the Greenville game and had a solid outing, completing 16-of-25 passes for 161 yards and a pair of touchdowns and ran for an additional 83 yards including a 73-yard keeper for a touchdown. Through two games he’s completed 24-of-41 throws (58.5 percent) for 252 yards and two touchdowns with just one interception. Junior running back Robert Wood (Rockford Boylan HS, Loves Park, Ill.) has been the Vikings’ leading ground gainer with 149 yards and two scores on 23 carries for an average of 6.4 yards a carry. Lee has 120 rushing and a 5.5 yard average per carry and Wood’s back up, sophomore A.J. Hoger (Cary-Grove HS, Cary, Ill.) has run for 42 yards and a 5.2 yard average. Versatile senior Jake Parke (St. Joseph-Ogden HS, St. Joseph, Ill.) is not only third on the team in rushing with 102 yards and a 6.8 yards per carry average, but leads the team with nine catches for 48 yards. Senior Matt Downing (Morton HS, Morton, Ill.) and junior Corbett Ball (Buffalo Grove HS, Arlington Heights, Ill.) have been Lee’s other favorite targets. Downing has snared six passes for a team high 112 yards (18.7 yards a catch) and Ball has five catches for 57 yards. Each has one touchdown grab.

With the exception of two big plays allowed against Greenville, the Viking defense has been solid, allowing just 94.0 yards a game and 2.6 per carry through two games. 69 of the 188 rushing yards Augustana has allowed came on one run by Greenville. Through the air, the Vikings’ opponents have had a little more success, having completed 65.3 percent of their passes, but for an average of less than 10 yards per completion and they’ve reached the end zone just once. Individually, junior linebacker Brandon Holl (Batavia HS, Batavia, Ill.) leads the Vikings in total tackles with 18 as well as solos and assists with nine each. His three stops for loss and 1.5 sacks also lead the team. Senior Aaron Setchell (Amboy HS, Amboy, Ill.) is second on the team with 13 total tackles and recorded a pair of takeaways against Greenville with an interception and a fumble recovery which he returned 22 yards for a touchdown.

The UW-Platteville Pioneers will be coming in Saturday with a record of 2-0, having posted both wins against teams from the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. They defeated Buena Vista 15-10 at home in week one and beat Dubuque by a score of 28-20 last Saturday on the road. Coach Mike Emendorfer’s spread offense is led by freshman quarterback Nick Anderson, who’s completed 61.4 percent of his passes for 356 yards through two games, and junior running back Brandon Hertrampf, who leads the Pioneers with 123 rushing yards. Anderson has added 108 rushing yards and averages 6.0 yards a carry. Senior wide out Aunton Terry leads a deep corps of receivers with seven catches for 87 yards and one touchdown. Five other Pioneers have caught at least four passes for 40 yards.

Defensively, the Pioneers are led by senior linebacker Tom Bruins, who has recorded 20 tackles, including 14 of the solo variety and four for loss. As a team Platteville has allowed just 68 yards on 62 rushing attempts through two games and its opponents have completed just 34-of-69 passes for 49.3 percent.

LAST WEEK…..09/12/09 – AUGUSTANA 42, GREENVILLE 20

Augustana evens its record at 1-1 with a 42-20 win over Greenville

ROCK ISLAND, Illinois – Augustana bounced back from a heartbreaking week one road loss at Coe to defeat the Greenville Panthers 42-20 at Ericson Field in Rock Island Saturday night. The Panthers were coming in off an impressive season-opening win at Washington University in a game in which they shut down the Bear offense on the way to a 17-7 win.

In contrast to that game, the Viking offense took control early and often against the Panthers. After Augustana won the opening toss and deferred, Aaron Setchell (Amboy HS, Amboy, Ill.) came up with an interception of an Austin Teer pass on the Panthers’ third play from scrimmage, setting the Vikings up with excellent field position at the Greenville 48-yard line. On the drive’s fifth play, Robert Wood (Rockford Boylan HS, Loves Park, Ill.) burst through the line and went 17 yards for the game’s first score. Ryan Gibbons’ (Richwoods HS, Peoria, Ill.) kick made the score 7-0, Augustana.

The Panthers picked up one first down on their next possession, but then were forced to punt. Taking over on its own 12-yard line, Augustana put together a nine-play, 88-yard drive capped off by a 35-yard David Lee (Springfield HS, Springfield, Ill.) to Corbett Ball (Buffalo Grove HS, Arlington Heights, Ill.) touchdown pass. Gibbons converted the extra point and the Vikings led 14-0 with 4:55 left in the opening quarter. The Viking defense then forced another Panther three-and-out and the offense put together another impressive drive, going 77 yards in 11 plays, but came away empty when Gibbons’ 27-yard field goal attempt went wide right.

The Panther offense, which had done very little to that point, got a lift when Ketrone Banks took an option pitch and went 69 yards down the sideline to cut the lead to 14-6. The point after failed. Augustana responded quickly, however, going 60 yards in just four plays with Wood finishing the drive with a 49-yard touchdown run. Gibbons converted again and the lead was 21-6 with 10:10 left in the half. Greenville used some trickery on its next drive to cut the lead again. Blanks took an end-around pitch and instead of running with it, pulled up and found a wide open Daniel Cunningham behind the Viking secondary for a 60-yard gain to the Augustana 10-yard line. Adonis Brown bulled into the end zone on the next play to make the score 21-12. The score stayed that way when the Vikings got a hand on Reid Ackerman’s extra point attempt.

The Panthers intercepted Lee on Augustana’s next possession, but Andrew Rosset (Maine West HS, Des Plaines, Ill.) picked off a Teer pass in the end zone on the very next play to set the Vikings up at their own 20-yard line. On the third play of the drive, Lee took a keeper 73 yards to the end zone to extend the lead back to 28-12 following Gibbons’ point after. Each team was forced to punt on their next possession and Alex Schroeder (Batavia HS, Batavia, Ill.) appeared to have Greenville pinned down when his kick took Panther return man Edgar Townsend back to his own eight-yard line where he was hemmed in by several Vikings. Somehow, however, Townsend managed to escape and scoot 92 yards down the right sideline to put Greenville on the board again. This time the Panthers were successful on a two-point conversion and the teams went into the half with Augustana leading by a score of 28-20.

After a first half that saw the Vikings pile up 367 total yards, including 260 rushing yards on 23 carries, both defenses stiffened in the second half. The only offensive score came when Lee connected with Matt Downing (Morton HS, Morton, Ill.) for a 32-yard touchdown with 3:01 left in the third quarter, giving the Vikings a 35-20 lead. The final score of the night came when Greenville punter Jeremy Burrows mishandled a snap and Setchell scooped it up and went 22 yards for the touchdown with 1:14 left in the third quarter.

After struggling offensively versus Coe in week one, the Vikings put together a solid performance against Greenville. They finished the game with 288 yards on 40 rushing attempts led by Wood’s 105 yards on 12 carries. Lee added another 161 yards through the air with 16 completions in 25 attempts. Despite allowing the two big plays, the Viking defense played well also, allowing just 226 total yards and forcing three turnovers.

Augustana returns to action next Saturday, September 19 at Ericson Field in Rock Island when they’ll take on the Wisconsin-Platteville Pioneers at 6:00 p.m.

UW-PLATTEVILLE LAST WEEK:

DUBUQUE, Iowa – The Pioneers jumped out to a 28-7 lead after three quarters and survived a pair of fourth quarter scores by Dubuque to defeat the Spartans 28-20. Freshman quarterback Nick Anderson was extremely efficient in the win, completing 11-of-14 passes for 120 yards and rushing for an additional 94 yards on 13 carries. Brandon Hertrampf added 87 rushing yards and the Pioneer defense gave up just 51 yards on the ground.

2009 AUGUSTANA VIKINGS FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

DATE

OPPONENT

SITE

TIME

September 5

Coe

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

L, 9-7

September 12

Greenville

HOME

W, 42-20

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

09/27/08 – UW-PLATTEVILLE 13, AUGUSTANA 9

Vikings fall suffer first defeat of 2008 season in 13-9 defensive struggle at Platteville

PLATTEVILLE, Wisconsin – In a defensive struggle, the Augustana Vikings fell from the ranks of the undefeated by a score of 13-9 at Wisconsin-Platteville in the final non-conference game of the 2008 season. After allowing scores (two field goals and a touchdown) on the Pioneers first three possessions of the contest, Augustana’s defense caught it rhythm Over the final seven possessions of the game the Viking defenders gave up a total of 71 yards of offense on 34 plays.

It didn’t look so bright at the beginning as Platteville scored on its first possession when Tony Smidl kicked a 39 yard field goal to give the Pioneers a 3-0 lead midway through the first quarter (6:30). The drive was set up when Augustana punter Andy Klink (McHenry East HS, McHenry, Ill.) was intercepted at the Platteville 42 by Eric Jensen on the Vikings’ first possession of the game. Jensen returned the ball five yards to the 47 and the Pioneers drove to the 22 before they were forced to kick a field goal.

Augustana came right back and put together a 12 play, 72 yard drive that ended when Jake Parke (St. Joseph-Ogden HS, St. Joseph, Ill.) scored on a one yard run. The big play in the drive was a 26 yard completion by quarterback Tim Podulka (Elk Grove HS, Elk Grove Village, Ill.) to Parke on a third and 12 situation. Phil Prosia (Mountain Vista HS, Littleton, Col.) kicked the extra point to give the Vikings a 7-3 lead just two seconds into the second quarter.

Platteville answered with its only long drive of the game, going 68 yards in 12 plays with quarterback Mitch Shadley hitting Nick Grosso from 12 yards away for the touchdown. Smidl’s extra point made it 10-7 with 5:41 left before halftime.

When Augustana got the ball back the offense couldn’t gain a first down and a short punt went out of bounds at the Viking 46. Platteville moved to the 14 before the defense stiffened again and Smidl kicked a 31 yard field goal to make it 13-7 with 4:07 left before intermission.

In the second half the Vikings drove inside the host’s 26 yard line three times but came up empty on each occasion. The first time the drive ended at the 26 on downs and the second one resulted in a missed 32 yard field goal by Prosia. The third time that Augustana threatened was late in the game when the Vikings got to the 13 with less than two minutes to go only to have a fumble thwart the threat.

Wisconsin-Platteville took a safety with :14 left to account for the final score.

Augustana moved the ball on offense, gaining a total of 349 yards (202 passing and 147 rushing) but was unable to translate that into points. Podulka connected on 22 of 31 passing for 202 yards with Henry Deters (Tolono-Unity HS, Tolono, Ill.) catching five of those balls for 65 yards. Parke had five catches for 48 yards and Josh Galliart (Orion HS, Orion, Ill.) also had five receptions for 26 yards. The Vikings also picked up 147 yards on the ground with Galliart leading the way with 77 yards on 17 attempts.

The Augustana defense gave up just 218 yards of total offense (81 rushing and 137 passing) with 147 of those yards coming in the Pioneers’ first three possessions. The Vikings held Platteville to just three of 14 on third down conversions. Senior safety Brad Monier (Bureau Valley HS, Walnut, Ill.) led the team in tackles with eight while Jake Snider (Triad HS, Troy, Ill.) and Preston Jones (Bureau Valley HS, Sheffield, Ill.) each had seven. Augustana sacked Shadley twice and had six tackles for loss in the game.

With the loss the Vikings fall to 2-1 on the season while Platteville moves to 2-1. It also denied Augustana head coach his 100 th collegiate coaching victory.

THE SERIES….AUGUSTANA vs. UW-PLATTEVILLE (Augustana leads 8-4)

THE SERIES:

YEAR SCORE (Running Record) SITE

1994 Augustana 34, UWP 24 (1-0) Home

1995 UWP 24, Augustana 21 (1-1) Away

1998 Augustana 16, UWP 14 (2-1) Away

1999 Augustana 31, UWP 6 (3-1) Home

2000 Augustana 32, UWP 3 (4-1) Away

2001 Augustana 23, UWP 0 (5-1) Home

2002 Cancelled Away

2003 Augustana 27, UWP 26 (6-1) Home

2004 UWP 25, Augustana 23 (6-2) Away

2005 Augustana 45, UWP 14 (7-2) Home

2006 UWP 24, Augustana 7 (7-3) Away

2007 Augustana 34, UWP 24 (8-3) Home

2008 UWP 13, Augustana 9 (8-4) Away  

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 68-27 during his career at Augustana, including the 1-1 mark of this year (2009). Overall, he has a mark of 105-40 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

1

1

.500

0

0

-

Augustana

Augustana Totals

68

27

.716

48

15

.762

 

CAREER

105

40

.724

77

25

.755