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September 23, 2009

2009 Season - Football has off week before CCIW begins

Coming off an impressive 31-12 win over the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, the Augustana Vikings head into an off week before starting conference action against the Elmhurst Bluejays at Ericson Field on October 3. Against UW-Platteville, the Vikings rode a 15 minute and 51 second scoring outburst during the second and third quarters that saw them score all 31 of their points. Included in that run was a three minute and 35 second stretch in which they put 17 points on the board.

Augustana was outstanding in all three phases of the game. They produced an efficient 324 total yards (180 rushing, 144 passing) on offense, picked off five UW-Platteville passes and held the Pioneers to just 29 yards on 21 carries defensively, and scored a special teams touchdown for the second week in a row.

Viking sophomore David Lee (Springfield HS, Springfield, Ill.) has continued to develop at the quarterback position. After connecting on a season-high 17-of-26 passes against UW-Platteville for 144 yards, Lee has now thrown for 396 yards on the season while completing 61.3% of his passes. He’s thrown for three touchdowns and has been intercepted just once in 67 attempts. His passer rating stands at 122.6.

As usual, the Viking running game has been very productive. Augustana is averaging 201.0 yards per game on the ground and 4.9 yards a carry. Junior Robert Wood (Rockford Boylan HS, Loves Park, Ill.) has been the leader with 227 yards and three touchdowns while averaging 5.5 yards per carry. In addition to his passing, Lee has proven to be a threat with his legs as well. His 150 yards (5.0 yards per carry) are second on the team. Sophomore speedster A.J. Hoger (Cary-Grove HS, Cary, Ill.) has provided an excellent change of pace at running back and has produced 110 rushing yards and a team-best 6.1 yards per carry. Versatile senior Jake Parke (St. Joseph-Ogden HS, St. Joseph, Ill.), in addition to leading the team in pass receptions, has added 106 yards to the Viking ground game with an average of 5.6 yards per carry and a pair of touchdowns.

Parke has been Lee’s favorite target. His 14 catches lead the team. Senior Matt Downing (Morton HS, Morton, Ill.) has been the best downfield threat, leading the Vikings with 131 yards on eight catches, good for an average of 16.4 yards per reception. Junior Corbett Ball (Buffalo Grove HS, Arlington Heights, Ill.) with seven catches for 63 yards, and senior Henry Deters (Unity HS, Tolono, Ill.) with six catches for 97 yards, have been the other top receiving threats. Like Downing, each has one touchdown catch.

On defense, the Vikings have been especially outstanding against the run in the early going. Through three games, Augustana opponents have managed an average of just 72.3 yards per game and 2.3 yards per carry. They’ve reached the end zone only twice on the ground. Through the air the opposition has been slightly more successful, averaging 201.0 yards per game, but the Vikings have intercepted seven of their opponents’ passes while allowing only two touchdowns.

Individually, senior linebacker Aaron Setchell (Amboy HS, Amboy, Ill.) has spearheaded the Viking defense. He not only leads the team with 23 tackles, but in interceptions with two, and scored a touchdown on a 22-yard fumble return against Greenville. Junior linebacker Brandon Holl (Batavia HS, Batavia, Ill.) is right on Setchell’s heels with 22 tackles, including a team-high three for 18 yards in losses. He’s tied with senior middle guard Jeff Daisy (Thornton Fractional South HS, Lansing, Ill.) for the team lead with 1½ sacks. Senior linebacker Andrew Rosset (Maine West HS, Des Plaines, Ill.) has been terrific as well. Rosset is third on the team in tackles with 17, including two for loss, and came up with huge plays each of the last two weeks, intercepting a pass in the end zone at a key point in the game against Greenville, and blocking a punt against UW-Platteville which he then recovered for a touchdown.

Following the week off, the Vikings return to action on “Family Weekend” October 3 when they’ll open the CCIW portion of the schedule by hosting the Elmhurst Bluejays. Elmhurst is currently 2-0 with wins over Benedictine (Ill.) and Olivet (Mich.) and will be facing the University of Chicago on September 26.

LAST WEEK…..09/19/09 – AUGUSTANA 31, UW-PLATTEVILLE 12

Vikings improve to 2-1 with a 31-12 win over Wisconsin-Platteville

ROCK ISLAND, Illinois – Augustana scored all 31 of its points in just over one quarter of play and cruised to a 31-12 win over the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Pioneers Saturday night at Ericson field. Seventeen of those points came in a crucial three minute and 35 second stretch at the end of the first half and beginning of the second half.

After forcing an Augustana punt on its opening possession, the Pioneers went to work on offense from their own 42-yard line. They painstakingly marched 51 yards in 18 plays, taking 8:39 off the clock before settling for a 24-yard Tony Smidl field goal. The Pioneers successfully converted three fourth-and-one situations on the drive before deciding on the field goal when confronted with a fourth-and-three at the Augustana seven. The Vikings were forced to punt and lost a fumble on their next two possessions, respectively, and the first quarter ended 3-0, Pioneers.

After forcing a Platteville punt early in the second period, Augustana took over on its own 11 and proceeded to march 89 yards in 15 plays for the go-ahead touchdown. Quarterback David Lee (Springfield HS, Springfield, Ill.) completed four passes on the drive and had a key 12-yard keeper as well. Jake Parke (St. Joseph-Ogden HS, St. Joseph, Ill.) capped the drive with a 2-yard run and the Vikings led 7-3 with 7:11 left in the half.

Each team was forced to punt on its next possession and UW-Platteville took over at its own 18 with two minutes left. On the second play of the drive, Augustana’s Aaron Setchell (Amboy HS, Amboy, Ill.) made a diving interception of a Nick Anderson pass setting the Vikings up with great field possession at the Pioneer 30. Augustana made them pay when Lee connected with Henry Deters (Unity HS, Tolono, Ill.) for a 30-yard touchdown pass on the next play, giving the Vikings a 14-3 lead. Platteville then took over at its own 32 with 1:18 left in the half and on the very first play the Vikings came up with another interception. This time it was Mack Gray (Simeon HS, Chicago, Ill.) with the pick, setting the Vikings up at the Platteville 40 with 1:13 left in the half. Eight plays later, Augustana faced a 4 th-and goal at the Pioneer two and decided to take the field goal. Ryan Gibbons (Richwoods HS, Peoria, Ill.) 20-yard kick gave the Vikings a 17-3 halftime lead.

Platteville managed just a negative two yards on its first possession of the second half and were forced to punt from deep in its own territory. The Vikings’ Andrew Rosset (Maine West HS, Des Plaines, Ill.) came around the right end on the play and blocked Zak Brinkman’s punt into the end zone where he was able to fall on it for another Augustana touchdown and a 24-3 lead.

After forcing another Platteville thee-and-out, the Vikings scored on their fourth consecutive possession when Robert Wood (Rockford Boylan HS, Loves Park, Ill.) went 10 yards around left end for a touchdown, capping an eight-play, 57 yard drive and pushing the score to 31-3 with 8:40 left in the third quarter. That score completed a stretch that saw the Vikings score 31 points in 15 minutes and 51 seconds.

Mitch Shadley replaced Anderson at quarterback for the Pioneers and led the team on a scoring drive that culminated with a 19-yard Shadley to Jimmy Spehn touchdown pass on the first play of the fourth quarter. The final score of the night came when Viking punter Alex Schroeder (Batavia HS, Batavia, Ill.) took an intentional safety with 1:08 left to make the final Augustana 31, UW-Platteville 12.

The Vikings were solid in all three phases. They used a balanced offensive attack with 180 yards rushing and 144 passing. Defensively, they allowed just 29 rushing yards to the Pioneers on 21 carries. While Platteville did manage 290 yards through the air, many of those came late with the outcome already decided and Augustana picked off five Pioneer passes. Rosset’s blocked punt highlighted a fine performance by the Viking special teams as well.

Individually, Lee completed 17-of-26 passes for 144 yards and one touchdown. Wood was the leading ground gainer with 78 yards on 18 carries while A.J. Hoger (Cary-Grove HS, Cary, Ill.) added 68 yards on 10 carries. Parke had five catches for 21 yards and Deters had 73 yards on four catches. Defensively, Setchell recorded a team-high 10 tackles in addition to his interception. In addition to Setchell and Gray, Schroeder, Andrew Schweitzer (Wheaton North HS, Wheaton, Ill.) and Aaron Kwasigroch (Carmel HS, Wauconda, Ill.) each had interceptions as well.

The Vikings are off next week and return to action on October 3 when they will host the Elmhurst Bluejays at 1:00 p.m. The weekend of the third will also be “Family Weekend” at Augustana.

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

W, 31-12

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

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 69-27 during his career at Augustana, including the 2-1 mark of this year (2009). Overall, he has a mark of 106-40 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

2

1

.667

0

0

-

Augustana

Augustana Totals

69

27

.719

48

15

.762

 

CAREER

106

40

.726

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

2

1

.667

0

0

-

 

2-1

0-0

0-0

2-0

0-1

CAREER

69

27

.719

48

15

.762

 

23-11

31-7

16-9

39-9

29-18

% - 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

2

2

0

2008 – W (30-0)

2009 – W (42-20)

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

6

3

2000 – W (32-3)

2009 – W (31-12)

Wisconsin-Stevens Point

2

0

2

2002 – L (17-20)

2003 – L (15-19)