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November 11, 2009

2009 Season - Vikings head to Millikin for season finale

After a disappointing end to the home portion of their schedule, the Augustana Vikings hit the road for Decatur, Illinois and a season-ending date with the Millikin Big Blue on Saturday, November 14. The Vikings dropped a 45-26 decision to CCIW co-leader North Central this past Saturday at Ericson Field to fall to 5-4 on the season and 3-3 in conference play.

The loss to North Central occurred despite a school-record 28 pass completions by Augustana sophomore quarterback David Lee (Springfield HS, Springfield, Ill.). The Vikings led 20-17 with 30 seconds left in the first half, but allowed the Cardinals to go 60 yards in just 24 seconds for the go-ahead touchdown just before halftime. Augustana never recovered as North Central dominated the second half, outscoring the Vikings 21-6.

An Augustana win at Millikin this week would secure either a three-way tie for third or a fourth-place CCIW finish, depending on the outcome of the Carthage at Wheaton matchup. The Big Blue comes in with a 6-3 overall record and a 3-3 mark in conference play, good for a fourth-place tie with Augustana and Carthage.

Millikin’s biggest win of the year came at league co-leader Illinois Wesleyan on October 10. The 19-13 Big Blue win ruined the IWU’s homecoming and gave the Titans their only loss to this point of the season. Millikin averages 26.8 points per game offensively while allowing an average of 26.9 on defense.

The Big Blue offense averages 343.0 total yards per game with 146.8 coming via the ground game and 196.2 through the air. Junior running back Dion Wilson has gained 814 yards on 147 carries (5.5 yard per carry) and leads the CCIW in rushing. Sophomore quarterback Luke Hockaday, a transfer from Eastern Illinois, has thrown for 1,515 yards with 15 touchdowns and six interceptions on 125-of-222 completions (56.3 percent). Hockaday has been less effective in conference play, ranking eighth in the league in passing efficiency and connecting on 51.7% of his pass attempts. Junior tight end Will Roth is the leading Big Blue receiver with 36 receptions for 443 yards (12.3 per catch) and three touchdowns. Junior wide receivers Chris Hampton and Derrick Morgan are right behind with 27 and 20 catches, respectively. Hampton has caught six touchdown passes while Morgan averages 17.8 yards a reception. 6-foot-3, 315-pound guard Brian Blomquist was a second team All-CCIW selection a year ago.

Defensively, Millikin has surrendered 227.9 yards a game passing, but just 98.8 per game and 3.0 yards per carry on the ground. Linemen Chase Gruening (8½ tackles for loss and four sacks) and Hector Galvan (eight tackles for loss and 4 ½ sacks) were both second team all-conference picks in 2008. Senior safety Devi Greer leads Millikin with 61 tackles and is second on the team with four interceptions. Sophomore cornerback Cody Acree has been a big playmaker with six interceptions and a fumble recovery. He’s returned those seven takeaways for a total of 219 yards and two touchdowns.

For Augustana, Lee’s 257 passing yards against North Central pushed his season total to 1,292—eighth best in school history with a game to play. His two favorite receivers, seniors Jake Parke (St. Joseph-Ogden HS, St. Joseph, Ill.) and Matt Downing (Morton HS, Morton, Ill.) continue to move up both the single-season and career reception lists as well. Parke has 40 catches this year--good for third in school history--six behind his total from last year and 10 off Paul Ander’s single-season record of 50 in 1968. He’s also third on the career list with 95 receptions, trailing only Ander (107 from 1965-68) and all-time leader Gary Fairchild (113 from 1970-73). Downing, meanwhile, has 30 catches this year and needs just one more to move into the single-season top 10. His 62 career receptions rank seventh on the school’s all-time list.

Junior running back Robert Wood (Rockford Boylan HS, Loves Park, Ill.) has been the Vikings’ top ground gainer all season. He’s run for 628 yards and seven touchdowns with an average of 5.0 yards per carry. He’s currently third in the CCIW in rushing.

North Central’s 45 points and 460 yards on Saturday inflated the Vikings’ defensive numbers a bit, but Augustana has stilled allowed just 17.1 points and 306.9 total yards per game. Opponents have averaged 96.8 yards a game and 3.0 per carry rushing and 210.1 yards per game through the air. Category leaders on defense include Aaron Setchell (Amboy HS, Amboy, Ill.) with 66 tackles, Jeff Daisy (Thornton Fractional South HS, Lansing, Ill.) with eight tackles for loss and five sacks, and Andrew Rosset (Maine West HS, Des Plaines, Ill.) and Alex Schroeder (Batavia HS, Batavia, Ill.) with three interceptions each.

LAST WEEK…..11/07/09 – NORTH CENTRAL 45, AUGUSTANA 26

Despite Lee's record day, Vikings fall

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. – Things were looking up for the Augustana Vikings when they took a 20-17 lead with just 30 seconds left in the first half of Saturday’s game against North Central. However, the Cardinals came right back, going 60 yards in just two plays, capped by a back-breaking 46-yard Aaron Fanthorpe to Steve Hlavac touchdown pass with six seconds left in the half to regain the lead, 24-20. North Central went on to ride the huge momentum swing to a 45-26 win.

The Vikings fell to 5-4 overall and 3-3 in the CCIW despite a school-record 28 completions by quarterback David Lee (Springfield HS, Springfield, Ill.). Lee’s mark surpassed the previous record of 25, set by Ken Anderson against Carroll in 1970.  Eleven of Lee’s completions went to senior Matt Downing (Morton HS, Morton, Ill.), who fell one shy of the school record for receptions in a game. North Central improved to 7-2 overall and 5-1 in conference play.

The Viking defense got things started on the right foot when Ben Hall (University HS, Normal, Ill.) put a big hit on Hlavac to separate him from the ball on the game’s third play from scrimmage. Augustana linebacker Cody Wickenhauser (Tri-Valley HS, Downs, Ill.) came up with the recovery to give the Vikings possession at the Cardinal 48-yard line.

Facing a fourth-and-one at the North Central 39, Augustana lined up in punt formation, but when Viking punter Alex Schroeder (Batavia HS, Batavia, Ill.) saw an opening around left end, he sprinted for the sticks and made it with a yard to spare. North Central was penalized 15 yards for a late hit on the play as well, putting the ball at the Cardinal 22. From there the drive stalled, but Augustana’s Ryan Gibbons (Richwoods HS, Peoria, Ill.) gave the Vikings a 3-0 with a 37-yard field goal.

After forcing a Cardinal three-and-out, the Vikings went back to work, driving from their own 44-yard line to the North Central 25 before the drive again stalled. Gibbons’ 42-yard field goal attempt hit the right upright, but Augustana caught a break when the play was blown dead for delay-of-game. On his second chance, Gibbons’ 47-yarder was on the mark and Augustana led 6-0.

North Central took a 7-6 lead early in the second quarter when Hlavac got behind the Viking secondary and hauled in a 32-yard Fanthorpe toss in the back left corner of the end zone. On Augustana’s second play of the ensuing possession, Josh McLeod picked off an overthrown Lee pass and returned it 38 yards to Augustana’s 10-yard line. Two plays later Phillip Rossberg broke several tackles on his way to a 14-yard touchdown run, bumping the Cardinals’ advantage to 14-6.

The Vikings came right back with Lee guiding them on a nine-play, 68-yard drive that was capped by Lee’s two-yard touchdown run on fourth-and-goal. Gibbons’ point after attempt was no good and the score remained 14-12.

A 27-yard Morgan Sheridan field goal pushed the North Central lead to 17-12 before the Vikings caught a huge break. Forced to punt for the first time with just over a minute-and-a-half left before halftime, Schroeder’s kick was muffed by the Cardinals’ Joe Schneiderbauer. Augustana’s Corbett Ball (Buffalo Grove HS, Arlington Heights, Ill.) made the recovery at the Cardinal 20 and it took the Vikings just four plays to get in the end zone with Lee and Downing connecting on a beautiful fade route for the final eight yards.

Then came the game’s turning point. Taking over at his own 40-yard line with just 30 seconds left in the half, Fanthorpe connected with Hlavac for 14 yards to the Viking 46 and on the next play, found Hlavac again behind the Viking secondary and in the end zone. Sheridan’s point after gave North Central the 24-20 halftime lead.

The Cardinals maintained that momentum into the second half, forcing Augustana to punt on its first two possessions and then getting a 3-yard touchdown run by Rossberg to cap a six-play, 75-yard drive. That made the score 31-20 with 1:10 left in the third quarter and North Central pushed the lead to 38-20 when Fanthorpe hit tight end Kyle Fiedorowicz with a 16-yard touchdown pass at the 7:04 mark of the fourth.

Lee then led Augustana on a 12-play, 83-yard touchdown drive to cut it to 38-26 with 3:31 left. He completed five passes on the drive with the final one going five yards to Downing for the score. The touchdown pass was also Lee’s 26th completion of the game, breaking Anderson’s record.

After recovering Gibbons’ on-side kick, it took North Central just four plays to go 44 yards for the final nail in the Vikings’ coffin. Pat Malek’s one-yard touchdown run accounted for the final score of 45-26.

Fanthorpe returned from an injury in last week’s loss to Illinois Wesleyan to have a huge day. He connected on 19-of-24 passes for 320 yards and three touchdowns. Hlavac was on the receiving end seven times for 166 yards and two of the scores. Rossberg carried 16 times for 113 yards and a touchdown as well.

Lee finished the day with 28 completions in 40 attempts for 257 yards—a new career high for the sophomore. Downing hauled in 11 passes for 135 yards and two touchdowns, leaving him just one off Paul Ander’s school record of 12 receptions set against Luther in 1968. Robert Wood (Rockford Boylan HS, Loves Park, Ill.) ran for 47 yards on 13 carries to lead a Viking rushing attack that produced just 105 yards on the day.

LAST YEAR…..11/15/09–AUGUSTANA 34, MILLIKIN 13

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. – Quarterback Tim Podulka (Elk Grove HS, Elk Grove Village, Ill.) threw for three touchdowns to help lead Augustana to a 34-13 College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin victory over Millikin on Saturday, November 15 at Ericson Field. It was the season finale for both teams and the Vikings finished with a 7-3 overall mark and a 5-2 ledger in the CCIW, good for second place in the league standings. Millikin fell to 3-7 and 1-6.

Podulka completed 13 of 20 passes for 180 yards and he connected on scoring strikes to Jake Parke (St. Joseph-Ogden HS, St. Joseph, Ill.), Jason Kwasigroch (Carmel HS, Wauconda, Ill.) and Henry Deters (Tolono-Unity HS, Tolono, Ill.). He hit Parke with a 25 yard touchdown on the second play of the second quarter and that finished off a seven play, 59 yard drive. Phil Prosia (Mountain Vista HS, Littleton, Colo.) kicked the extra point to make it 7-0.

The Vikings got the ball with 6:05 left in the second quarter on the Millikin 48 after Robert Wood (Rockford Boylan HS, Rockford, Ill.) returned a punt 12 yards. In just six plays Augustana was in the end zone again when Parke scored from a yard out. The extra point was no good and with 3:37 left before intermission the score was 13-0. On the ensuing kickoff Andrew Rosset (Maine West HS, Des Plaines, Ill.) jarred the ball loose from Millikin returner Kody Smith and Rosset fell on the fumble at the Big Blue 17. On the next play Podulka hit a wide open Kwasigroch for a 17 yard score. Josh Galliart (Orion HS, Orion, Ill.) ran for the two point conversion to make it 21-0.

In the second half the Vikings built the lead to 28-0 when Podulka connected with Deters on a 16 yard scoring toss with 3:49 left in the third quarter. Millikin got on the board when quarterback Andy Dicken scored on a one yard run early in the fourth quarter. Augustana answered, however, when backup quarterback Stephen McGough (Moline HS, Moline, Ill.) scored on a three yard run. The scoring closed when Millikin’s Drew Fendrich hit Chad Wolpert with a 30 yard touchdown pass with 2:31 left in the game.

Augustana gained 359 yards of total offense (171 rushing and 188 passing) while holding Millikin to 274 yards (72 rushing and 202 passing). Linebacker Wyatt Brieser (Geneseo HS, Geneseo, Ill.) led Augustana in tackles with 15 (six solo and nine assists) while Eric Meyer (Harlem HS, Machesney Park, Ill.) added 10 (four solo and six assists).

AUGUSTANA-MILLIKIN SERIES RECORD:

SERIES NOTES: Augustana now leads the series 38-30-1 thanks to eight straight wins over the Big Blue...At one time the Big Blue led 24-

15-1 following a 12-8 Millikin victory in 1980... Since then the two teams have met 29 times and Augustana has won 23 of those games...

These two conference powerhouses have won or shared 30 league titles between them...This series began in 1920 with a 7-0 win by the Big

Blue...Millikin won the first three meetings and six of the first seven...The Big Blue did turn the impressive trick of beating the Vikings twice in

one season in 1989 - winning 33-8 in the regular season and 21-12 in the first round of the NCAA Division III playoffs.

YEAR

SCORE (Running Record)

SITE

1920

MIL 7, AUG 0 (0-1)

Away

1921

MIL 28, AUG 0 (0-2)

Home

1922

MIL 18, AUG 0 (0-3)

Away

1923

AUG 3, MIL 2 (1-3)

Home

1924

MIL 20, AUG 0 (1-4)

Away

1925

MIL 20, AUG 7 (1-5)

Home

1926

MIL 34, AUG 0 (1-6)

Away

1936

AUG 7, MIL 0 (2-6)

NA

1937

AUG 7, MIL 0 (3-6)

NA

1948

MIL 7, AUG 0 (3-7)

Away

1950

MIL 20, AUG 0 (3-8)

Home

1951

MIL 12, AUG 7 (3-9)

Away

1953

AUG 32, MIL 14 (4-9)

Home

1954

MIL 31, AUG 6 (4-10)

Away

1955

MIL 27, AUG 12 (4-11)

Home

1956

MIL 30, AUG 26 (4-12)

Away

1957

MIL 14, AUG 6 (4-13)

Home

1958

MIL 20, AUG 6 (4-14)

Away

1959

AUG 14, MIL 12 (5-14)

Home

1960

MIL 38, AUG 14 (5-15)

Away

1961

MIL 39, AUG 7 (5-16)

Home

1962

AUG 14, MIL 13 (6-16)

Away

1963

AUG 19, MIL 14 (7-16)

Home

1964

AUG 17, MIL 14 (8-16)

Away

1965

AUG 7, MIL 7 - tie (8-16-1)

Home

1966

AUG 13, MIL 7 (9-16-1)

Away

1967

AUG 20, MIL 14 (10-16-1)

Home

1968

AUG 26, MIL 6 (11-16-1)

Away

1969

AUG 17, MIL 0 (12-16-1)

Home

1970

MIL 20, AUG 10 (12-17-1)

Away

1971

AUG 20, MIL 0 (13-17-1)

Home

1972

MIL 24, AUG 7 (13-18-1)

Away

1973

AUG 56, MIL 41 (14-18-1)

Home

1974

MIL 35, AUG 28 (14-19-1)

Away

1975

AUG 21, MIL 20 (15-19-1)

Home

1976

MIL 19, AUG 7 (15-20-1)

Away

1977

MIL 17, AUG 14 (15-21-1)

Home

1978

MIL 38, AUG 7 (15-22-1)

Away

1979

MIL 16, AUG 7 (15-23-1)

Home

1980

MIL 12, AUG 8 (15-24-1)

Away

1981

AUG 31, MIL 0 (16-24-1)

Home

1982

AUG 49, MIL 0 (17-24-1)

Away

1983

AUG 35, MIL 14 (18-24-1)

Home

1984

AUG 19, MIL 16 (19-24-1)

Away

1985

AUG 9, MIL 3 (20-24-1)

Home

1986

AUG 12, MIL 2 (21-24-1)

Away

1987

AUG 48, MIL 14 (22-24-1)

Home

1988

AUG 14, MIL 12 (23-24-1)

Away

1989

MIL 33, AUG 8 (23-25-1)

Home

1989

*MIL 21, AUG 12 (23-26-1)

Away

 

* - NCAA Division III Playoffs

 

1990

AUG 17, MIL 12 (24-26-1)

Away

1991

AUG 26, MIL 0 (25-26-1)

Home

1992

AUG 13, MIL 3 (26-26-1)

Away

1993

AUG 54, MIL 30 (27-26-1)

Home

1994

MIL 21, AUG 12 (27-27-1)

Away

1995

AUG 36, MIL 0 (28-27-1)

Home

1996

AUG 27, MIL 0 (29-27-1)

Away

1997

AUG 18, MIL 0 (30-27-1)

Home

1998

MIL 27, AUG 21 (30-28-1)

Away

1999

MIL 20, AUG 7 (30-29-1)

Home

2000

MIL 42, AUG 21 (30-30-1)

Away

2001

AUG 21, MIL 17 (31-30-1)

Home

2002

AUG 41, MIL 14 (32-30-1)

Home

2003

AUG 24, MIL 22 (33-30-1)

Away

2004

AUG 24, MIL 17 (34-30-1)

Home

2005

AUG 23, MIL 0 (35-30-1)

Away

2006

AUG 34, MIL 23 (36-30-1)

Away

2007

AUG 44, MIL 7 (37-30-1)

Home

2008

AUG 34, MIL 13 (38-30-1)

Home