November 6, 2010
2010 Season - Ball, Lee set school records in loss at Elmhurst
|Corbett Ball tied the Augustana single-game record with 12 pass receptions Saturday in a 35-21 loss at Elmhurst. He also became the school's single-season record holder with 56 catches.|
ELMHURST, Ill.-Despite school record performances from junior quarterback David Lee (Springfield HS, Springfield, Ill.) and senior wide receiver Corbett Ball (Buffalo Grove HS, Arlington Heights, Ill.), Augustana dropped a 35-21 decision at Elmhurst on Saturday, November 6. Lee knocked off two more of Ken Anderson's school records and Ball became the school's single season receiving leader when the smoke cleared at Langhorst Field.
Lee completed 27 of 42 passing attempts for 272 yards and one touchdown. He now has 2,282 yards this year with one game left to play and he erased Anderson's previous record of 2,117 yards set in 1968. Lee is also the new school record holder for total offense with 2,498 yards, breaking Anderson's mark of 2,327, also set in 1968.
Ball caught 12 passes on the day for 103 yards, tying Paul Ander's single game mark. Ball now has 56 receptions on the year and that broke Ander's former record of 50, also set in 1968.
The game was fraught with mistakes as Elmhurst committed 18 penalties and Augustana turned the ball over six times.
A week after holding the CCIW's top-ranked offense (Wheaton) to just 249 total yards, the Augustana defense surrendered 422 on Saturday. The Elmhurst offense wasted no time, taking the opening kickoff and going 62 yards in 13 plays for a touchdown. Scottie Williams, who rushed for 175 yards and three touchdowns on the day, finished off the drive with an eight-yard scoring run to make it 7-0.
Augustana ran just two plays before committing the first of its six turnovers. A David Lee (Springfield HS, Springfield, Ill.) fumble gave Elmhurst the ball near midfield. The Viking defense responded by forcing a three-and-out and a short Bluejay punt gave them the ball at their own 37. They drove to the Elmhurst 30 before being stopped on downs.
The Viking forced another Elmhurst punt early in second quarter, but Kyle Hundman (Bloomington Central Catholic HS, Bloomington, Ill.) coughed up the ball at the Augustana 13-yard line and three plays later, Williams took it into the end zone from four yards out for a 14-0 Bluejay lead.
Things didn't get any better on Elmhurst's next possession. After the Bluejays had driven from their own 20 to the Augustana 26, Alex Schroeder (Batavia HS, Batavia, Ill.) intercepted a Joe Furco pass at the four-yard line to seemingly end the threat. However, a roughing the passer penalty on the Vikings gave Elmhurst new life and on the next play, Furco connected with Rodney Payton from 13 yards out to make it 21-0 with just over five minutes remaining in the half.
Augustana finally got on the board just before halftime. Lee hit Nick Krantz (Moline HS, Moline, Ill.) with a three-yard touchdown pass to cap an 80-yard, 10-play drive and make the score 21-7 at the break.
The Vikings lost another fumble on the second play of the second half and Elmhurst responded by using some trickery to score on its first play. Wide receiver Chase Hamby hit Brian LeSeur with a 32-yard scoring strike to make it 28-7 with 13:49 left in the third quarter. The Vikings answered with a seven-play, 58-yard march, but came away empty after losing their fourth fumble of the day at the Elmhurst eight-yard line.
After a John Mago (Cary-Grove HS, Cary, Ill.) interception at the Viking one yard-line ended another Bluejay threat, Augustana went 91 yards in six plays to cut the lead to 28-14. Lee threw for 52 yards and ran for another 27 on the drive and finished it off with a two-yard touchdown run.
Williams' third rushing touchdown of the day and Lee's second closed out the scoring in the final period.
John Mago continued his recent outstanding play. In addition to his interception, he was in on 13 tackles, including 10 solo stops and a sack.
After dropping its first road game this season, Augustana, now 5-4 overall and 3-3 in the CCIW, will be looking for its first home win in next Saturday's season finale. The Vikings host Illinois Wesleyan at 1:00 p.m. at Ericson Field.