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December 1, 2000

2000 FOOTBALL REVIEW

 

2000 FOOTBALL REVIEW

VIKINGS KEEP CONSECUTIVE WINNING SEASON STREAK ALIVE WITH 7-3 RECORD

There may have been a change in head coaches this season but the success continued for the Augustana Vikings football team. Jim Barnes, a former team captain back in 1980, took over as the head coach for his alma mater back in February, replacing Tom Schmulbach. The Vikings hardly missed a beat as Barnes led them to a 7-3 overall record and a 4-3 mark in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin.

For Augustana, winning on the gridiron is nothing new as the year 2000 was the 22nd consecutive winning season. That streak dates back to 1979 when the Vikings went 6-3 during Barnes' junior season. Currently, Augustana ranks 14th in the nation with its 22 year stretch of winning seasons.

The change at the top didn't affect the way Augustana played as once again the Vikings used a ball control offense and an opportunistic defense that thrived on turnovers. The final NCAA Division III statistics show that the Blue & Gold are ranked among the nation's elite in three team categories. The always-potent ground attack averaged 310.6 yards per game and finished third in rushing yards per game. In scoring the Vikings were 18th with a 34.2 average and the defense was responsible for a 23rd place finish in turnover margin at plus-1.20 per contest.

When the season began the Vikings were ranked in the top 25 in five different pre-season polls and after three straight non-conference victories (40-6 over Eureka; 32-3 against Wisconsin-Platteville and 64-3 vs. Wisconsin Lutheran) they climbed as high as eighth.

The College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin season began with a 49-31 victory on the road against Elmhurst to move the record to 4-0. In a defensive struggle on Homecoming against Illinois Wesleyan, the Titans scored on a long pass late in the game to take a hard-fought 20-16 victory and deal the Vikings their first loss of the season. After another road victory, this time by a 36-14 margin at North Park, Augustana traveled to Decatur, Illinois on Saturday, October 21 to do battle with Millikin. The Big Blue was ranked sixth in the country at the time and proved it with a 42-21 win.

A 31-8 demolition of North Central followed the loss to Millikin and then the Vikings beat Carthage 23-14 on November 4 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. That set up a season ending battle with Wheaton, which was locked in a battle for first place in the CCIW. In a thrilling game that saw senior tight end Chris Sally (Lisle Township HS, Lisle, IL) set a new school record with four touchdown receptions, Augustana fell to the Crusaders by a score of 37-30 in double overtime.

Junior runningback David Chorney (Westmont HS, Westmont, IL) led the team in rushing for the second year in a row. He gained 1,013 yards on 170 carries with nine touchdowns. He averaged 6.0 yards per carry and 101.3 yards per game and became the first Augustana running back since Scott Tumilty in 1995 to eclipse the 1,000 yard barrier in a single season. Chorney just the 15th player in school history to rush for 1,000 yards. He has accumulated 2,076 yards in his career and has moved into 10th place on the Vikings all-time list.

Senior wingback Corey Ungaro (Woodstock HS, Woodstock, IL) was the second leading rusher with 747 yards on 148 attempts with seven touchdowns while senior fullback Bart Reed (J.D. Darnall HS, Geneseo, IL) added 447 yards on 97 carries with five scores.

Sally led the team in receptions with 27 for 410 yards and seven touchdowns and junior tight end Jim Triveri (St. Laurence HS, Burbank, IL) added 10 catches for 160 yards and one score.

A pair of sophomores - Brad Wendell (Buffalo Grove HS, Buffalo Grove, IL) and Ben Kleinhans (Waubonsie Valley HS, Naperville, IL) - shared the quarterbacking duties. Kleinhans completed 26 of 54 passes for 426 yards and four touchdowns while Wendell was 17 of 43 for 260 yards and six scores. Kleinhans rushed for 130 yards and three touchdowns on 43 attempts while Wendell scampered for 230 on 57 and scored one time.

The defense was led in tackles by a pair of linebackers - junior Roy Fritz (Woodstock HS, Woodstock, IL) and senior Kraig McPeek (Stockton HS, Stockton, IL). Fritz had 60 total tackles (27 solos and 33 assists) while McPeek had the same number with 23 solos and 37 assists. Fritz had five tackles for 17 yards of losses and McPeek had four tackles for 17 yards of losses, one quarterback sack, two interceptions and five pass deflections.

 

 

Freshman defensive tackle Justin Georgacakis (Glenbrook North HS, Northbrook, IL) led the team in tackles for losses with 12 that totaled 33 yards. Defensive ends Tim Williams (Rich South HS, Richton Park, IL) and David Gonzalez (Maine West HS, Des Plaines, IL) shared the sacks lead with four each. Junior cornerback Todd Baldwin (Aledo HS, Aledo, IL) was the top interceptor with five while Brad Haverback (Cambridge HS, Cambridge, IL) had four. Haverback also was credited with 11 pass deflections.

The Vikings were represented on the all-conference team with three first team selections and five second teamers. Hay, J.D. Sheldon (Marian Central Catholic HS, Harvard, IL) and Sally were the first team picks and all three players were repeat selections from a year ago. Five Augustana players were second team choices - Triveri, Chorney, Ungaro, Haverback and linebacker Mike Frump (Lafayette HS, Chesterfield, MO).

Hay was chosen by the National Football Foundation to be a Scholar-Athlete, one of just three NCAA Division III players honored in the country. He was a first team Verizon Academic All-American selection and was named to the American Football Coaches Association (A.F.C.A.) All-American team. He also became the third straight Viking to be chosen to play in the Aztec Bowl, a game pitting the NCAA Division III All-Stars against the champions of Mexico.

Barnes tied a school record for most games won by a first season head coach at Augustana - matching the victory totals of H.V. "Shorty" Almquist (7-1 in 1928), Ralph Starenko (7-1 in 1964) and Ben Newcomb (7-2 in 1969).

2000 COLLEGE CONFERENCE OF ILLINOIS & WISCONSIN FOOTBALL FINAL STANDINGS

TEAM

CCIW

W

CCIW

L

.PCT

Overall

W

Overall

L

.PCT

Illinois Wesleyan

6

1

.857

9

1

.900

Millikin

6

1

.857

9

2

.818

Wheaton

6

1

.857

8

2

.800

Augustana

4

3

.571

7

3

.700

North Central

3

4

.429

5

5

.500

Carthage

1

6

.143

4

6

.400

North Park

1

6

.143

3

7

.300

Elmhurst

1

6

.143

2

8

.200

2000 AUGUSTANA VIKINGS FOOTBALL

  • 7-3 overall record for 22nd consecutive winning season
  • Team captains - Chris Sally and Mack Hay
  • CCIW All-Conference - First team: Chris Sally, Mack Hay & J.D. Sheldon; Second team - Jim Triveri, David Chorney, Corey Ungaro, Mike Frump, Brad Haverback
  • AFCA All-American - Mack Hay
  • National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete - Mack Hay
  • Aztec Bowl - Mack Hay
  • Verizon Academic All-American - Mack Hay - first team
  • Verizon Academic All-District - Todd Baldwin and Mack Hay
  • School Record - Chris Sally - four touchdown receptions on November 11 against Wheaton