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September 9, 2011

2011 Season - Augustana-Central Preview

The Vikings will be counting on senior slot receiver and kick returner A.J. Hoger as they look to pick up a win Saturday at Central.

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. - It wasn't quite the start to the Rob Cushman era that Augustana was hoping for, but the Vikings put together a solid second-half performance in an 18-13 setback to Dubuque. After falling behind 18-0 at the half, Augustana controlled the second thirty minutes, but a pair of fourth-quarter fumbles kept it from completing the comeback. The Vikings face another Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference opponent this week as they head for Pella, Iowa to face the Central Dutch in a 1:00 p.m. contest on Saturday.

 In the season opener on Thursday, September 1, Dubuque controlled the first half, putting together three separate 80-yard touchdown drives to take an 18-0 lead. Augustana turned the tables in the third quarter. The Vikings opened the period by going on an 18-play 79-yard scoring drive to cut the margin to 18-7. Junior running back Brett McWilliams (Hononegah HS, Roscoe, Ill.) capped the drive, going in from one yard out. The defense then allowed Dubuque minus two yards on the only three offensive plays the Spartans would run in the quarter. Augustana held a 13:12 to 1:48 edge in time of possession in the period.

 The Vikings took over after the Spartans' three-and-out and went 38 yards in nine plays with junior running back Nate Pena (Neuqua Valley HS, Bolingbrook, Ill.) reaching the end zone on the second play of the fourth quarter. The attempt at a two-point conversion failed and the deficit remained 18-13. Augustana got the ball back four more times, but were unable to put together the winning drive.

 McWilliams led the Viking ground game with 17 carries for 68 yards. Senior quarterback David Lee (Springfield HS, Springfield, Ill.) connected on 18 of 32 passes for 146 yards with one interception. Senior wide receiver Zachary McCullough (St. Charles North HS, St. Charles, Ill.) caught six passes for 40 yards and senior tight end Keith Abbey (Rich East HS, Park Forest, Ill.) had five grabs for 32 yards. Sophomore Erik Westerberg (York HS, Elmhurst, Ill.) was the leading Viking tackler with 10 total tackles on six solo stops and four assists.

 This Saturday's opponent, Central, is a traditional power in the IIAC. The Dutch have won 30 conference titles, made three Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl appearances and were national champions in 1974.

 Like Augustana, Central is coming off a tough season-opening loss due in large part to turnovers. The Dutch lost at Wisconsin-Oshkosh 31-28 on Saturday, September 3.

 Central, led by 8th-year head coach Jeff McMartin, returns 14 starters and 37 letter winners from last season's 8-2 team that placed third in the Iowa Conference with a 6-2 record. The Dutch return five of 12 2010 All-IIAC picks, including four first-teamers, in addition to three honorable mention selections.

 Nate Snead, a fifth-year senior, led the Dutch in passing and rushing last season with 1,510 yards and 12 touchdowns through the air and 642 yards and 15 touchdowns on the ground. He ranked sixth in the conference in both categories. His 215.2 yards of total offense per game ranked third in the IIAC, while his 90 points ranked second. Younger brother Jeremy Snead, a senior, led Central in receiving with 38 catches for 597 yards and seven touchdowns, ranking fourth in the IIAC in receiving yards per game and eighth in receptions per game.

 Central returns two first team all-IIAC kick returners who double as wide receivers. Senior Brett Wilkin caught 18 passes for 190 yards and two touchdowns, while also averaging 19.1 yards per kick return and 8.8 yards per punt return. Senior Mike Furlong made 14 catches for 260 yards and averaged 23.6 yards per kick return and 9.4 yards per punt return to rank 64th and 54th, respectively, in Division III.

 Central must replace six starters from a defense that led the IIAC by allowing only 255.5 yards per game in 2010-an average over 50 yards better than anyone else in the league-and only gave up an average of 78.7 yards on the ground. Up front, the Dutch are led by senior nose guard Brady Hill who was named second team all-IIAC in 2009 and honorable mention in 2010. Linebacker Keith Rush was an honorable mention all-league pick. Cornerback Jake Peterson and Ryan Schmidt earned first team and second team All-IIAC honors, respectively.

 CENTRAL SERIES RECORD: These two programs, with eight Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl appearances and five NCAA Division III championships between them, have met nine times, with the Dutch holding a 5-4 edge. Central got a 13-0 win in the first meeting in 1930 and the teams would not play again for 54 years. The second meeting occurred in the 1984 Stagg Bowl in Kings Island, Ohio, where the Vikings captured their second straight national title with a 21-12 win. In 1985 the teams met in the Division III semifinals and Augustana posted a 14-7 win at Rock Island Public Schools Stadium on the way to its third of four consecutive national championships. Central got a measure of revenge with a 23-17 double overtime win in the 1988 semifinals. The Vikings and Dutch have met five times since 2002, with Central winning three times, including a 28-23 win at Ericson Field last year.

2011 CCIW STANDINGS

School

CCIW

Overall

Carthage

0-0

1-0

Elmhurst

0-0

1-0

Illinois Wesleyan

0-0

1-0

North Park

0-0

1-0

Wheaton

0-0

0-0

AUGUSTANA

0-0

0-1

Millikin

0-0

0-1

North Central

0-0

0-1

         

  

  

  

  

2011 AUGUSTANA VIKINGS FOOTBALL SCHEDULE/RESULTS

DATE

OPPONENT

SITE

SCORE/TIME

September 1

Dubuque

HOME

L, 13-18

September 10

Central of Iowa

Pella, Iowa

1:00 p.m.

September 17

Adrian

HOME

12:00 noon

October 1

*Millikin (Family Weekend)

HOME

6:00 p.m.

October 8

*North Central

Naperville, Illinois

7:00 p.m.

October 15

*Carthage

HOME

6:00 p.m.

October 22

*North Park (Homecoming)

HOME

1:00 p.m.

October 29

*Wheaton

Wheaton, Illinois

1:00 p.m.

November 5

*Elmhurst

HOME

1:00 p.m.

November 12

*Illinois Wesleyan

Bloomington, Illinois

1:00 p.m.

* - College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin game

HEAD COACH ROB CUSHMAN

Rob Cushman is in his first season as the head coach of the Augustana football program. He has spent the previous three seasons serving as the Viking defensive coordinator. His coaching career began at Cal State-Chico in 1979. His first head coaching position was at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, Oregon, where he spent five seasons before being named the first head coach at Feather River College in Quincy, California in 2002. He led the fledgling program to a 34-21 (.618) record in five seasons, reaching a post-season bowl game each year. He served as special teams coordinator and defensive backs coach at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York in 2007, prior to coming to Augustana.

CUSHMAN'S RECORD AS HEAD COACH

                                                OVERALL                               CONFERENCE

YEAR

WON

LOSS

PCT

WON

LOSS

PCT

SCHOOL

1997

4

6

.400

 

 

 

Eastern Oregon

1998

6

4

.600

 

 

 

Eastern Oregon

1999

5

5

.500

 

 

 

Eastern Oregon

2000

2

8

.200

 

 

 

Eastern Oregon

2001

1

8

.111

 

 

 

Eastern Oregon

Eastern Oregon Totals

18

31

.367

 

 

 

 

2002

6

5

.545

 

 

 

Feather River

2003

9

2

.818

 

 

 

Feather River

2004

6

5

.545

 

 

 

Feather River

2005

7

4

.636

 

 

 

Feather River

2006

6

5

.545

 

 

 

Feather River

Feather River Totals

34

21

.618

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin

2011

0

1

-

0

0

-

Augustana

Augustana Totals

0

1

.000

0

0

-

 

CAREER

52

53

.495

 

 

 

 

ROB CUSHMAN BY THE NUMBERS: Here is a closer look at Rob Cushman's record at Augustana College.

 

OVERALL

 

 

CCIW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

YR

W

L

PCT

W

L

PCT

FINISH

SEP

OCT

NOV

H

A

2011

0

1

.000

0

0

-

 

0-1

0-0

0-0

0-1

0-0

CAREER

0

1

.000

0

0

-

 

0-1

0-0

0-0

0-1

0-0

CUSHMAN AGAINST THE OPPOSITION

TEAM

GAMES

W

L

FIRST MEETING

LAST MEETING

Adrian

0

0

0

2011

 

Carthage

0

0

0

2011

 

Central of Iowa

0

0

0

2011

 

Dubuque

1

0

1

2011

 

Elmhurst

0

0

0

2011

 

Illinois Wesleyan

0

0

0

2011

 

Millikin

0

0

0

2011

 

North Central

0

0

0

2011

 

North Park

0

0

0

2011

 

Wheaton

0

0

0

2011

 

2011 AUGUSTANA FOOTBALL TWO DEEP  

POS

NO

NAME

HT

WT

YR

HOMETOWN/HIGH SCHOOL

HIGH SCHOOL

OFFENSE

 

 

 

 

 

 

WR

88

Nick Krantz

6-0

180

So

Moline, Ill./Moline

81

Jason Wagner

6-1

200

Sr

Elgin, Ill./Burlington Central

WR

2

A.J. Hoger

5-7

160

Sr

Cary, Ill./Cary-Grove

  

8

Antonio Owens

5-9

180

Fr

Naperville, Ill./North

TE

35

Jack Gilleland

6-1

220

Sr

McHenry, Ill./Marian Catholic

  

86

Marty Resner

6-2

220

Jr

Montgomery, Ill./Oswego

OT

72

Mike Kautz

6-4

240

Jr

East Moline, Ill. /Alleman

  

75

Dan Gregg

6-1

260

So

Prospect Height, Ill./Hersey

OG

74

Derek King

6-1

285

Jr

New Boston, Ill./Westmer

67

Eric Link

6-3

270

So

Aledo, Ill./Sherrard

OC

61

Kelly Clennon

6-2

260

Sr

Naperville, Ill./Joliet Catholic

  

62

Eric Dratnol

6-0

250

So

Montgomery, Ill./Kaneland

OG

64

Andrew Lang

6-2

260

Sr

Rock Island, Ill./Rock Island

63

Trace Wingo

6-2

275

So

Crystal Lake, Ill./South

OT

56

Anthony Roome

6-2

275

Fr

Geneseo, Ill./Geneseo

  

66

Kevon Rivers

6-1

275

Jr

Chicago, Ill./Uplift Community

WR

12

Zachary McCullough

6-1

185

Sr

St. Charles, Ill./North

  

84

Chad Collins

6-2

175

Jr

Dolton, Il./Thornridge

QB

15

David Lee

6-3

219

Sr

Springfield, Ill./Springfield

  

10

Nick Welch

6-3

200

Jr

Oswego, Ill./Oswego

RB

4

Nate Pena

5-8

195

Jr

Bolingbrook, Ill./Neuqua Valley

  

32

Brett McWilliams

6-1

217

Jr

Roscoe, Ill./Hononegah

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

DEFENSE

 

 

 

 

 

 

OLB

30

Danny Hess

5-7

170

Sr

Naperville, Ill./ North

  

46

Grant Ollenburger

6-2

200

Sr

Evergreen Park, Ill./Evergreen Park

DE

49

Shane Holl

6-2

245

Sr

North Aurora, Ill./Batavia

  

60

Michael Anderson

6-2

235

Jr

Spring Grove, Ill./Richmond Burton

MG

99

Carl Hartweg

6-3

235

So

Carthage, Ill./Illini West

  

52

Kyle Voda

6-1

255

So

Plainfield, Ill./South

DE

44

Pete Schimeck

6-1

245

Sr

Naperville, Ill./Benet Academy

  

38

Luke Anderson

6-5

230

Jr

Lemont, Ill./Lemont

OLB

41

Erik Westerberg

6-3

211

So

Elmhurst, Ill./York

  

47

John Draminski

6-0

215

Jr

Kewanee, Ill. /Wethersfield

ILB

45

Joe Weber

6-2

240

Jr

South Elgin, Ill./Marmion Academy

51

Andrew O'Reilly

6-0

210

Jr

Elgin, Ill./Driscoll Catholic

MLB

58

Cody Wickenhauser

6-3

210

Sr

Downs, Ill./Tri-Valley

  

39

Dylan Smith

5-11

195

So

Yorkville, Ill./Aurora Christian

ILB

25

Mitch McGilliard

6-0

200

Sr

Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley

  

42

Mike O'Donoghue

6-1

195

So

Mundelein, Ill./Mundelein

CB

27

Matt Glawe

5-10

195

Sr

Winfield, Ill./Wheaton Warrenville South

  

7

Sean Walker

5-9

160

So

Annawan, Ill./Annawan

CB

28

Mack Gray

5-7

175

Sr

Chicago, Ill./Simeon

  

26

T.J. Milano

6-0

175

So

Naperville, Ill./Benet Academy

FS

11

Ben Hall

6-0

205

Sr

Normal, Ill./University

  

3

Robert Mago

5-9

175

Jr

Cary, Ill./Cary-Grove

  

 

SPECIALIST

 

 

 

 

 

 

KICKER

16

Brady Rogers

5-11

165

Fr

Aurora, Colo./Cherokee Trail

PUNTER

33

Arnie Fitzwater

6-2

190

Jr

Watertown, Wis./Watertown

PUNT RETURN

2

A.J. Hoger

5-7

160

Sr

Cary, Ill./Cary-Grove

1

Armin Batang

5-10

165

Fr

Northbrook, Ill./Glenbrook North

KICK RETURN

1

Armin Batang

5-10

165

Fr

Northbrook, Ill./Glenbrook North

8

Antonio Owens

5-9

180

Fr

Naperville, Ill./Naperville North

SNAPPER

  

86

Marty Resner

6-2

220

Jr

Montgomery, Ill./Oswego

HOLDER

7-D

Kyle Snow

5-9

160

So

Wheaton, Ill./Wheaton-Warrenville South

2011 CENTRAL TWO DEEP 

POS

NO

NAME

HT

WT

YR

HOMETOWN/HIGH SCHOOL

HIGH SCHOOL

OFFENSE

 

 

 

 

 

 

WR

 3

Jeremy Snead

6-3

230

Sr

Altoona, Iowa/Southeast Polk

12

Ben Lechtenberg

6-6

215

Jr

Manchester, Iowa/West Delaware

WR

11

Mike Furlong

6-0

190

Sr

Davenport, Iowa/Assumption

  

24

Preston Roberts

6-2

210

Sr

Bloomfield, Iowa/Davis County

TE

22

Cory Nikkel

6-1

220

Sr

Pella, Iowa/Pella Christian

  

92

David Young

6-2

220

Sr

West Burlington, Iowa/West Burlington

OT

61

Garret Albers

6-2

250

Sr

Keystone, Iowa/Benton

  

63

Matt Schrafel

6-2

255

So

Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Washington

OG

56

Colton Smith

5-11

255

Sr

Kearney, Mo./Kearney

72

Adam Dubois

6-2

270

Sr

Gladbrook, Iowa/Gladbrook-Reinbeck

OC

68

Casey Tanner

6-2

270

Sr

Greenfield, Iowa/Orient-Macksburg

  

67

Anthony Wolf

6-1

275

Jr

Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley

OG

60

Nate Rouse

6-1

290

Sr

Ankeny, Iowa/Ankeny

79

Brandon Wagner

6-3

270

Sr

Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley Northwest

OT

62

Nathan Wolff

6-5

270

Sr

Peotone, Ill./Peotone

  

57

Joe Flaherty

6-2

230

So

Burlington, Iowa/Burlington

QB

 6

Nate Snead

6-2

225

Sr

Altoona, Iowa/Southeast Polk

  

13

Jack Flaherty

6-0

200

Jr

Burlington, Iowa/Burlington

RB

34

Ross Doehermann

6-0

200

Jr

Williamsburg, Iowa/Williamsburg

  

25

Kenny Harrington

5-6

195

Sr

Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley

SB

41

Preston West

5-8

230

Sr

Swisher, Iowa/Cedar Rapids Prairie

  

44

Austin Blanchard

6-2

225

So

Oskaloosa, Iowa/Oskaloosa

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

DEFENSE

 

 

 

 

 

 

DE

30

Holden Blythe

6-3

220

Sr

Williamsburg, Iowa/Williamsburg

  

14

Danny Samson

5-11

250

So

Baxter, Iowa/CMB

NG

94

Brady Hill

6-2

250

Sr

Carroll, Iowa/Kuemper Catholic

  

93

Ryan Dahm

6-1

250

So

Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Kennedy

DT

14

Danny Samson

5-11

250

So

Baxter, Iowa/CMB

  

91

Spencer Matlock

5-10

285

Jr

Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley

DE

9

Brady Wilson

6-2

230

Sr

Britt, Iowa/West Hancock

  

52

Zach Brennan

5-11

220

So

Van Meter, Iowa/ADM

LB

23

Seth Carson

6-0

230

Jr

Woodridge, Ill./Downers Grove South

  

26

Jason Nabholz

6-2

205

Sr

Waterloo, Iowa/West

LB

42

Ryan Steinkamp

5-11

215

Sr

Carroll, Iowa/Kuemper Catholic

10

Matt Daniels

5-9

225

Sr

Olathe, Kan./Olathe East

LB

48

Keith Rush

5-10

185

Jr

Griswold, Iowa/Griswold

  

47

Patrick Kelley

5-11

215

Sr

Eagle Grove, Iowa/Eagle Grove

CB

20

Jason Breon

5-11

165

Jr

Anamosa, Iowa/Anamosa

  

15

Joey Toale

5-10

185

Sr

Spencer, Iowa/Spencer

CB

1

Adam Petz

6-0

190

Sr

Williamsburg, Iowa/Williamsburg

  

21

Trent Heetland

5-11

170

Jr

Ackley, Iowa/AGWSR

SS

28

Ryan Schmidt

5-10

180

Sr

Keswick, Iowa/Tri-County

  

18

Mike Young

5-11

185

So

Country Club Hills, Ill./Hillcrest

FS

4

Jake Petersen

5-10

195

Sr

Gladbrook, Iowa/Gladbrook-Reinbeck

  

5

Jack Shipley

6-2

215

So

Tipton, Iowa/Tipton

  

 

SPECIALIST

 

 

 

 

 

 

KICKER

16

Kevin Sheldon

5-11

165

Fr

West Des Moines, Iowa/Valley

PUNTER

24

Preston Roberts

6-2

210

Sr

Bloomfield, Iowa/Davis County

2

Blaine Forsythe

6-2

195

Fr

Pella, Iowa/Pella

PUNT RETURN

11

Mike Furlong

6-0

190

Sr

Davenport, Iowa/Assumption

KICK RETURN

11

Mike Furlong

6-0

190

Sr

Davenport, Iowa/Assumption

27

Josh Osborn

5-10

190

Fr

Burlington, Iowa/Burlington

HOLDER

11

Mike Furlong

6-0

190

Sr

Davenport, Iowa/Assumption

LS-P

18

Mike Young

6-2

215

So

Country Club Hills, Ill./Hillcrest

  

92

David Young

6-2

220

Sr

West Burlington, Iowa/West Burlington

LS-K

72

Adam DuBois

6-2

270

Sr

Gladbrook, Iowa/Gladbrook-Reinbeck

 2011 AUGUSTANA VIKINGS STATISTICAL HIGHLIGHTS

CATEGORY

NUMBER

OPPONENT

DATE

Individual Offense

 

 

 

Most Points

6 - Brett McWilliams , Nate Pena

Dubuque

09/01/11

Most Points Kicking

1 - Brady Rogers

Dubuque

09/01/11

Most Touchdowns

1 - Brett McWilliams , Nate Pena

Dubuque

09/01/11

Most Extra Points

1 - Brady Rogers

Dubuque

09/01/11

Most Yards Total Offense

155 (9 rushing & 146 passing) - David Lee

Dubuque

09/01/11

Most Yards Rushing

68 - Brett McWilliams

Dubuque

09/01/11

Most Rushing Attempts

17 - Brett McWilliams

Dubuque

09/01/11

Most Yards Passing

146 - David Lee

Dubuque

09/01/11

Most Pass Attempts

32 - David Lee

Dubuque

09/01/11

Most Pass Completions

18 - David Lee

Dubuque

09/01/11

Most Yards Receiving

40 - Zach McCullough

Dubuque

09/01/11

Most Pass Receptions

6 - Zach McCullough

Dubuque

09/01/11

 

 

 

 

Team Offense

 

 

 

Most Points

13

Dubuque

09/01/11

Most Touchdowns

2

Dubuque

09/01/11

Most Total Yards

284 (138 rushing & 146 passing)

Dubuque

09/01/11

Most Yards Rushing

138

Dubuque

09/01/11

Most Yards Passing

146

Dubuque

09/01/11

Most Passing Attempts

32

Dubuque

09/01/11

Most Completions

18

Dubuque

09/01/11

Most First Downs Total

18

Dubuque

09/01/11

Most First Downs Rushing

10

Dubuque

09/01/11

Most First Downs Passing

8

Dubuque

09/01/11

Most First Downs Penalty

0

Dubuque

09/01/11

Most Rushes

38

Dubuque

09/01/11

Most Plays

70

Dubuque

09/01/11

 

 

 

 

Individual Defense

 

 

 

Most Total Tackles

10 - Erik Westerberg

Dubuque

09/01/11

Most Solo Tackles

6 - Rob Mago, Erik Westerberg

Dubuque

09/01/11

Most Assisted Tackles

4 - Erik Westerberg

Dubuque

09/01/11

Most Interceptions

0

Dubuque

09/01/11

Most Fumble Recoveries

1 - Danny Hess

Dubuque

09/01/11

Most Quarterback Sacks

1.0 - Carl Hartweg, Shane Holl

Dubuque

09/01/11

Most Tackles for Loss

1.0 - Carl Hartweg, Danny Hess, Shane Holl, Mike Matthiesen

Dubuque

09/01/11

 

 

 

 

Team Defense

 

 

 

Fewest Points

18

Dubuque

09/01/11

Fewest Plays

64

Dubuque

09/01/11

Fewest Rushing Attempts

38

Dubuque

09/01/11

Fewest Total Yards

373 (205 rushing & 168 passing)

Dubuque

09/01/11

Fewest Rushing Yards

205

Dubuque

09/01/11

Fewest Passing Yards

168

Dubuque

09/01/11

Fewest Pass Completions

20

Dubuque

09/01/11

Most Interceptions

0

Dubuque

09/01/11

Most Fumble Recoveries

1

Dubuque

09/01/11

Fewest Total First Downs

18 (11 rushing, 7 passing, 0 penalty)

Dubuque

09/01/11

Fewest Rushing First Downs

11

Dubuque

09/01/11

Fewest Passing First Downs

7

Dubuque

09/01/11

Fewest Penalty First Downs

0

Dubuque

09/01/11