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October 7, 2011

2011 Season - Augustana vs. North Central Preview

Sean Walker brings back a kickoff 44 yards versus Millikin. The sophomore defensive back and his Viking teammates head to Naperville, Illinois to face 6th-ranked North Central Saturday night.

Millikin got a 37-yard field goal from Austin Brettschneider with :00.9 seconds to lift the Big Blue to a 30-27 win over Augustana in the teams' College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin opener at Ericson Field last week. The Vikings are 0-4 on the season. The four losses have been by an average margin of just 4.75 points (and none by more than eight points) to teams with a combined record of 16-3 this season.

 Another big challenge faces the team this Saturday as it travels to Naperville, Illinois to take on North Central, currently the nation's sixth-ranked team, at 7:00 p.m. The Cardinals are 3-1 this season and won their CCIW opener 24-0 at Carthage Saturday afternoon.

 Statistically, the Vikings are averaging 316.3 yards of total offense per game. Of those, 139.0 have come via the ground. Junior running back Brett McWilliams (Hononegah HS, Roscoe, Ill.) has been the primary ball carrier, rushing for 269 yards and five touchdowns on 67 totes. Senior quarterback David Lee (Springfield HS, Springfield, Ill.) has thrown for 709 yards on 71 completions in 123 attempts (.577). He's thrown for three touchdowns with four interceptions. His most frequent targets have been sophomore wide receiver Nick Krantz (Moline HS, Moline, Ill.) and senior tight end Keith Abbey (Rich East HS, Park Forest, Ill.), who have each snared 14 passes. Krantz's have gone for 160 yards and one touchdown, while Abbey's have yielded 107 yards and one score.

 Sophomore linebacker Erik Westerberg's (York HS, Elmhurst, Ill.) 44 total tackles lead the team by a 2-to-1 margin. A whopping 31 of those have been solo stops. Senior linebacker Danny Hess (Naperville North HS, Naperville, Ill.) leads with for four tackles for loss, while junior linebacker Joe Weber (Marmion Academy, South Elgin, Ill.) and senior defensive end Pete Schimeck (Benet Academy, Naperville, Ill.) are tied for the team lead with three sacks each. Senior free safety Ben Hall (University HS, Normal, Ill.) has one fumble recovery and one interception to lead the Vikings in takeaways.

 Junior Arnie Fitzwater (Union HS, Waterford, Wis.) has highlighted special teams play, averaging 39.4 yards on 22 punts, with a net average of 35.3.

 This Saturday's opponent, North Central, dropped its season opener in California, 35-29 to Redlands. Since then however, the Cardinals have posted 70-26 and 86-14 wins over Bethel (Tenn.) and Olivet, respectively, as well as their CCIW-opening victory over Carthage.

 North Central returns eight players who earned all-conference recognition a year ago. Free Safety Josh McLeod, and defensive ends Willie Hayes and Valente Garza were first team selections on defense, while tight end Kyle Fiedorowicz earned first team honors on offense and wide receiver Joe Antonacci as a return specialist. Returning second team All-CCIW performers are running back Jordan Tassio, center Nick Capristo and defensive tackle Peter Bulandr.

 The Cardinals are averaging 426.4 yards of total offense and 52.3 points per game. They average 279.2 yards per game and 7.1 per carry on the ground. Tassio, a junior transfer from Western Illinois University who's also listed as the team's backup quarterback, leads with 338 yards on 44 carries (7.7 ypc). Freshman Ryan Kent (25 carries, 233 yards, 9.3 ypc, 4 TD), junior Nick Kukuc (27-236-8.3-4) and senior Mike Boettcher (19-181-9.5-2) have also been extremely effective in the ground game.

 Senior quarterback Brad Crackel, a Western Michigan University transfer, has completed 36 of 62 passes (.581) for 421 yards and six touchdowns. He's been intercepted twice. The 6-7, 266-pound senior Fiedorowicz has been his favorite target, with 12 catches for 170 yards and five touchdowns. Antonacci, a transfer from Drake (8-71-1), and Tassio (7-69-0) are next in receptions.

 Junior middle linebacker Joey Michals leads the Cardinals in tackles with 26 split evenly between solo and assisted stops. Garza and Bulandr are tied with a team-high three sacks. Sophomore defensive end Alex Tripp has a team-high 3.5 tackles for loss. The Cardinals have forced 13 turnovers, including 10 interceptions, led by McLeod's two. Opponents are averaging just 234.0 total yards per game and only 96.3 per game and 2.4 per carry on the ground.

AUGUSTANA-NORTH CENTRAL SERIES: Augustana has dominated this series throughout its history, leading 57-23-1. However, the Cardinals have won the last five meetings and six of the last seven. North Central won the initial meeting in 1923 by a score of 20-6. From 1963 until 2003, the Vikings won 36 of 41 meetings. The Cardinals' win in 2004 snapped a string of 23 consecutive Augustana wins in the series.

 

2011 CCIW STANDINGS

School

CCIW

Overall

Illinois Wesleyan

1-0

4-0

Elmhurst

1-0

3-1

Millikin

1-0

3-1

North Central

1-0

3-1

Carthage

0-1

3-1

North Park

0-1

3-1

Wheaton

0-1

3-1

AUGUSTANA

0-1

0-4

         

  

  

  

  

  

  

 

 

 

 

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

L, 23-31

September 17

Adrian

HOME

L, 14-17

October 1

*Millikin (Family Weekend)

HOME

L, 27-30

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

4

.000

0

1

.000

Augustana

Augustana Totals

0

4

.000

0

1

.000

 

CAREER

52

56

.481

 

 

 

 

 

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

4

.000

0

1

.000

 

0-3

0-1

0-0

0-3

0-1

CAREER

0

4

.000

0

1

.000

 

0-3

0-1

0-0

0-3

0-1

 

CUSHMAN AGAINST THE OPPOSITION

TEAM

GAMES

W

L

FIRST MEETING

LAST MEETING

Adrian

1

0

1

2011 - L (14-17)

 

Carthage

0

0

0

2011

 

Central of Iowa

1

0

1

2011 - L (23-31)

 

Dubuque

1

0

1

2011 - L (13-18)

 

Elmhurst

0

0

0

2011

 

Illinois Wesleyan

0

0

0

2011

 

Millikin

1

0

1

2011 - L (27-30)

 

North Central

0

0

0

2011

 

North Park

0

0

0

2011

 

Wheaton

0

0

0

2011

 

  

2011 AUGUSTANA FOOTBALL TWO DEEP 

Prior to October 8

POS

NO

NAME

HT

WT

YR

HOMETOWN/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

89

Keith Abbey

6-4

225

Sr

Park Forest, Ill./Rich East

  

86

Marty Resner

6-2

220

Jr

Montgomery, Ill./Oswego

OT

72

Mike Kautz

6-4

240

Jr

East Moline, Ill. /Alleman

  

73

Rej Hoxha

6-5

250

Fr

Niles, Ill/North

OG

74

Derek King

6-1

285

Jr

New Boston, Ill./Westmer

63

Trace Wingo

6-2

275

So

Crystal Lake, Ill. /South

OC

61

Kelly Clennon

6-2

260

Sr

Naperville, Ill./Joliet Catholic

  

62

Eric Dratnol

6-0

250

So

Montgomery, Ill./Kaneland

OG

64

Adam Lang

6-2

260

Sr

Rock Island, Ill./Rock Island

59

Alex Anderson

6-2

255

Fr

Geneseo, Ill./HS

OT

56

Anthony Roome

6-2

275

Fr

Geneseo, Ill./HS

  

75

Dan Gregg

6-2

280

So

Prospect Heights, Ill./Hersey

WR

12

Zachary McCullough

6-1

185

Sr

St. Charles, Ill./North

  

17

Torre Harrell

6-1

165

Fr

Bloomington, Ill./Bloomington

QB

15

David Lee

6-3

219

Sr

Springfield, Ill./Springfield

  

10

Nick Welch

6-3

200

Jr

Oswego, Ill./Oswego

RB

32

Brett McWilliams

6-1

217

Jr

Roscoe, Ill./Hononegah

  

4

Nate Pena

5-8

195

Jr

Bolingbrook, Ill./Neuqua Valley

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

  

98

Mike Matthiesen

6-3

247

Sr

Cary, Ill./Cary-Grove

NT

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

ILB

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

ILB

58

Cody Wickenhauser

6-3

210

Sr

Downs, Ill./Tri-Valley

  

39

Dylan Smith

5-11

195

So

Yorkville, Ill./Aurora Christian

SS

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

  

21

Tim O'Shea

6-0

197

Sr

Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard South

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

30

Danny Hess

5-7

170

Sr

Naperville, Ill./North

  

2011 NORTH CENTRAL FOOTBALL TWO DEEP

Prior to October 8

POS

NO

NAME

HT

WT

YR

HOMETOWN/HIGH SCHOOL

OFFENSE

 

 

 

 

 

 

LT

72

Jace Werkheiser

6-5

280

So

Freeport, Ill./Freeport

70

Justin Bjornson

6-3

255

Sr

Carol Stream, Ill./West Chicago

LG

57

Will Thrun

6-4

280

Sr

Batavia, Ill./Batavia/Univ. of Wisconsin-Platteville

  

62

Michael Stella

6-0

250

Sr

Berwyn, Ill./Nazareth Academy

C

52

Nick Capristo

5-11

272

Sr

Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley

68

Nick Iossi

6-0

265

Sr

Carol Stream, Ill./Glenbard North

RG

69

Joe Guenther

6-1

275

Jr

Shorewood, Ill./Joliet Township

  

63

John Cannova

6-0

270

Fr

Wheaton, Ill./Benet Academy/Butler Univ.

RT

75

Conor Oenning

6-3

280

Sr

Park Ridge, Ill./Maine South

59

Greg Whalen

6-5

255

So

Algonquin, Ill./Marian Central Catholic

TE

89

Kyle Fiedorowicz

6-7

266

Sr

Johnsburg, Ill./Johnsburg

  

7

Alex Haan

6-2

230

Sr

Homer Glen, Ill./Chicago Christian

WR

20

Joe Antonacci

5-11

186

Sr

Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley/Drake Univ.

16

Nick Slezak

6-2

206

So

Warrenville, Ill./Glenbard South

WR

11

Ryne Rezac

5-9

168

So

Gilbert, Ariz./Desert Vista

  

6

Jeff Stolzenburg

6-4

185

Fr

Beaverton, Ore./St. Charles North (Ill.)/Univ. of Oregon

WR

1

Nick Hicks

5-9

172

Sr

Pembroke Pines, Fla./American Heritage

  

15

Kevin Adams

6-2

185

Jr

Ellisville, Mo./Marquette

QB

12

Brad Crackel

6-4

220

Sr

Oswego, Ill./Oswego East/Western Michigan Univ.

  

4

Jordan Tassio

6-1

210

Jr

Naperville, Ill./Naperville North/Western Illinois Univ.

RB

32

Nick Kukuc

5-10

200

Jr

Naperville, Ill./Naperville Central

  

26

Ryan Kent

5-10

190

Fr

Elmhurst, Ill./York

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

DEFENSE

 

 

 

 

 

 

DE

8

Valente Garza

6-0

232

Sr

Winfield, Ill./Wheaton North/Coll. of DuPage

  

46

Alex Tripp

6-1

230

So

Belvidere, Ill./Belvidere North

DT

98

Peter Bulandr

6-4

270

Sr

Long Grove, Ill./Stevenson

  

92

Josh Fick

6-3

280

So

Crystal Lake, Ill./Crystal Lake Central/Univ. of Wis.-Parkside

DT

94

James Robinson

6-2

270

Sr

Warrenville, Ill./Wheaton Warrenville South/Coll. of DuPage

  

90

Peter Mann

6-3

265

So

Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South

DE

47

Willie Hayes

6-0

235

Sr

Lemont, Ill./Lemont

  

48

Jim Clendenning

6-1

230

Sr

Orland Hills, Ill./Sandburg

SLB

2

Scott Skuteris

5-11

205

Sr

Elmhurst, Ill./York

  

19

Alex Pirela

5-10

208

Jr

West Chicago, Ill./West Chicago

MLB

58

Joey Michals

6-3

220

Jr

Frankfort, Ill./Providence Catholic

49

Travis Saville

6-3

232

Jr

West Chicago, Ill./West Chicago/Coll. of DuPage

WLB

44

Kane Thompson

6-2

215

Sr

Aledo, Ill./Aledo

  

39

Tharryn Wright

5-11

206

So

Batavia, Ill./Batavia/Ball State Univ.

CB

31

Stewart Charles

6-1

200

Sr

Batavia, Ill./Batavia

  

19

Alex Pirela

5-10

208

Jr

West Chicago, Ill./West Chicago

CB

5

Josh Mitchell

6-1

191

Jr

Bloomington, Ill./Bloomington/Quincy Univ.

  

28

Connor Douglas

5-10

180

So

Lombard, Ill./Glenbard South

FS

17

Josh McLeod

6-1

200

Sr

Lisle, Ill./Lisle/Truman State Univ.

  

21

Noah Pressley

5-8

185

Sr

North Lauderdale, Fla./American Heritage

SS

25

Shane Dierking

5-9

171

So

Wheaton, Ill./Wheaton Warrenville South

  

22

Caleb Bednarz

5-9

150

Fr

Wheaton, Ill./Wheaton Warrenville South

  

 

SPECIALIST

 

 

 

 

 

 

KO

35

Kevin Looff

6-3

190

So

Barrington, Ill./Lake Zurich

PK

13

Nick Dace

6-2

180

So

Freeport, Ill./Freeport

P

88

Tyler Rasche

6-4

210

Jr

Moline, Ill./Moline

35

Kevin Looff

6-3

190

So

Barrington, Ill./Lake Zurich

KR

32

Nick Kukuc

5-11

193

Jr

Naperville, Ill./Naperville Central

26

Ryan Kent

5-10

190

Fr

Elmhurst, Ill./York

PR

20

Joe Antonacci

5-11

186

Sr

Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley/Drake Univ.

5

Josh Mitchell

6-1

191

Jr

Bloomington, Ill./Bloomington/Quincy Univ.

H

11

Ryne Rezac

5-9

168

So

Gilbert, Ariz./Desert Vista

88

Tyler Rasche

6-4

210

Jr

Moline, Ill./Moline

LS

51

Nathan Schweitzer

6-1

205

So

Bloomington, Ill./University

  

89

Kyle Fiedorowicz

6-7

266

Sr

Johnsburg, Ill./Johnsburg

 

2011 AUGUSTANA VIKINGS STATISTICAL HIGHLIGHTS  

CATEGORY

NUMBER

OPPONENT

DATE

Individual Offense

 

 

 

Most Points

12 - Brett McWilliams

Adrian

09/17/11

 

12 - Brett McWilliams

Millikin

10/01/11

Most Points Kicking

5 - Brady Rogers

Central

09/10/11

Most Touchdowns

2 - Brett McWilliams

Adrian

09/17/11

 

2 - Brett Williams

Millikin

10/01/11

Most Extra Points

3 - Brady Rogers

Millikin

10/01/11

Most Yards Total Offense

319 (20 rushing & 299 passing) - David Lee

Central

09/10/11

Most Yards Rushing

105 - Brett McWilliams

Adrian

09/17/11

Most Rushing Attempts

22 - Brett McWilliams

Adrian

09/17/11

Most Yards Passing

299 - David Lee

Central

09/10/11

Most Pass Attempts

41 - David Lee

Central

09/10/11

Most Pass Completions

25 - David Lee

Central

09/10/11

Most Yards Receiving

102 - Nick Krantz

Central

09/10/11

Most Pass Receptions

8 - Nick Krantz

Central

09/10/11

 

 

 

 

Team Offense

 

 

 

Most Points

27

Millikin

10/01/11

Most Touchdowns

4

Millikin

10/01/11

Most Total Yards

416 (117 rushing & 299 passing)

Central

09/10/11

Most Yards Rushing

152

Adrian

09/17/11

Most Yards Passing

299

Central

09/10/11

Most Passing Attempts

41

Central

09/10/11

Most Completions

25

Central

09/10/11

Most First Downs Total

24 (8 rushing, 14 passing, 2 penalty)

Central

09/10/11

Most First Downs Rushing

10

Dubuque

09/01/11

 

10

Adrian

09/17/11

Most First Downs Passing

14

Central

09/10/11

Most First Downs Penalty

3

Adrian

09/17/11

Most Rushes

43

Adrian

09/17/11

 

43

Millikin

10/01/11

Most Plays

72

Central

09/10/11

 

 

 

 

Individual Defense

 

 

 

Most Total Tackles

14 - Erik Westerberg

Central

09/10/11

Most Solo Tackles

10 - Erik Westerberg

Millikin

10/01/11

Most Assisted Tackles

7 - Erik Westerberg

Central

09/10/11

Most Interceptions

1 - Bo Goshorn,  Ben Hall

Millikin

10/01/11

Most Fumble Recoveries

1 - Done five times

 

 

Most Quarterback Sacks

2.0 - Pete Schimeck

Adrian

09/17/11

Most Tackles for Loss

3.0 - Danny Hess

Central

09/10/11

 

 

 

 

Team Defense

 

 

 

Fewest Points

17

Adrian

09/17/11

Fewest Plays

64

Dubuque

09/01/11

Fewest Rushing Attempts

29

Adrian

09/17/11

Fewest Total Yards

289 (47 rushing & 242 passing)

Adrian

09/17/11

Fewest Rushing Yards

47

Adrian

09/17/11

Fewest Passing Yards

168

Dubuque

09/01/11

Fewest Pass Completions

12

Central

09/10/11

Most Interceptions

2

Millikin

10/01/11

Most Fumble Recoveries

3

Adrian

09/17/11

Fewest Total First Downs

15 (5 rushing, 9 passing, 1 penalty)

Adrian

09/17/11

Fewest Rushing First Downs

5

Adrian

09/17/11

Fewest Passing First Downs

7

Dubuque

09/01/11

Fewest Penalty First Downs

0

Dubuque

09/01/11