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September 14, 2012

Loras Preview

Sophomore placekicker Brady Rogers and the Augustana football team will be looking for their first win of the season Saturday when they host Loras at Ericson Field at 6:00 p.m. The game will be part of Family Weekend festivities.

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. - After three quarters which yielded just a single field goal in the way of scoring this past Saturday, Augustana and Central put 24 points on the board in the final period. Unfortunately, the Vikings came up on the short end of a 17-10 decision in Pella, Iowa. The loss drops Augustana to 0-2 on the year heading into this year's home opener against Loras on Saturday, September 15 at 6:00 p.m. The Duhawks will be the Vikings third straight opponent out of the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

In Pella on Saturday, the hosts kicked a field goal on their first possession of the game and that was all the scoring until the first play of the fourth quarter. After the Dutch recovered their own fumble at the Augustana five-yard line on the final play of the third period, quarterback Aaron Eiseler took a keeper into the end zone on the next play. The point after gave Central a 10-0 advantage. The Vikings cut it to 10-3 with a field goal before the Dutch scored again, this time on a 49-yard touchdown pass from Jack Flaherty to Blaine Forsythe.

Trailing 17-3, Augustana still had some life left. With just over five minutes remaining and facing fourth-and-10 from his own 42-yard line, senior quarterback Nick Welch (Oswego HS, Oswego, Ill.) escaped a sack and found junior running back Eric Chandler (Cary-Grove HS, Cary, Ill.) alone down the left sideline. Chandler went in for the score and Brady Rogers' (Cherokee Trail HS, Parker, Colo.) point after cut the lead to 17-10. The Viking defense then forced a Central three-and-out, but the Dutch intercepted a Welch pass on Augustana's final possession to secure the win.

After being in on 18 tackles at Dubuque in the Vikings' opener, junior linebacker Erik Westerberg (York HS, Elmhurst, Ill.) added 14 more stops at Central. His 3½ tackles-for-loss also lead the team through two games. Junior linebacker Mike O'Donoghue (Mundelein HS, Mundelein, Ill.) is tied with senior Rob Mago (Cary-Grove HS, Cary, Ill.) for second on the team with 17 tackles and has made 2½ tackles-for-loss and two sacks, which is tied for the team lead with senior linebacker Joe Weber (Marmion Academy, Chicago, Ill.) and sophomore defensive end Sean McIntyre (Genoa-Kingston HS, Genoa, Ill.).

Chandler has been the team's leading rusher and receiver in the early going, having carried 12 times for 69 yards (5.8 yards per carry) and a touchdown and snared three passes for 81 yards (27.0 per reception) and one score. Junior Nick Krantz (Moline HS, Moline, Ill.) has three catches for 50 yards.

At quarterback, Welch is nine of 23 passing for 185 yards with one touchdown and a pair of interceptions. He's also the Vikings' second-leading rusher with 53 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries.

Augustana is averaging 112.5 yards per game on the ground and 103.5 through the air on offense. Its defense has allowed an average of 187.0 rushing yards per game (3.8 per carry) and 213.0 via the pass.

Loras comes to Ericson Field this Saturday with a 1-1 record. After dropping their season opener to Elmhurst 36-0, the Duhawks rebounded with a 28-14 win over Rockford this past Saturday. Both of the contests were home dates in Dubuque, Iowa.

Freshman running back Nate Carrier has paced a ground-oriented Loras attack with 211 rushing yards. 207 of those came in the win over Rockford and Carrier is averaging 7.8 yards per carry early on. Sophomore quarterback Dylan Jones has completed 13 of 33 passes for 128 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Junior fullback Kyle Bergquist has been his favorite target with five catches for 30 yards and a touchdown. Senior center Sam Ross was an honorable mention All-IIAC selection in 2011. Second-year Duhawk head coach Paul Mierkiewicz also welcomes back second team all-league kicker Tyler Wilker. Loras averages 203.5 rushing yards per game (4.7 per carry) and 64.0 through the air.

Defensively, the Duhawks have given up an average of 346.0 total yards per game--180.5 rushing (4.5 per carry) and 165.5 passing. Senior linebacker Brandon Ronan leads Loras with 15 tackles, while junior corner Dave Pirkle and senior linebacker Dan Badovinac have each been in on 10. Freshman end Carson Smith has a team-best three tackles-for-loss.

 

AUGUSTANA-LORAS SERIES RECORD

YEAR

SCORE (Running Record)

SITE

1992

LORAS 10, AUG 7 (0-1)

Home

1993

LORAS 24, AUG 14 (0-2)

Away

  

LAST YEAR...

Augustana and Loras have not met since 1993. Loras holds a 2-0 series lead.

  

2012 AUGUSTANA VIKINGS FOOTBALL SCHEDULE/RESULTS

DATE

OPPONENT

SITE

SCORE/TIME

September 1

Dubuque

Dubuque, Iowa

L, 21-39

September 8

Central of Iowa

Pella, Iowa

L, 10-17

September 15

Loras (Family Weekend)

HOME

6:00 p.m.

September 29

*Wheaton

HOME

1:00 p.m.

October 6

*Elmhurst

Elmhurst, Illinois

1:00 p.m.

October 13

*Millikin (Homecoming)

HOME

1:00 p.m.

October 20

*North Park

Chicago, Illinois

1:00 p.m.

October 27

*Carthage

HOME

1:00 p.m.

November 3

*Illinois Wesleyan

Bloomington, Illinois

1:00 p.m.

November 10

*North Central

HOME

1:00 p.m.

* - College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin game

  

2012 CCIW STANDINGS

School

CCIW

Overall

Elmhurst

0-0

2-0

Illinois Wesleyan

0-0

2-0

Millikin

0-0

2-0

Carthage

0-0

1-0

North Central

0-0

1-1

Wheaton

0-0

1-1

AUGUSTANA

0-0

0-2

North Park

0-0

0-2

           

 

 

 

 

 

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS            

September 8

Central 17, AUGUSTANA 10

Albion 22, Wheaton 21

Elmhurst 31, Trine 13

Millikin 49, Hope 20

Illinois Wesleyan 53, Alma 7

North Central 42, Redlands 16

Benedictine 30, North Park 22

 

GAMES THIS WEEK

September 15

Loras at AUGUSTANA 6:00 p.m.

North Central at UW-Stout 1:00 p.m.

Wheaton at Luther 1:00 p.m.

Wartburg at Carthage 1:00 p.m.

Chicago at Elmhurst 6:00 p.m.

 

HEAD COACH ROB CUSHMAN

Rob Cushman is in his second season as the head coach of the Augustana football program. He has spent the 2008-10 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

2

8

.200

2

5

.286

Augustana

2012

0

2

.000

0

0

.000

Augustana

Augustana Totals

2

10

.167

2

5

.286

 

CAREER

54

62

.466

 

 

 

 

 

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

2

8

.200

2

5

.286

 

0-3

2-3

0-2

2-4

0-4

2012

0

2

.000

0

0

.000

 

0-2

0-0

0-0

0-0

0-2

CAREER

2

10

.167

2

5

.286

 

0-5

2-3

0-2

2-4

0-6

 

 

CUSHMAN AGAINST THE OPPOSITION

TEAM

GAMES

W

L

FIRST MEETING

LAST MEETING

Adrian

1

0

1

2011 - L (14-17)

 

Carthage

1

1

0

2011 - W (19-13)

 

Central

2

0

2

2011 - L (23-31)

2012 - L (10-17)

Dubuque

2

0

2

2011 - L (13-18)

2012 - L (21-39)

Elmhurst

1

0

1

2011 - L (27-28)

 

Illinois Wesleyan

1

0

1

2011 - L (12-34)

 

Millikin

1

0

1

2011 - L (27-30)

 

North Central

1

0

1

2011 - L (3-24)

 

North Park

1

1

0

2011 - W (27-24)

 

Wheaton

1

0

1

2011 - L (7-36)

 

  

  

2012 AUGUSTANA FOOTBALL TWO DEEP

Prior to game with Loras on 09/15/12

POS

NO

NAME

HT

WT

YR

HOMETOWN/HIGH SCHOOL

OFFENSE

WR

88

Nick Krantz

6-1

195

Jr

Moline, Ill. (Moline)

82

Josh Ryon

6-3

190

Sr

Evergreen, Colo. (Evergreen)

WR

6

Torre Harrell

6-2

170

So

Bloomington, Ill. (Bloomington)

83

Derek Schneeman

6-2

200

Sr

Streator, Ill. (Streator)

TE

48

Sean Mulholland

6-3

250

Jr

Clinton, Iowa (Clinton)

86

Marty Resner

6-2

245

Sr

Montgomery, Ill. (Oswego)

OT

72

Mike Kautz

6-4

250

Sr

East Moline, Ill. (Rock Island Alleman)

67

Eric Link

6-2

265

Jr

Aledo, Ill. (Sherrard)

OG

74

Derek King

6-1

290

Sr

New Boston, Ill. (Westmer)

65

Jon Losen

6-2

275

So

Morton, Ill. (Morton)

OC

62

Eric Dratnol

6-1

250

Jr

Montgomery, Ill. (Kaneland)

75

Dan Gregg

6-2

255

Jr

Prospect heights, Ill. (Hersey)

OG

63

Trace Wingo

6-2

285

Jr

Crystal Lake, Ill. (South)

78

Greg Ferguson

6-2

280

So

Plainfield, Ill. (South)

OT

56

Anthony Roome

6-2

280

So

Geneseo, Ill. (Geneseo)

66

Kevon Rivers

6-2

270

Sr

Chicago, Ill. (Uplift Community)

SLOT

87

Kyle Frake

6-0

200

So

Clifton, Ill. (Clifton Central)

24

Evan Zeddies

6-3

210

Fr

Batavia, Ill. (Batavia)

SLOT

13

Kyle Snow

5-7

165

Jr

Wheaton, Ill. (Wheaton-Warrenville South)

5

Sean Fitzgerald

5-10

150

Fr

Manhattan, Ill. (Providence Catholic)

QB

10

Nick Welch

6-3

210

Sr

Oswego, Ill. (Oswego)

15

Ken Clay

5-11

195

Jr

Naperville, Ill. (Waubonsie Valley)

RB

29

Eric Chandler

5-9

210

Jr

Cary, Ill. (Cary-Grove)

32

Brett McWilliams

6-2

225

Sr

Roscoe, Ill. (Rockton-Hononegah)

DEFENSE

OLB

3

Robby Mago

5-9

180

Sr

Cary, Ill. (Cary-Grove)

22

Joe Spindler

6-0

205

Sr

Rockton, Ill. (Rockton-Hononegah)

DE

49

Shane Holl

6-2

255

Sr

North Aurora, Ill. (Batavia)

53

Don Cundari

6-2

230

Sr

Oak Park, Ill. (Fenwick)

NT

99

Carl Hartweg

6-3

280

Jr

Carthage, Ill. (Illini West)

54

Will Hass

6-3

250

Jr

Algonquin, Ill. (Marian Central Catholic)

DE

57

Sean McIntyre

6-2

245

So

Genoa, Ill. (Genoa-Kingston)

43

Ryan Coleman

6-3

250

Jr

Carol Stream, Ill. (Wheaton North)

ILB

45

Joe Weber

6-2

240

Sr

South Elgin, Ill. (Marmion Academy)

51

Andrew O'Reilly

6-0

230

Sr

Elgin, Ill. (Driscoll Catholic)

ILB

47

John Draminski

6-0

230

Sr

Kewanee, Ill. (Wethersfield)

55

James Stratton

6-0

220

Jr

Sherrard, Ill. (Sherrard)

MLB

41

Erik Westerberg

6-3

210

Jr

Elmhurst, Ill. (York)

81

Ryan Plunket

6-0

190

Jr

Wheaton, Ill. (Benet Academy)

Or

52

Austin Lewis

6-2

220

Fr

Batavia, Ill. (Batavia)

OLB

42

Mike O'Donoghue

6-1

205

Jr

Mundelein, Ill. (Mundelein)

  

5

Caleb Nickels

5-10

190

So

Northridge, Calif. (Sierra Canyon)

CB

27

Matt Glawe

5-10

200

Sr

Winfield, Ill. (Wheaton-Warrenville South)

  

30

Justin Gruca

5-8

190

Jr

Wilmington, Ill. (Wilmington)

CB

7

Sean Walker

5-10

190

Jr

Annawan, Ill. (Annawan)

  

17

Ben Fornek

5-11

180

So

Batavia, Ill. (Batavia)

FS

31

Bo Goshorn

6-2

190

So

Romeoville, Ill. (Romeoville)

23

Tim Maroder

5-10

195

So

Elgin, Ill. (Burlington Central)

Or

28

Cameron Bokowy

5-11

185

Fr

Algonquin, Ill. (Jacobs)

SPECIALIST

KICKER

16

Brady Rogers

5-11

165

So

Parker, Colo. (Cherokee Trail)

PUNTER

33

Arnie Fitzwater

6-3

215

Sr

Waterford, Wis. (Waterford Union)

PUNT RETURN

13

Kyle Snow

5-7

165

Jr

Wheaton, Ill. (Wheaton-Warrenville South)

7

Sean Walker

5-10

190

Jr

Annawan, Ill. (Annawan)

KICK RETURN

88

Nick Krantz

6-1

195

Jr

Moline, Ill. (Moline)

34

Ben Hodges

5-8

195

So

Elburn, Ill. (St. Charles North)

SNAPPER

86

Marty Resner

6-2

245

Sr

Montgomery, Ill. (Oswego)

HOLDER

13

Kyle Snow

5-7

165

Jr

Wheaton, Ill. (Wheaton-Warrenville South)

  

2012 LORAS FOOTBALL TWO DEEP 

POS

NO

NAME

HT

WT

YR

HOMETOWN/HIGH SCHOOL

OFFENSE

WR

16

CJ Daniels

6-3

190

So

Richmond, Ill. (Richmond Burton)

4

Joe Walker

6-0

175

So

Glenwood, Ill. (Marian Catholic)

WR

1

Brendan Oates

6-3

195

So

Chicago, Ill. (St. Patrick)

8

Nate Even

5-11

185

So

Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Xavier)

TE

82

Kyle Killian

6-2

250

Sr

Joliet, Ill. (Joliet Catholic)

15

Tom Zoeckler

6-1

210

So

Iowa City, Iowa (Iowa City High)

LT

71

Michael Donnelly

6-3

285

Sr

Park Ridge, Ill. (St. Ignatius)

74

Dan Murray

6-5

265

Jr

Park Ridge, Ill. (Maine South)

LG

76

Nick Holeton

6-4

285

Sr

Pecatonica, Ill. (Pecatonica)

75

Eli Eastman

5-10

230

Sr

Kewanee, Ill. (Wethersfield)

C

50

Sam Ross

6-3

250

Sr

Epworth, Iowa (Western Dubuque)

54

Nick Estrada

5-10

235

Sr

Chicago, Ill. (De LaSalle)

RG

62

Andrew McFadden

6-6

345

Sr

Cedar Falls, Iowa (Cedar Falls)

70

Mike Lowry

5-11

240

So

Orland Park, Ill. (Sandburg)

RT

67

Alex Lehmann

6-3

245

Sr

Peosta, Iowa (Western Dubuque)

72

Chris Fabian

6-5

330

Jr

Joliet, Ill. (Plainfield South)

QB

3

Dylan Jones

6-0

210

So

Bettendorf, Iowa (Bettendorf)

10

Sean Brennan

6-0

190

Jr

Lake Villa, Ill. (Grayslake North)

RB

44

Ryan Baez

5-11

200

Sr

Muskego, Wis. (Catholic Memorial)

2

Javan Aimable

5-4

175

Jr

Waterloo, Iowa (Waterloo West)

FB

45

Kyle Berquist

6-0

225

Jr

McHenry, Ill. (McHenry Community)

40

Collin Curry

6-1

240

Fr

Freeport, Ill. (Aquin Catholic)

DEFENSE

DE

92

Aaron Strong

6-0

255

Sr

Elgin, Iowa (Valley Community)

65

Carson Smith

6-2

215

Fr

Monee, Ill. (Joliet Catholic)

DT

56

Patrick Wiedow-Hagene

5-11

245

Fr

Warrenville, Ill. (Wheaton Warrenville South)

93

Rob Anderson

6-4

245

So

Hillsboro, Wis. (Hillsboro)

DT

98

Kyle Kirchoff

5-10

270

Sr

Hanover Park, Ill. (Bartlett)

66

Mike Wuertzer

5-10

245

Sr

Peosta, Iowa (Western Dubuque)

DE

58

Reid Mahoney

6-2

210

Fr

Waukon, Iowa (Waukon)

9

Jasper Henderson

6-5

245

Sr

Galena, Ill. (Galena)

LB

38

Tucker Brady

5-9

170

So

Dixon, Ill. (Newman Central Catholic)

41

Jeffrey Fredricks

6-0

185

So

Evergreen Park, Ill. (Evergreen Park)

LB

31

Brandon Ronan

6-0

210

Sr

Waukon, Iowa (Waukon)

46

Logan Kuehl

5-11

215

Fr

Morrison, Ill. (Morrison)

LB

97

Dan Badovinac

5-10

210

Sr

Inverness, Ill. (Loyola)

49

Chris Loeffl

6-1

200

So

Grayslake, Ill. (Grayslake Central)

CB

5

Dave Pirkle

6-0

160

Jr

Frankfort, Ill. (Marist)

25

Zach Munro

5-8

165

Fr

Sycamore, Ill. (Sycamore)

S

27

Sam Burds

6-0

185

Fr

Epworth, Iowa (Western Dubuque)

6

Mike Cannevello

6-0

160

Sr

McHenry, Ill. (McHenry)

S

28

Tim Mikeworth

6-0

185

Fr

Woodridge, Ill. (Montini)

27

Sam Burds

6-0

185

Fr

Epworth, Iowa (Western Dubuque)

CB

6

Mike Cannevello

6-0

160

Sr

McHenry, Ill. (McHenry)

26

Grant Meyer

5-10

165

Fr

Wheaton, Ill. (Wheaton Warrenville South)

SPECIALIST

KO

33

Tyler Wilker

6-3

180

Sr

Dubuque, Iowa (Wahlert Catholic)

PK

33

Tyler Wilker

6-3

180

Sr

Dubuque, Iowa (Wahlert Catholic)

P

18

Nick Nunley

6-0

185

Jr

Homer Glen, Ill. (Lockport Township)

 

2012 AUGUSTANA VIKINGS STATISTICAL HIGHLIGHTS  

CATEGORY

NUMBER

OPPONENT

DATE

Individual Offense

 

 

 

Most Points

6 - 4 times

 

 

Most Points Kicking

4 - Brady Rogers

Central

09/08/12

Most Touchdowns

1 - 4 times

 

 

Most Extra Points

3 - Brady Rogers

Dubuque

09/01/12

Most Yards Total Offense

138 - Nick Welch

Central

09/08/12

Most Yards Rushing

56 - Nick Welch

Dubuque

09/01/12

Most Rushing Attempts

8 - Nick Welch

Dubuque

09/01/12

Most Yards Passing

141 - Nick Welch

Central

09/08/12

Most Pass Attempts

16 - Nick Welch

Dubuque

09/01/12

Most Pass Completions

6 - Nick Welch

Dubuque

09/01/12

Most Yards Receiving

61 - Eric Chandler

Central

09/08/12

Most Pass Receptions

3 - Nick Krantz

Central

09/08/12

 

 

 

 

Team Offense

 

 

 

Most Points

21

Dubuque

09/01/12

Most Touchdowns

3

Dubuque

09/01/12

Most Total Yards

236

Dubuque

09/01/12

Most Yards Rushing

176

Dubuque

09/01/12

Most Yards Passing

147

Central

09/08/12

Most Passing Attempts

20

Central

09/08/12

Most Completions

8

Central

09/08/12

Most First Downs Total

13

Dubuque

09/01/12

Most First Downs Rushing

5

Twice

 

Most First Downs Passing

4

Twice

 

Most First Downs Penalty

4

Dubuque

09/01/12

Most Rushes

33

Dubuque

09/01/12

Most Plays

51

Central

09/08/12

 

 

 

 

Individual Defense

 

 

 

Most Total Tackles

18 - Erik Westerberg

Dubuque

09/01/12

Most Solo Tackles

8 - Erik Westerberg

Dubuque

09/01/12

Most Assisted Tackles

10 - Erik Westerberg

Dubuque

09/01/12

Most Interceptions

1 - Bo Goshorn

Central

09/08/12

Most Fumble Recoveries

1 - Erik Westerberg

Dubuque

09/01/12

Most Quarterback Sacks

1.5 - Sean McIntyre

Dubuque

09/01/12

Most Tackles for Loss

2.5 - Sean McIntyre

Dubuque

09/01/12

 

 

 

 

Team Defense

 

 

 

Fewest Points

17

Central

09/08/12

Fewe

72

Central

09/08/12

Fewest Rushing Attempts

48

Dubuque

09/01/12

Fewest Total Yards

317

Central

09/08/12

Fewest Rushing Yards

179

Central

09/08/12

Fewest Passing Yards

138

Central

09/08/12

Fewest Pass Completions

11

Central

09/08/12

Most Interceptions

1

Central

09/08/12

Most Fumble Recoveries

1

Twice

 

Fewest Total First Downs

16

Central

09/08/12

Fewest Rushing First Downs

10

Central

09/08/12

Fewest Passing First Downs

6

Central

09/08/12

Fewest Penalty First Downs

0

Central

09/08/12