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October 1, 2009

2009 Season - Elmhurst comes in for CCIW Opener

Coming off a bye week, the Augustana Vikings head into CCIW action against an undefeated Elmhurst Bluejay squad Saturday, October 3 at 1:00 p.m. at Ericson Field. Prior to the off week, the Vikings recorded an impressive 31-12 win over UW-Platteville.

This week’s opponent comes in at 3-0 after posting non-conference wins over Benedictine (24-14), Olivet (17-9) and the University of Chicago (31-6). Augustana enters Saturday’s contest at 2-1, with home wins over Greenville (42-20) and UW-Platteville following a season-opening loss at Coe (9-7).

The Elmhurst offense has shown tremendous balance through its first three games, averaging 362.3 yards per game split almost evenly between rushing and passing. Junior quarterback Phil Pedi has connected on 66.1% of his pass attempts for 451 yards and three touchdowns against two interceptions. Freshman running back Jimmy Jenkins has been the leading ground gainer with 213 rushing yards and an average of 6.1 yards per carry. Another freshman, Scottie Williams, is Elmhurst’s second leading rusher with 128 yards. He and Pedi have each scored a pair of touchdowns rushing. Senior wide out Blake Veldhuis is the leading receiver for the Bluejays with 10 catches for 124 yards and three scores. Williams is second on the team with eight catches for 68 yards.

Defensively, Elmhurst has allowed an average of just 9.7 points and 81.7 rushing yards per game (2.5 per carry). Linebackers Randy Wright, a senior, and Brandon Jones, a junior, are the leading Bluejay tacklers with 20 each. Wright also leads the team with 4.5 tackles for loss while Jones and freshman corner Jamall Lane are tied for the team high with two interceptions each.

For Augustana, Viking sophomore David Lee (Springfield HS, Springfield, Ill.)continues to develop at the quarterback position. After connecting on a season-high 17-of-26 passes against UW-Platteville for 144 yards, Lee has now thrown for 396 yards on the season while completing 61.3% of his passes. He’s thrown for three touchdowns and has been intercepted just once in 67 attempts. His passer rating stands at 122.6. He was named the CCIW’s Offensive Player of the Week following the Vikings’ win over Greenville.

As usual, the Viking running game has been very productive. Augustana is averaging 201.0 yards per game on the ground and 4.9 yards a carry. Junior Robert Wood (Rockford Boylan HS, Loves Park, Ill.) has been the leader with 227 yards and three touchdowns while averaging 5.5 yards per carry. In addition to his passing, Lee has proven to be a threat with his legs as well. His 150 yards (5.0 yards per carry) are second on the team. Sophomore speedster A.J. Hoger (Cary-Grove HS, Cary, Ill.) has provided an excellent change of pace at running back and has produced 110 rushing yards and a team-best 6.1 yards per carry. Versatile senior Jake Parke (St. Joseph-Ogden HS, St. Joseph, Ill.), in addition to leading the team in pass receptions, has added 106 yards to the Viking ground game with an average of 5.6 yards per carry and a pair of touchdowns.

Parke has been Lee’s favorite target. His 14 catches lead the team. Senior Matt Downing (Morton HS, Morton, Ill.) has been the best downfield threat, leading the Vikings with 131 yards on eight catches, good for an average of 16.4 yards per reception. Junior Corbett Ball (Buffalo Grove HS, Arlington Heights, Ill.)with seven catches for 63 yards, and senior Henry Deters (Unity HS, Tolono, Ill.)with six catches for 97 yards, have been the other top receiving threats. Like Downing, each has one touchdown catch.

On defense, the Vikings have been especially outstanding against the run in the early going. Through three games, Augustana opponents have managed an average of just 72.3 yards per game and 2.3 yards per carry. They’ve reached the end zone only twice on the ground. Through the air the opposition has been slightly more successful, averaging 201.0 yards per game, but the Vikings have intercepted seven of their opponents’ passes while allowing only two touchdowns.

Individually, senior linebacker Aaron Setchell (Amboy HS, Amboy, Ill.) has spearheaded the Viking defense. He not only leads the team with 23 tackles, but in interceptions with two, and scored a touchdown on a 22-yard fumble return against Greenville. In addition, he was the CCIW Defensive Player of the Week following Augustana’s win over UW-Platteville. Junior linebacker Brandon Holl (Batavia HS, Batavia, Ill.) is right on Setchell’s heels with 22 tackles, including a team-high three for 18 yards in losses. He’s tied with senior middle guard Jeff Daisy (Thornton Fractional South HS, Lansing, Ill.) for the team lead with 1½ sacks. Senior linebacker Andrew Rosset (Maine West HS, Des Plaines, Ill.) has been terrific as well. Rosset is third on the team in tackles with 17, including two for loss, and came up with huge plays each of the last two weeks, intercepting a pass in the end zone at a key point in the game against Greenville, and blocking a punt against UW-Platteville which he then recovered for a touchdown.

INDIVIDUAL HONORS: Augustana’s David Lee and Aaron Setchell have each won Player of the Week honors in the CCIW this year. Lee, a sophomore quarterback, won the award on offense after completing 16-of-25 passes for 161 yards in his first career start against Greenville on September 12. He not only threw for two touchdowns in the Vikings’ 42-20 win, but also had a 73-yard touchdown run and totaled 83 yards rushing on 12 carries.

Setchell, a senior linebacker/defensive back won the league’s Player of the Week award on the defensive side of the ball for his performance in Augustana’s 31-12 win over UW-Platteville on September 19. Setchell recorded a team-high 10 tackles in the game and had a key interception that set up a Viking touchdown just before halftime.

UNDEFEATED BLUEJAYS: This is the fourth consecutive season that Elmhurst heads into the matchup with Augustana undefeated. The Vikings hope to continue a trend that has seen them hand the Bluejays their first loss in each of the last three seasons by scores of 28-14, 28-7 and 42-6, respectively.

HUGE NUMBERS: Elmhurst Head Coach Tim Lester, in his second season at the Bluejay helm, was a prolific passer as a player at Western Michigan University. When his career with the Broncos ended, he held 17 school records and was the fifth leading passer in NCAA history with 11,299 yards. In addition, his 89 touchdown passes were the seventh most in NCAA history at the time. Lester also played professionally in the Arena League and XFL.


Vikings improve to 2-1 with a 31-12 win over Wisconsin-Platteville

ROCK ISLAND, Illinois – Augustana scored all 31 of its points in just over one quarter of play and cruised to a 31-12 win over the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Pioneers Saturday night at Ericson field. Seventeen of those points came in a crucial three minute and 35 second stretch at the end of the first half and beginning of the second half.

After forcing an Augustana punt on its opening possession, the Pioneers went to work on offense from their own 42-yard line. They painstakingly marched 51 yards in 18 plays, taking 8:39 off the clock before settling for a 24-yard Tony Smidl field goal. The Pioneers successfully converted three fourth-and-one situations on the drive before deciding on the field goal when confronted with a fourth-and-three at the Augustana seven. The Vikings were forced to punt and lost a fumble on their next two possessions, respectively, and the first quarter ended 3-0, Pioneers.

After forcing a Platteville punt early in the second period, Augustana took over on its own 11 and proceeded to march 89 yards in 15 plays for the go-ahead touchdown. Quarterback David Lee (Springfield HS, Springfield, Ill.) completed four passes on the drive and had a key 12-yard keeper as well. Jake Parke (St. Joseph-Ogden HS, St. Joseph, Ill.) capped the drive with a 2-yard run and the Vikings led 7-3 with 7:11 left in the half.

Each team was forced to punt on its next possession and UW-Platteville took over at its own 18 with two minutes left. On the second play of the drive, Augustana’s Aaron Setchell (Amboy HS, Amboy, Ill.) made a diving interception of a Nick Anderson pass setting the Vikings up with great field possession at the Pioneer 30. Augustana made them pay when Lee connected with Henry Deters (Unity HS, Tolono, Ill.) for a 30-yard touchdown pass on the next play, giving the Vikings a 14-3 lead. Platteville then took over at its own 32 with 1:18 left in the half and on the very first play the Vikings came up with another interception. This time it was Mack Gray (Simeon HS, Chicago, Ill.) with the pick, setting the Vikings up at the Platteville 40 with 1:13 left in the half. Eight plays later, Augustana faced a 4 th-and goal at the Pioneer two and decided to take the field goal. Ryan Gibbons (Richwoods HS, Peoria, Ill.) 20-yard kick gave the Vikings a 17-3 halftime lead.

Platteville managed just a negative two yards on its first possession of the second half and were forced to punt from deep in its own territory. The Vikings’ Andrew Rosset (Maine West HS, Des Plaines, Ill.) came around the right end on the play and blocked Zak Brinkman’s punt into the end zone where he was able to fall on it for another Augustana touchdown and a 24-3 lead.

After forcing another Platteville thee-and-out, the Vikings scored on their fourth consecutive possession when Robert Wood (Rockford Boylan HS, Loves Park, Ill.) went 10 yards around left end for a touchdown, capping an eight-play, 57 yard drive and pushing the score to 31-3 with 8:40 left in the third quarter. That score completed a stretch that saw the Vikings score 31 points in 15 minutes and 51 seconds.

Mitch Shadley replaced Anderson at quarterback for the Pioneers and led the team on a scoring drive that culminated with a 19-yard Shadley to Jimmy Spehn touchdown pass on the first play of the fourth quarter. The final score of the night came when Viking punter Alex Schroeder (Batavia HS, Batavia, Ill.) took an intentional safety with 1:08 left to make the final Augustana 31, UW-Platteville 12.

The Vikings were solid in all three phases. They used a balanced offensive attack with 180 yards rushing and 144 passing. Defensively, they allowed just 29 rushing yards to the Pioneers on 21 carries. While Platteville did manage 290 yards through the air, many of those came late with the outcome already decided and Augustana picked off five Pioneer passes. Rosset’s blocked punt highlighted a fine performance by the Viking special teams as well.

Individually, Lee completed 17-of-26 passes for 144 yards and one touchdown. Wood was the leading ground gainer with 78 yards on 18 carries while A.J. Hoger (Cary-Grove HS, Cary, Ill.) added 68 yards on 10 carries. Parke had five catches for 21 yards and Deters had 73 yards on four catches. Defensively, Setchell recorded a team-high 10 tackles in addition to his interception. In addition to Setchell and Gray, Schroeder, Andrew Schweitzer (Wheaton North HS, Wheaton, Ill.) and Aaron Kwasigroch (Carmel HS, Wauconda, Ill.) each had interceptions as well.

The Vikings are off next week and return to action on October 3 when they will host the Elmhurst Bluejays at 1:00 p.m. The weekend of the third will also be “Family Weekend” at Augustana.






September 5


Cedar Rapids, Iowa

L, 9-7

September 12



W, 42-20

September 19



W, 31-12

October 3



1:00 p.m.


Family Weekend



October 10


Wheaton, Illinois

1:00 p.m.

October 17

*Illinois Wesleyan


1:00 p.m.





October 24



6:00 p.m.

October 31

*North Park

Chicago, Illinois

1:00 p.m.

November 7

*North Central


1:00 p.m.

November 14


Decatur, Illinois

1:00 p.m.


  • - College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin game

AUGUSTANA-ELMHURST SERIES RECORD: Augustana 50, Elmhurst 3 with one tie through 2008 season

SERIES NOTES : Elmhurst has not beaten Augustana since a 28-6 win in Rock Island in 1979… Since that time the two teams have met 29 times with Augustana winning 28 and the 1986 game ending in a 0-0 tie …Overall, the Vikings hold a huge 50-3-1 lead in this series…Augustana scored six shutouts against the Bluejays in eight meetings between 1984 and 1991…Since 1990, a total of 18 games, the Vikings have scored 796 points, an average of 44.2 points per game…Last year Augustana won 42-6 at Elmhurst.


SCORING (Running Record)



AUG 21, ELM 6 (1-0)



AUG 44, ELM 7 (2-0)



AUG 54, ELM 0 (3-0)



ELM 7, AUG 6 (3-1)

Rockford, IL


AUG 14, ELM 0 (4-1)



AUG 14, ELM 6(5-1)



AUG 20, ELM 6 (6-1)



AUG 26, ELM 12 (7-1)



AUG 37, ELM 7 (8-1)



AUG 49, ELM 0 (9-1)



AUG 20 ELM 12 (10-1)



AUG 42, ELM 0 (11-1)



AUG 60, ELM 0 (12-1)



AUG 41, ELM 14 (13-1)



AUG 17, ELM 13 (14-1)



ELM 37, AUG 13 (14-2)



AUG 22, ELM 6 (15-2)



AUG 32, ELM 22 (16-2)



AUG 30, ELM 6 (17-2)



AUG 45, ELM 19 (18-2)



AUG 69, ELM 14 (19-2)



AUG 49, ELM 6 (20-2)



AUG 41, ELM 19 (21-2)



AUG 16, ELM 13 (22-2)



ELM 28, AUG 6 (22-3)



AUG 22, ELM 14 (23-3)



AUG 35, ELM 8 (24-3)



AUG 27, ELM 24 (25-3)



AUG 23,ELM 16 (26-3)



AUG 21, ELM 0 (27-3)



AUG 35, ELM 0 (28-3)



AUG 0, ELM 0 tie (28-3-1)



AUG 38, ELM 3 (29-3-1)



AUG 21, ELM 7 (30-3-1)



AUG 37, ELM 0 (31-3-1)



AUG 41, ELM 0 (32-3-1)



AUG 62, ELM 0 (33-3-1)



AUG 46, ELM 14 (34-3-1)



AUG 46, ELM 13 (35-3-1)



AUG 34, ELM 6 (36-3-1)



AUG 35, ELM 7 (37-3-1)



AUG 40, ELM 7 (38-3-1)



AUG 50, ELM 14 (39-3-1)



AUG 22, ELM 0 (40-3-1)



AUG 40, ELM 6 (41-3-1)



AUG 49, ELM 31 (42-3-1)



AUG 62, ELM 0 (43-3-1)



AUG 58, ELM 0 (44-3-1)



AUG 28, ELM 21 (45-3-1)



AUG 49, ELM 27 (46-3-1)



AUG 64, ELM 42 (47-3-1)



AUG 28, ELM 7 (48-3-1)



AUG 28, ELM 7 (49-3-1)



AUG 42, ELM 6 (50-3-1)




Vikings continue football mastery of Bluejays; Beat Elmhurst 42-6 to open CCIW season; Jim Barnes collects 100 th collegiate coaching victory

ELMHURST, Ill. – Using a combination of precision on offense and a stifling presence on defense, the Augustana Vikings opened the College Conference e of Illinois & Wisconsin season with an impressive 42-6 victory over Elmhurst on Saturday, October 4 at Langhorst Field in Elmhurst, Illinois. The win gave Augustana head coach Jim Barnes his 100 th collegiate coaching victory and it continued the Vikings longstanding mastery of the Bluejays.

Barnes, who is currently in his ninth season at Augustana, now has an overall college coaching record of 100-37. He is 63-24 at his alma mater and before that he was 37-13 in five seasons (1995-99) at the College of Wooster. The Vikings now hold a 50-3-1 series lead over Elmhurst and the Bluejays have not won between the two teams since 1979, 29 games ago. The 1986 game ended in a 0-0 tie so between 1979 and the present, Augustana is 28-0-1 against Elmhurst. This is the third straight year that these two teams have opened the league season and in all three games the Bluejays came in with a 3-0 record.

This was just the kind of start that Barnes was hoping for as his team entered CCIW play. It was a total combination of offense and defense as both units played big roles in the victory. On offense, quarterback Tim Podulka (Elk Grove HS, Elk Grove Village, Ill.) led the way as he had 254 of the Vikings’ 405 yards of total offense. He rushed for 60 yards on 16 attempts and completed 15 of 18 passes for 194 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

The defense held Elmhurst to just 26 rushing yards on 25 attempts and only 285 yards of total offense for the afternoon. The big story however was the fact that Augustana force four turnovers. Of the Bluejays final six possessions, four of them ended on turnovers (three interceptions and one fumble). Late in the first quarter Augustana began a drive on its own eight yard line in a scoreless game. After a false start that pushed them back to the four, the Vikings went 92 yards (actually 96 with the penalty factored in) on seven plays before Podulka scored on a 10 yard run on a third and three situation. The big play was on the second play of the drive when Podulka hit Jason Kwasigroch (Carmel HS, Wauconda, Ill.) for 69 yards that put the ball on the Elmhurst 27. Phil Prosia (Mountain Vista HS, Littleton, Colo.) connected on the first of six straight extra points and Augustana led 7-0 with just :38 left in the first stanza.

Podulka connected on a seven yard scoring toss, his first of the season, to Henry Deters (Tolono-Unity HS, Tolono, Ill.) with just 1:17 left before halftime and Prosia made it 14-0. That is the way the score stood at intermission. In the third quarter Josh Galliart (Orion HS, Orion, Ill.) banged over from two yards out to cap a 10 play, 80 yard drive that pushed the lead to 21-0.

Elmhurst answered that score with a 58 yard, 10 play drive that ended when quarterback Chris Kudyba scored on a 14 yard run. The extra point attempt failed, however, and with 4:37 left in the third, the margin was 21-6. The Bluejays forced a three and out on the Augustana offense and started a drive into Viking territory. Kudyba was intercepted by safety Brad Monier (Bureau Valley HS, Walnut, Ill.) at the five and Monier returned it 11 yards to the 16 to end the threat.

At the start of the fourth quarter the Augustana defense came up with another big play as Jake Snider (Troy-Triad HS, Troy, Ill.) sacked Kudyba at the Elmhurst 33, forced and recovered the fumble himself. With the short field it only took the Vikings four plays to travel 33 yards with Jake Parke (St. Joseph-Ogden HS, St. Joseph, Ill.) scoring from eight yards out. Parke accounted for all 33 yards in the drive, 21 by rushing and 12 by receiving. The defense continued to turn up the volume. Cornerback Billy Lynch (Loyola Academy, Chicago, Ill.) intercepted Kudyba at the Bluejay 34 and returned it 29 yards to the five with 7:19 left in the game. Deters scored his second touchdown of the game, this one on a five yard run, to make it 35-6 with 6:33 left.

Ben Hall (University HS, Normal, Ill.) picked off Kudyba at the Augie 42 and returned it five yards to the 47 with 4:11 left to play. Reserve quarterback Stephen McGough (Moline HS, Moline, Ill.) rushed 41 yards on the first play to put the ball on the 12 and Robert Wood (Rockford Boylan HS, Rockford, Ill.) scored on a 12 yard run with 3:29 left to play to account for the final score.

Kudyba completed 25 of 44 passes but not only did the Vikings intercept him three times, but they also sacked him eight times for 47 yards of losses. Andrew Schweitzer (Wheaton North HS, Wheaton, Ill.) led the team in tackles with seven and Eric Smith (Flanagan HS, Flanagan, Ill.) had three quarterback sacks and Snider had two.