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October 28, 2009

2009 Season - Big win over Carthage, Vikings head to North Park

After putting together one of its best all-around performances of the year in a 42-20 win over Carthage, the Augustana football team heads to Chicago this Saturday for a meeting with the Vikings of North Park University. North Park comes into the contest 1-6 overall and 0-4 in CCIW play, while Augustana stands at 4-3 overall and 2-2 in conference action.

Coming on the heels of two tough losses, the win over Carthage was huge. After struggling with its ground game in a 24-17 loss at Wheaton, and through the air in a 7-0 homecoming loss to Illinois Wesleyan, the Augustana offense was outstanding in both respects this past Saturday. The running back tandem of sophomore A.J. Hoger (Cary-Grove HS, Cary, Ill.) and junior Robert Wood (Rockford Boylan HS, Loves Park, Ill.) each went over the 100-yard mark as the Vikings rushed for a season-high 307 yards. Sophomore quarterback David Lee (Springfield HS, Springfield, Ill.) got back on track, connecting on 16-of-22 passes for 138 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He added 33 yards and a touchdown rushing as well.

Defensively, Augustana was able to handle a Carthage offense that was averaging almost 400 passing yards and 36.5 points a game and set six CCIW single-game records the previous week. Red Men quarterback Evan Jones, who had passed for over 1,000 yards in the previous two games, did throw for 327 yards, but Augustana’s containment strategy worked beautifully, allowing just six points through the first three quarters. Aaron Setchell (Amboy HS, Amboy, Ill.) led the defense with a season-high 19 tackles and three pass break-ups. The Vikings also forced three Carthage turnovers in the game. The offense did its part as well by keeping Jones & Co. off the field with a 35-to-25 minute advantage in time of possession.

Not to be left out, the Viking special teams unit contributed significantly also. Andrew Rosset (Maine West HS, Des Plaines, Ill.) blocked a Carthage punt late in the first half which Setchell recovered for a touchdown. Alex Schroeder (Batavia HS, Batavia, Ill.) blocked an extra point as well. The special teams also averaged 31.0 yards per kickoff return, 29.0 yards per punt return and thwarted a Red Men field goal attempt in the contest.

Saturday’s game continued an outstanding season-long performance by Augustana’s defense. The Vikings are giving up just 13.6 points per game on the year. They’re allowing only 89.7 yards a game rushing and just 2.8 yards per carry. They’ve also forced 20 turnovers while surrendering just 295.7 total yards per game.

Setchell and Rosset have been big playmakers for the Vikings all year. Setchell leads the team with 59 tackles and is fourth in the CCIW in that category. He’s also recorded a pair of interceptions and fumble recoveries each. Rosset is tied with Eric Meyer (Harlem HS, Machesney Park, Ill.) for second on the team with 43 tackles and has constantly been in the middle of the action with 5½ tackles for loss, two sacks, three interceptions, a fumble recovery and two blocked punts, each of which were recovered for touchdowns—one by Rosset himself. Viking middle guard Jeff Daisy (Thornton Fractional South HS, Lansing, Ill.) leads the team with eight tackles for loss and five sacks and is the CCIW leader in the latter category. Shane Holl (Batavia HS, North Aurora, Ill.) leads the conference with two forced fumbles.

Offensively, the Vikings are averaging 178.0 yards a game rushing and 130.7 through the air. They’re putting up an average of 22.9 points per contest. Wood, who leads the CCIW in rushing, has run for 581 yards and seven touchdowns on 112 carries, an average of 5.2 yards per carry. Hoger, after a breakout performance against Carthage, has 236 yards and an average of 6.2 yards a carry. Lee has now connected on 90-of-149 passes (.604) for 900 yards and six touchdowns. He’s been intercepted five times. Jake Parke (St.Joseph-Ogden HS, St. Joseph, Ill.) has rushed for 158 yards and a 5.3 average and leads the team in pass receptions with 32 for 266 yards.

This Saturday’s opponent, North Park, has struggled since a season-opening win over Carroll. The Vikings, who are looking for their first win in CCIW play since the 2000 season, are averaging 11.6 points per game while allowing an average of 41.6.

Senior quarterback Shelby Wood leads the North Park offense. He has completed 48.5% of his passes this year for 852 yards. He’s thrown for seven touchdowns and has been intercepted just three times. Wood has spread the wealth among his receivers with Sam Cochiaro (16 catches for 150 yards), Sam Lialios (16-120), Chris Anton (15-302, 4 touchdowns) and Evan Christiansen (15-240-3) being the primary targets. North Park’s rushing offense has produced just 74.3 yards a game and 2.1 yards per carry. Junior running back Rakim Jones is the team’s leading ground gainer with 187 yards. He averages 3.3 yards a carry and has scored the Vikings’ only rushing touchdown of the season. North Park has averaged 131.9 yards a game through the air for a total offense figure of 206.1 yards per game.

Defensively, North Park has allowed an average of 463.3 total yards a game with 279.7 of that coming on the ground. Opponents are averaging 6.1 yards per carry. Junior defensive back Nick Pantaleo is the team’s leading tackler with 84 stops and also leads the CCIW in that category.

One area where North Park has been particularly dangerous is on kickoff returns. Freshman Michael Lee has averaged 26.6 yards on 17 returns while junior teammate Calvin Gant has brought back five kicks for a 34.4 average. Each has returned a kickoff for a touchdown.


Augustana rebounds with win over Carthage

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. – A 21-point outburst over a seven-and-a-half minute stretch in the second quarter keyed a 42-20 Augustana win over Carthage Saturday night at Ericson Field. The Vikings got tremendous contributions in all three phases of the game as the defense slowed the high-powered Red Men aerial attack, the offense produced 445 total yards and the special teams unit blocked a pair of kicks including one for a touchdown. Augustana improves to 4-3 overall and 2-2 in the CCIW while Carthage falls to 4-3 overall and 1-3 in league play.

The win continues Augustana’s domination of the Red Men at home. The last Carthage win in Rock Island occurred in 1970 at Rock Island Public Schools Stadium. The Red Men haven’t won at Ericson Field since the Kennedy administration was in office in 1962.

After the teams traded punts on their opening possessions, Augustana put together a 10-play 80-yard drive which was finished off by an 18-yard touchdown run by Viking quarterback David Lee (Springfield HS, Springfield, Ill.). Lee also completed a pair of passes on the drive, including a key third down conversion to Jake Parke (St. Joseph-Ogden HS, St. Joseph, Ill.).

Carthage came right back on its next possession with a 12-play, 66-yard drive culminating in a 7-yard touchdown pass from record-setting quarterback Evan Jones to Mike Koeneman. The Vikings maintained a 7-6 lead, however, when Alex Schroeder (Batavia HS, Batavia, Ill.) got a hand on Tyler Funk’s extra point attempt.

The Vikings consumed the next 7:26, including the first seven minutes of the second quarter, putting together a 16-play, 80-yard drive. Lee completed 6-of-8 passes on the drive and finished it off with a 13-yard touchdown pass to Zachary McCullough (St. Charles North HS, St. Charles, Ill.), who fought off a Carthage defender to make a terrific grab in the end zone.

Then it was the defense’s turn to come up big and it did when Shane Holl (Batavia HS, North Aurora, Ill.) forced a Mike Oratowski fumble at the Carthage 49-yard line and recovered it himself to set the Vikings up with excellent field position. The offense took advantage, scoring in just three plays with sophomore running back A.J. Hoger (Cary-Grove HS, Cary, Ill.) covering the final 36 yards for the touchdown. Ryan Gibbons’ point after made it 21-6 with 6:01 left in the half.

The Red Men got great field position when they returned the ensuing kickoff to Augustana’s 48-yard line. They quickly moved inside the Viking 30, but on a scramble by Jones, several Augustana defenders held up the Carthage quarterback while Andrew Schweitzer (Wheaton North HS, Wheaton, Ill.) stripped him of the ball, ending the Red Men threat.

After the Vikings punted the ball back to Carthage, it was the special teams’ turn to make a big play and has been the case so many times this year, it was Andrew Rosset (Maine West HS, Des Plaines, Ill.) and Aaron Setchell (Amboy HS, Amboy, Ill.) who made it. On fourth-and-eight from the Carthage 21 with 48 seconds left in the half, Rosset came through to get a hand on Funk’s punt and Setchell ran it down in the end zone to put Augustana up 28-6 at the break.

The Red Men looked like they had some life on the opening possession of the second half, but after going 56 yards in 11 plays to the Viking four-yard line, the drive bogged down and Carthage lined up for a 21-yard field goal attempt. However, the snap was bad, holder Rick Loisi was dropped for a six yard loss and the Red Men came away empty.

A Rosset interception and 46-yard return set up the Vikings’ next score. Lee capped a two-play, 10-yard drive with an eight-yard touchdown pass to Jack Gilleland (Marian Central Catholic HS, Bull Valley, Ill.) to make it 35-6 Augustana.

Carthage managed to sandwich a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns around a 1-yard touchdown run by Hoger to account for the final score of 42-20.

The Viking offense produced 307 rushing yards on 45 carries with Hoger (11 carries, 116 yards and two touchdowns) and Robert Wood (Rockford Boylan HS, Loves Park, Ill.) (16-114) each eclipsing the 100-yard mark. Lee finished the night with 16 completions in 22 attempts for 138 yards and two touchdowns and added 33 yards and one touchdown rushing. Parke caught a team-high six passes for 51 yards.

On the defensive side of the ball, Augustana did a great job of containing a Carthage passing attack that entered the game averaging almost 400 yards a contest. Jones, who set several CCIW records last week in a loss to North Central, managed to connect on 42-of-56 passes for 327 yards, but could get the Red Men in the end zone just once while the game was still in doubt. Setchell led the effort with a season-high 19 tackles and broke up three passes as well. John Mago (Cary-Grove HS, Cary, Ill.) added 10 stops.

The Vikings hit the road next Saturday, October 31, for a matchup with North Park in Chicago. Game time is 1:00 p.m.


ROCK ISLAND, Ill. – Scoring on each of six possessions in the first half helped propel Augustana to an easy 52-0 College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin victory over North Park on Saturday, November 1 at Ericson Field. The Vikings built a 42-0 halftime lead and were never headed as they moved to 6-2 overall and 4-2 in the CCIW. Augustana was clicking early and finished the game with 513 yards of total offense, 288 rushing and 225 passing.

Senior quarterback Tim Podulka (Elk Grove HS, Elk Grove Village, Ill.) was extremely efficient as he completed seven of seven for 171 yards andthree touchdowns, two to Jason Kwasigroch (Carmel HS, Wauconda, Ill.). The Vikings used a total of 12 different ball carries to gain 288 yardson 45 attempts.

The tone for this one was set early when Augustana took the opening kickoff and marched 60 yards on six plays with Henry Deters (Tolono-Unity HS, Tolono, Ill.) dashing over from four yards out. Phil Prosia (Mountain Vista HS, Littleton, Colo.) nailed the extra point to make it 7-0 with less than four minutes (11:41) gone in the game. On North Park’s first possession Aaron Setchell (Amboy HS, Amboy, Ill.) picked off a pass by quarterback Shelby Wood at the Augustana 42. Podulka went deep on the first play and found Kwasigroch wide open and the result was a 58 yard scoring toss. Prosia made the second of his six extra points and the score went to 14-0 with 7:41 left in the first quarter.

Podulka and Kwasigroch connected again for the Vikings third score, this one for 31 yards to make it 21-0 and it was still in the first quarter. Podulka scored on a 13 yard run with just :34 left in the first quarter to bump the advantage to 28-0. In the second quarter the Augustana onslaught continued. Podulka connected with Jake Park (St. Joseph-Ogden HS,St. Joseph, Ill.) on a 22 yard touchdown pass with 11:33 left before halftime and that made it 35-0.

North Park then drove to the Viking 19 before Wood misfired on four straight passes to turn the ball back over to Augustana. With backup quarterback Stephen McGough (Moline HS, Moline, Ill.) now at the controls, the Vikings went 81 yards on nine plays with Parke dashing over from seven yards out to make it 42-0. Linebacker Eric Meyer (HarlemHS, Machesney Park, Ill.) intercepted Wood’s pass on the final play of the first half and the score at intermission was 42-0.

The third quarter was scoreless and Augustana scored early in the fourth on a 24 yard pass play from McGough to Jason Wagner (Burlington HS,Elgin, Ill.) but this time Kory Blair (Waubonsie Valley HS, Naperville,Ill.) kicked the extra point to make it 49-0. Blair booted a 22 yard field goal midway through the fourth (7:39) to account for the final score.

Kwasigroch grabbed three passes for 97 yards and two touchdowns while Parke had three catches for 52 yards and added 33 yards rushing on three attempts. Robert Wood (Rockford Boylan HS, Rockford, Ill.) led the team in rushing with 61 yards on eight attempts and Podulka added 50 on four tries. Senior Mike Kilroy (Lisle Township HS, Lisle, Ill.) picked up 39 yards on five carries and senior Josh Galliart (Orion HS, Orion, Ill.) added 39 yards on six attempts. As a team the Vikings averaged 6.4 yards per attempt.

McGough was three of five passing for 38 yards and a touchdown and David Lee (Springfield HS, Springfield, Ill.) was three of three for 16 yards. Collectively the Vikings completed 13 of 15 passes for 225 yards and four touchdowns.

The Augustana defense pitched its second shutout of the campaign and limited North Park to just 31 yards rushing on 20 attempts. North Park did pick up 199 yards passing but had to attempt 49 passes, completing 24, to get that number. Augustana defenders intercepted Wood four times. Setchell, Meyer, John Mago (Cary Grove HS, Cary, Ill.) and Jeremy Smith (Sherrard HS, Sherrard, Ill.) got the interceptions. Billy Lynch (Loyola Academy, Chicago, Ill.) and Meyer led Augustana in tackles with six apiece.

With the victory, Augustana extended its streak of non-losing seasons to 30 consecutive years. The last time the Vikings had a losing season was in 1978. It was also the third straight victory of the 2008 season for head coach Jim Barnes’ team.






September 5


Cedar Rapids, Iowa

L, 9-7

September 12



W, 42-20

September 19



W, 31-12

October 3



W, 21-3


Family Weekend



October 10


Wheaton, Illinois

L, 17-24

October 17

*Illinois Wesleyan


L, 0-7





October 24



W, 42-20

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


SERIES NOTES: Augustana has dominated this series between the two teams in the CCIW who share the Vikings nickname...Augustana leads 45-2 and has never lost a game to North Park in Rock Island with that streak now at 25... Augustana has won 37 straight overall in this series since a 23-12 North Park victory in 1971...In the last 25 games North Park has managed a total of just 135 points.


SCORE (Running Record)



AUG 22, NP 6 (1-0)



AUG 26, NP 0 (2-0)



AUG 45, NP 0 (3-0)



AUG 20, NP 14 (4-0)



AUG 19, NP 0 (5-0)



AUG 13, NP 10 (6-0)



NP 48, AUG 42 (6-1)



AUG 20, NP 2 (7-1)



AUG 38, NP 6 (8-1)



NP 23, AUG 12 (8-2)



AUG 21, NP 12 (9-2)



AUG 21, NP 14 (10-2)



AUG 38, NP 12 (11-2)



AUG 20, NP 12 (12-2)



AUG 27, NP 7 (13-2)



AUG 24, NP 0 (14-2)



AUG 34, NP 14 (15-2)



AUG 19, NP 12 (16-2)



AUG 23, NP 10 (17-2)



AUG 38, NP 6 (18-2)



AUG 35, NP 6 (19-2)



AUG 35, NP 16 (20-2)



AUG 47, NP 6 (21-2)



AUG 21, NP 7 (22-2)



AUG 55, NP 7 (23-2)



AUG 69, NP 0 (24-2)



AUG 27, NP 0 (25-2)



AUG 48, NP 7 (26-2)



AUG 43, NP 0 (27-2)



AUG 41, NP 0 (28-2)



AUG 35, NP 10 (29-2)



AUG 21, NP 17 (30-2)



AUG 48, NP 6 (31-2)



AUG 53, NP 14 (32-2)



AUG 52, NP 0 (33-2)



AUG 28, NP 3 (34-2)



AUG 41, NP 0 (35-2)



AUG 30, NP 13 (36-2)



AUG 36, NP 14 (37-2)



AUG 23, NP 0 (38-2)



AUG 58, NP 8 (39-2)



AUG 48, NP 17 (40-2)



AUG 35, NP 0 (41-2)



AUG 50, NP 6 (42-2)



AUG 31, NP 0 (43-2)



AUG 35, NP 0 (44-2)



AUG 52, NP 0 (45-2)