Cobber Football Opponent - St. John's
at Jake Christiansen Stadium , Sat., Oct.
18, 1997, Concordia vs St. John's, 1:00 Kickoff.
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10/19 Forum Coverage of Loss to Johnnies
10/18 Concordia lost 20-12 to St. John's
here today for first loss of the year. by Jerry Pyle,
St. John's came back from a 12-7 deficit at the end of the third quarter
to post a 20-12 win at Concordia today. The Cobbers fell to 6-1 on the
year, 5-1 in the MIAC. St. John's moved to 4-3 overall, 4-2 in the MIAC.
Concordia is now tied with Augsburg and St. Thomas for the MIAC lead at
5-1. The Cobbers travel to Augsburg on Oct. 25.
Concordia opened the scoring with Chris Horgan field goals of 40 yards
in the first quarter and 20 yards in the second quarter. St. John's took
a 7-6 lead with just 58 seconds left in the half on a Roland Buller 5 yard
TD. But Ethan Pole hooked up with Mike Rice 22 seconds later on a
54 yard TD pass to give the Cobbers a 12-7 lead.
That lead would hold up until Johnnie Ben Sieben caught a 74 yard TD
pass from Phil Kern with 6:01 left in the game. A two point conversion
On the next Johnnie possesion the Johnnies scored on another big play,
this time a 38 yard run by Paul Trobec.
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10/16 A fresh look, (Cobber Football
Starts Two Freshmen Backs) by Eric Peterson, The Forum
10/16 Game Notes
Saturday's‚s game marks the 63rd meeting between the Johnnies
and the Cobbers in a series dates to 1923. St. John‚s holds
a 29-26-7 series advantage. Since the Cobbers won 30-28 in 1990 the Johnnies
have won four times and tied Concordia twice. One or both of these teams
have finished on top of the MIAC in 22 of the past 28 years.
Last Year‚s Game:
Under nearly opposite circumstances from this year, Concordia went
into Collegeville with two MIAC losses, virtually out of the MIAC race,
to face an unbeaten St. John‚s team. And the Cobbers nearly pulled
off the upset, losing 39-34. Concordia‚s Ethan Pole completed 26
of 40 passes for 334 yards and 3 TDs. Tory Langemo caught 7 of those
passes for 117 yards.
Last year St. John‚s went on to win the MIAC, and ended the year 11-1,
losing in the second round of the NCAA playoffs. Concordia finished 6-4-0
overall and fourth in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
with a 6-3-0 league record.
St. John‚s coach John Gagliardi is in his 49th year of coaching, 45th
at St. John‚s, and has a record of 339-103-11. He is second on the all-time
win list in college coaching.
Jim Chistopherson is in his 29th season with a 202-82-7 career record.
Christopherson has the third most wins of any active coach in NCAA Division
III. (Christopherson now has 18 more wins than Gagliardi
had through his first 29 seasons as a head coach.)
- Concordia enters the game as No. 3 in the nation in points allowed
at 5.8 points per game.
- Concordia leads the MIAC in Total defense (216 ypg), Scoring Defense
(5.6 ppg), Rushing defense (74 ypg) and is second in passing defense at
- St. John‚s is 3rd in the MIAC in total defense at 263 ypg, second
in scoring defense (11.4 ppg), and second in rushing defense behind the
New Cobber Starters
Marcus Lutdke will start at halfback, replacing Dan Steinbeisser
who is out with a knee injury. Also, Ryan Albrecht will start
at right defensive end, Jon Jasken will nove to left defensive end
and Lance Larson will move to left tackle. This move was prompted by a
hip injury to starting left tackle James Poock.
St. John‚s remains one of the most talented and explosive teams in
the league. But, to date, they have been plagued by turnovers. St. John‚s
has thrown 14 interceptions and lost 10 fumbles. The Cobbers have
thrown 3 interceptions and lost 5 fumbles.
Cobber Stat Leaders
RUSHING ATT YDS AVE TD LG
Steinbeisser 138 626 4.5 4 27
Len Crouse 55 222 4.0 3 14
Marcus Ludke 37 214 5.8 1 37
Ethan Pole 62 160 2.6 3 38
PASSING ATT COM C% IN YDS TD
Pole 107 58 54 3 783 5
Wanless 10 2 20 0 18 0
RECEIVING REC YDS TD LG YPR
Tory Langemo 18 298 3 53 16.6
Mike Rice 13 199 0 29 15.3
Chris Howell 10 147 1 48 14.7
Defensive UT AT TOT SK INT FR
Sannes 25 33 58 4
Gronner 17 21 38 6 1
Polzine 9 25 34 0
Stenehjem 14 13 27 0 0 0
Ziebarth 16 8 24 0 0
Jasken 11 12 23 3
Poock 6 15 21 1
Bertram 11 10 21 0 0
Gilbert 12 8 20 0
Zirbes 9 8 17 0
Larson 9 5 14 6
Albrecht 7 6 13 3
Kragel 6 5 11 0
St. John‚s Stats Leaders
RUSHING Att Net Avg TD Lng YPG
Paul Trobec 42 125 3.0 1 16 20.8
Chris Moore 16 118 7.4 0 21 23.6
Roland Buller 29 99 3.4 1 22 16.5
Kip Knippel 36 77 2.1 1 22 12.8
Passing A-C-Int % Yds TD Lg YPG
Kern 152-84-8 55 1030 10 39 171.7
Lieser 57-24-5 42 273 1 60 54.6
RECEIVING No Yds Avg TD Lg YPG
Adam Herbst 41 509 12.4 8 60 84.8
Ryan Monnens 24 356 14.8 1 39 59.3
R. Buller 19 160 8.4 1 36 26.7
PUNT RETURNS No. Yds Avg TD Long
Chris Moore 17 310 18.2
INTERCEPTIONS No. Yds Avg TD Long
Dugan Flinn 3 10
3.3 0 10
Matt Emmerich 3 67 22.3
UT AT Tot TFL/YDS
44 Chris Govern 23 50 73 6-13
25 Brandon Novak 30 37 67 12-20
53 Brad Asplund 15 38 53 6-25
94 Matt Griffith 15 31 46 13-34
43 Darwin Dumoncea 16 28 44 7-18
2 Dugan Flinn 14 24 38 3-7
98 Bill Petrangelo 14 23 37 4-16
6 Ryan Deibele 11 19 30 1-0
42 Eric Serbus 13 17 30 1-7
10/13 Cobbers tied for 2nd in West Region
Read About the SJU Season to date below:
55 Carleton 6
Johnnie Sports Update for Saturday, Oct. 11 (Football)
This afternoon at Clemens Stadium in Collegeville, Gustavus
Adolphus took advantage of six Johnnie turnovers for a 24-16 victory.
Gustavus jumped out to an early lead when Jeff Seamans scored on a four
yard TD run. Later in the second quarter, Ryan Timm intercepted a
Phil Kern pass and returned it 16 yards for a TD and a 14-0 Gustie lead.
To close the first half, Ryan Boutwell kicked a 25 yard field goal to increase
the lead to 17-0.
In the third quarter, quarterback Bob Southworth scampered in from
six yards out to increase the Gusties lead to 24-0. With 1:10 left
in the fourth quarter, SJU scored on an eight yard TD pass from senior
quarterback Phil Kern, Cokato, to junior wide receiver Adam Herbst, Sartell.
Junior running back Roland Buller, Anoka, caught the conversion pass from
Kern to make the score 24-8. The Johnnies recovered the on-side kick
and scored six plays later on a two yard TD pass from Kern to Herbst.
Freshman wide receiver Jeremy Forsell, St. Joseph, caught the conversion
pass from Kern to cut the Gusties lead to 24-16. The Johnnies could
not recover another on-side kick and Gustavus ran out the clock.
Gustavus rushed for 118 yards compared to 32 yards for the Johnnies.
SJU passed the ball 49 times, completing 26 for 234 yards and two TDs.
SJU used Phil Kern and senior quarterback Doug Lieser, Cold Spring, during
the game. Bob Southworth from Gustavus was 14 for 23 passing for
172 yards. There was a total of 12 turnovers in the game, six by
each team. One bright spot for SJU was that sophomore punter Phil
Barry, Crete, Neb., set a new school record with a 76 yard punt.
The old record was held by Wade Labatte, who had a punt of 63 yards in
the 1991 NCAA Div. III semifinals against Dayton, Ohio.
SJU falls to 3-3 overall, 3-2 in the MIAC. SJU will travel
to Concordia on Saturday, Oct. 18, for a 1 p.m. kickoff. The pre-game
show on KKJM-FM (92.9) begins at 12:55 p.m. with J.G. Preston and Jeff
Bretherton. Gustavus is now 4-2 overall, 3-2 in the MIAC. Both
teams are tied for fourth place in the MIAC.
News Service/Sports Information Director
Saint John's University, Luke Hall 110, Collegeville, MN 56321-7222
Johnnie Sports Update for Oct. 6, 1997
Football Saturday in Northfield, the SJU football team won
its first road game of the year, defeating Carleton 55-6. The
Johnnie defense returned two interceptions for touchdowns and also recovered
a blocked punt for another touchdown.
The Johnnies opened the
scoring on a 22 yard touchdown run by junior Roland Buller, Anoka.
Senior All-American Brett Mushatt, St. Cloud, recovered a blocked punt
in the end zone to make the score 14-0. Later in the quarter, senior Matt
Emmerich, Foley, intercepted a pass and returned it 40 yards for the touchdown.
After a Carleton 80 yard
touchdown pass, junior Paul Trobec, Sartell, scored on a one yard touchdown
run with 4:23 to go in the half. The Johnnies went into intermission with
a 35-6 lead after sophomore Brandon Novak, Becker, returned a C.G. Shoap
intercepted pass 28 yards for the touchdown.
In the second half, junior
Adam Herbst, Sartell, caught two touchdown passes from senior quarterback
Phil Kern, Cokato, to add to the Johnnies lead. Junior Kip Knippel,
St. Paul, also had a rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter to make the
final score 55-6.
SJU had its best offensive
showing of the year, gaining 425 yards of total offense compared to 260
for the Knights. The Johnnie defense played well again as they held
Carleton to only 34 yards rushing and forced five turnovers.
Individually, Kip Knippel
led the rushing attack with 5 carries for 35 yards. Seven different
rushers carried the ball for the Johnnies. Phil Kern was 19 of 32
passing for 304 yards, two touchdowns passing, and three interceptions.
Adam Herbst caught ten passes for 173 yards and two touchdowns. With
the ten receptions on Saturday, Herbst moved into a sixth place tie with
Dan Grant (1985-88) on the individual career reception list. Herbst,
in his three-year career has now caught 113 passes for 1,772 yards and
24 touchdown receptions. The 24 career touchdown receptions also
ties Herbst with Todd Fultz (1988-90) for fourth place on the individual
career touchdown reception list.
On defense, SJU was led
by sophomore Eric Serbus, Bird Island, who had 12 tackles. Brett
Mushatt, Brandon Novak, and sophomore Matt Mohrenweiser, Eden Prairie,
SJU is now 3-2 overall,
3-1 in the MIAC. The Johnnies are tied with Augsburg for third place
behind Concordia and St. Thomas. Carleton is now 2-3 overall, 1-3
in the MIAC. SJU will host Gustavus Adolphus this Saturday for a
1 p.m. kickoff at Clemens Stadium. The pre-game show begins at 12:55
p.m. on KKJM-FM (92.9) or on the SJU sports home page through RealAudio.
9/20/97 Johnnies lose 20-10 at Augsburg
Story by Michael Hemmesch, SJU SID
Seven turnovers proved costly for the SJU football team as they
lost 20-10 against Augsburg last Saturday in Minneapolis. The Auggies
jumped on the scoreboard in the first quarter with an 1 yard
touchdown run by Derrin Lamker. Later in the first quarter, the
Johnnies scored their first points of the game on a 22 yard field goal
by junior Jeremy Christie, Sauk Rapids, to cut the Auggies lead to 7-3.
Moving to the third quarter, Augsburg added two more touchdowns to take
a 20-3 lead into the final fifteen minutes. The Johnnies tried to
mount a comeback as senior quarterback Phil Kern, Cokato, hooked up with
junior Adam Herbst, Sartell, for a 14 yard touchdown pass with 8:07
left in the game. Christie's extra point made the final score 20-10.
The Auggies' victory was their first against the Johnnies since 1980.
Senior quarterback Doug
Lieser, Cold Spring, and junior halfback Roland Buller, Anoka, led the
Johnnies' rushing attack with 20 yards. Kern was 11 for 22 passing for
163 yards and one touchdown. The Johnnies used four quarterbacks
in the game. Herbst caught four passes
for 30 yards and one touchdown. Senior Ryan Monnens, Richmond,
caught seven passes for 129 yards.
Sophomore Brandon Novak,
Becker, led the defensive unit with 13 tackles, including one tackle for
a loss. Senior Chris Govern, Riceville, Iowa, added 12 tackles
for the Johnnies.
The Johnnies are now 1-2
on the season, 1-1 in the MIAC. SJU will host Hamline (1-2 overall,
0-2 MIAC) this Saturday as part of the homecoming festivities at CSB/SJU.
Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at Clemens
9/6/97 Johnnies lose 25-21 at Bemidji State
Story by Michael Hemmesch, SJU SID
Tonight at Chet Anderson Stadium on the campus of Bemidji State, the
Johnnie football team opened its 1997 season with a 25-21 loss to the Beavers.
Bemidji State led 12-0 until the Johnnies scored late in the econd quarter.
SJU scored 21 straight points to take a 21-12 lead.
BSU scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter with 2:00 minutes remaining
to cut the Johnnies lead to 21-19. The Beavers scored the game-winning
touchdown on the last play of the game.
Quarterback Phil Kern threw touchdown passes to three different receivers:
Adam Herbst, Steve Lynch and Roland Buller. The Johnnies lost their
season opener for the first time since 1983.
SJU will host St. Olaf next Saturday in Collegeville for the home opener
and the inauguration of SJU's renovated football stadium. Kickoff
is set for 1 p.m. at Clemens Stadium.
St. John's Preseason Preview:
Head coach John Gagliardi, entering his 45th season at the helm, leads
the Johnnies in their pursuit of a fifth straight MIAC championship. Last
season ended in disappointment for St. John's with their 37-30 loss at
the hands of UW-LaCrosse. More painful for the Johnnies was the fact that
they held a 30-8 lead in the third quarter. With that loss still in the
back of their minds, St. John's looks with great optomism towards 1997.
The biggest question facing St. John's is who will replace MIAC MVP
quarterback Kurt Ramler. The two leading candidates heading into pre-season
workouts appear to be seniors Phil Kern (11/19, 156 yds, 3 TDs) and Doug
Lieser (11/16, 125 yds, 1 TD). Whoever ends up with the job will have some
weapons to work with. All-MIAC receiver Adam Herbst (51 rec., 866 yds,
15 TDs) and running backs Kip Knippel and Paul Trobec all return to help
boost last year's top-rated offense in the MIAC. On defense, St. John's
strength lies in its backfield with defensive backs Brett Mushatt and Matt
Emmerich. Mushatt, a second team All-American last year and a pre-season
All-American, tallied nine interceptions last year. Emmerich along with
his defensive duties ranked third in the nation last season in kickoff
St. John's returns five starters on offense (39.33 ppg/452.44 ypg) and
four on defense (13.89 ppg/300.67 ypg).
At the 1997 pre-season football press conference, senior Brett Mushatt
had this to say when it was his turn at the podium: "Having the other coaches
say that we are the team to beat, makes us work even harder to stay on