MIAC Football Notebook - October 8, 2021

Augsburg quarterback Cade Sheehan registered 431 yards of total offense last week. (Photo: Kevin Healy)
Augsburg quarterback Cade Sheehan registered 431 yards of total offense last week. (Photo: Kevin Healy)

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - Divisional play begins on Saturday for Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) football teams.

In the Skyline Division, Hamline will host Bethel and Macalester will welcome Concordia, while Gustavus will travel to St. Scholastica and Carleton will head to St. Olaf for Northwoods Division games. Augsburg will challenge Saint John's on the Johnnies' home turf in the lone crossover contest of the weekend.


POLL TALK
There were no changes in either Division III national football poll this week. Saint John's remained at No. 6, Bethel stayed put at No. 16, and Gustavus received votes in the latest D3football.com Top 25 Poll.

In the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Top 25 Poll, the Johnnies are again ranked No. 5, the Royals are No. 17, and the Gusties are receiving votes (2 points).

The next D3football.com Poll is slated to be released on Sunday, October 10 with the next AFCA Poll expected on Monday, October 11.


NATIONAL NOTABLES
Four MIAC football players were selected for D3football.com's Team of the Week for Week 5 of the 2021 season. Augsburg's Dominic Smith was selected at wide receiver, while Bethel's Nate Farm and Carleton's Ryan McGregor earned the nod as defensive backs, and Carleton's Travis Brown was picked as a return specialist.

Augsburg sophomore quarterback Cade Sheehan has thrown 18 touchdown passes this fall, tied for the fifth-most in NCAA Division III this season. He also ranks fifth in D-III for yards of total offense, averaging 345.2 yards per game, and eighth in NCAA Division III with an average of 26.5 completions per game in 2021. Sheehan had six passing touchdowns against St. Olaf on 10/2, tied for the fifth-most in any D-III game this season.

Augsburg sophomore wide receiver Dominic Smith has caught nine touchdown passes in 2021, tied for the second-most in D-III. Smith's average of 136.8 receiving yards per game is third-highest in Division III, while his average of 8.8 receptions per game this fall ranks fourth. His four receiving touchdowns against St. Olaf on 10/2 are tied for the second-most in any Division III game this season. He had 13 receptions against Ripon on 9/4, tied for the tenth-most in any D-III game this fall.

Augsburg first-year wide receiver Braden Tretter is averaging 8.0 receptions per game this season, tied for the tenth-best average in Division III.

Bethel senior quarterback Jaran Roste is averaging 10.58 yards per pass attempt in 2021, the eighth-highest average in NCAA Division III this year.

Bethel first-year safety Nate Farm and Carleton senior cornerback Ryan McGregor are tied for tenth in NCAA Division III with three interceptions each in 2021.

Carleton junior quarterback Jonathan Singleton had six passing touchdowns against Crown on 9/18, tied for the fifth-most in any D-III game this season.

Carleton senior safety Travis Brown totaled 175 combined kick return yards against Macalester on 10/2, the eighth-most in any Division III game this season. His 95-yard kickoff return against the Scots is tied for the sixth-longest in the country this season.

Concordia senior quarterback Tanner Dubois is fourth in D-III with an average of 28.3 completions per game this season. Dubois had 36 completions against Presentation on 9/11, tied for the sixth-most in any Division III game this season.

Concordia senior wide receiver Andy Gravdahl ranks second in NCAA Division III with an average of 197.5 all-purpose yards per game in 2021. Gravdahl's average of 8.0 receptions per game this fall is tied for tenth-best in D-III.

Gustavus senior quarterback Michael Veldman is averaging 17.1 yards per completion in 2021, the eighth-highest mark in Division III.

Gustavus senior wide receiver Dalton Thelen ranks tenth in NCAA Division III with an average of 173.75 all-purpose yards per game in 2021. Thelen posted 289 all-purpose yards against Concordia on 9/25, the fourth-most in any Division III game this season.

Gustavus sophomore linebacker Carson Dekam has recovered three fumbles this season, tied for the second-most in NCAA Division III.

Hamline senior wide receiver Triston Thomas caught 13 passes against Crown on 9/4, tied for the tenth-most in any D-III game this season.

Hamline senior cornerback Adrian Cracolici defended four passes (three breakups and one interception) against Carleton on 9/25, tied for the fourth-most in any D-III game this season.

Macalester first-year running back Josh Bulski recorded 166 kickoff return yards against UM-Morris on 9/4, the eighth-most in any Division III game this season.

Macalester senior wide receiver Rex Desso ranks ninth in NCAA Division III with an average of 8.2 receptions per game this season. Desso's 14 receptions against Carleton on 10/2 are tied for the third-most in any Division III game this season.

Macalester senior defensive tackle John Newton is tied for the most blocked kicks in all levels of NCAA football with three in 2021.

St. Olaf junior running back Jordan Embry ran for a 94-yard score against Luther on 9/11, tied for the second-longest rush from scrimmage in Division III this season.

St. Olaf senior defensive end Nikoloz Vasadze has two forced fumbles in 2021, tied for the second-most in NCAA Division III.

St. Olaf first-year punter Tyler Huettel ranks eighth in NCAA Division III with an average of 42.5 yards per punt in 2021.

St. Scholastica senior defensive tackle Tandrell Foster is averaging 2.8 tackles for loss per game this season, the second-best average in D-III.


AROUND THE MIAC
Augsburg sophomore wide receiver Dominic Smith tied a single-game program record with four touchdown receptions, part of a 10-catch, 136-yard effort in the Auggies' 56-28 win over St. Olaf on 10/2. Smith caught second-quarter scores of 31 and 23 yards, a third-quarter score of 10 yards, and a fourth-quarter score of 16 yards. Smith also went over the 100-yard mark in receiving yardage for the third time in his four games this season.

Bethel first-year safety Nate Farm led the Royals with seven tackles - five solo - and a pair of interceptions in a 34-9 victory over Gustavus on 10/2. Farm played a key role in helping limit the Gusties - who entered last Saturday averaging more than 47 points per game - to just nine points.

Carleton senior cornerback Ryan McGregor had two critical red zone interceptions in the Knights' 24-10 win at Macalester on Saturday. His first interception came at Carleton's 15-yard line on the opening drive of the second half, and he returned the ball 29 yards. McGregor's other pick came in the end zone to thwart any hopes of a comeback by the Scots as Carleton maintained possession of the Book of Knowledge. He also recorded six solo tackles in the game.

Concordia sophomore linebacker PJ Parmalee led the Cobbers with 8.0 tackles and a tackle for loss against Saint John's on 10/2. He has tallied eight tackles in both games he has played in this season (9/4 vs. Valley City State, 10/2 versus Saint John's).

Gustavus sophomore wide receiver Matthew Kipper was the Gusties' leading pass-catcher against Bethel on 10/2, totaling seven receptions for 113 yards and the team's lone touchdown in the game. Kipper entered last week with 12 catches for 175 yards and one touchdown in his career.

Hamline junior kicker Lucius Negrillo accounted for 10 of Hamline's 34 points in a victory over St. Scholastica on 10/2. Negrillo connected on two field goals and four PAT tries in the game. He also punted six times with an average of 39.2 yards per kick, pinning the Saints inside their own 20-yard line on three occasions.

Macalester senior wide receiver Rex Desso broke the single-game program record for receptions with 14 against Carleton on 10/2. The previous mark of 13 catches in a game had been reached by five different Scots. Desso finished the game with 102 yards and the team's lone touchdown.

Saint John's sophomore quarterback Aaron Syverson played the first half of the Johnnies' 49-0 victory over Concordia, going 20-for-24 for 289 yards and four touchdowns with an efficiency rating of 239.48 in the game. The former Colorado State Ram and Minnetonka Skipper signal-caller also rushed for a two-yard score against the Cobbers.

St. Olaf senior defensive end Nikoloz Vasadze had nine tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and scored a defensive touchdown for the Oles in a 56-28 loss at Augsburg on 10/2. Late in the second quarter, the senior had a strip-sack-and-score to tie the game at 21.

St. Scholastica senior wide receiver Mitchell Adrian hauled in a team-high seven receptions for 72 yards and one touchdown in a 34-18 loss to Hamline on 10/2. Adrian had six catches for 43 yards in the season-opener against Augsburg on 9/25.


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No. 16/17 Bethel at Hamline
Game: Skyline Division
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Site: Klas Field | St. Paul, Minn.
Links: Video | Stats
Series Record: Bethel leads series 33-32-0
First Meeting: 10/11/1952 (Hamline 26, Bethel 7)
Last Meeting: 11/02/2019 (Bethel 62, Hamline 7)

   

Concordia at Macalester
Game: Skyline Division
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Site: Macalester Stadium | St. Paul, Minn.
Links: Video | Stats
Series Record: Concordia leads series 54-11-3
First Meeting: 1923 (Macalester 13, Concordia 3)
Last Meeting: 09/22/2001 (Concordia 35, Macalester 12)

RV/RV Gustavus at St. Scholastica
Game: Northwoods Division
Time: 1:00 PM
Site: Malosky Stadium (UMD) | Duluth, Minn.
Links: Video | Stats
Series Record: 0-0-0
First Meeting: 10/08/2021
Last Meeting: First-ever meeting in 2021.

   

Carleton at St. Olaf
Game: Northwoods Division
Time: 1:00 PM
Site: Klein Field at Manitou | Northfield, Minn.
Links: AudioVideo | Stats
Series Record: St. Olaf leads series 55-44-1
First Meeting: 11/18/1918 (St. Olaf 14, Carleton 13)
Last Meeting: 09/21/2019 (St. Olaf 36, Carleton 19)

Augsburg at No. 6/5 Saint John's
Game: Crossover
Time: 1:00 PM
Site: Clemens Stadium | Collegeville, Minn.
Links: AudioVideo | Stats
Series Record: Saint John's leads 70-9-2
First Meeting: 10/16/1926 (Augsburg 13, Saint John's 13)
Last Meeting: 10/05/2019 (Saint John's 61, Augsburg 6)

     

LEAGUE LEADERS

2021 MIAC Football Statistical Leaders
Overall MIAC
Passing Yards Per Game Cade Sheehan, Augsburg 315.3 Cade Sheehan, Augsburg 342.0
Passing Touchdowns Cade Sheehan, Augsburg 18 Cade Sheehan, Augsburg 11
Rushing Yards Per Game Bryceton Butkiewicz, St. Scholastica 105.0 Bryceton Butkiewicz, St. Scholastica 105.0
Rushing Touchdowns David Peal, Gustavus 5 Devin Vouk, Saint John's 3
Receiving Yards Per Game Dominic Smith, Augsburg 136.8 Dominic Smith, Augsburg 134.5
Receiving Touchdowns Dominic Smith, Augsburg 9 Dominic Smith, Augsburg 7
Tackles Per Game Jake Kukowski, St. Scholastica 10.0 Thomas Wurdemann, Bethel
Brandon Foster, St. Olaf
Nick Sabatino, St. Olaf
Jake Kukowski, St. Scholastica
10.0
Sacks Michael Carey, Carleton
Isaac Simons, Carleton
3.5 Godmar Gach, Hamline 3.0
Interceptions Nate Farm, Bethel 3 Nate Farm, Bethel 3