Notebook: Rushing Whitewater
Sept. 21, 2010
By Amy Farnum
TRIPLE THREAT: For the second straight week, top-ranked UW-Whitewater had three running backs rush for 100 yards or more as the Warhawks dismantled Campbellsville University, 37-7, on Sept. 18.
UW-Whitewater posted 370 rushing yards with large contributions from Booker Stanley (116), Levell Coppage (114) and Antwan Anderson (104). Before last weeks victory against Dakota State University the Warhawks had never had three 100-yard rushers in one game, but the defending national champions have now accomplished the feat in two consecutive games.
The Warhawks will take a hiatus from their ground attack with a bye this weekend before traveling to UW-Platteville on Sept. 30 for a Thursday night contest to open Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play.
THUNDER ROLLS: Wheaton College (Ill.) senior Tyler Langs garnered College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW) Special Teams Player of the Week for his spectacular play in a 51-20 win over UW-Platteville last weekend.
Langs racked up 124 punt return yards on three tries, including an 80-yard return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. The cornerback also posted five tackles, four solo, in the contest as the Thunder moved to 2-0 on the year.
The Thunder debuted at No. 20 in the first AFCA Division III Top 25 with a perfect start in the first two contests, and will face No. 16 Illinois Wesleyan (3-0) in both teams CCIW opener on Oct. 2.
WHATS THE CATCH: St. Thomas (Minn.) junior wide receiver Fritz Waldvogel, the 2009 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year, dazzled fans with a career-high 239 receiving yards on 12 catches as the No. 5 Tommies dominated St. Olaf, 49-14, in their league opener.
The native of Mendota Heights, Minn., hauled in TD catches of 48, 42 and 22 yards in the first 24 minutes of play, and compiled career numbers in just three quarters of action. Waldvogels receiving yards total was the second-most in St. Thomas history, and pushed his career all-purpose yardage total to 4,110. He was named MIAC Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts.
St. Thomas looks to move to 4-0 in the squads MIAC home opener against Concordia College on Sept. 25.
BUZZING ABOUT: Randolph-Macon (3-0) is off to its best start since 1986 following a convincing 42-14 win over Shenandoah University last weekend. The Yellow Jackets are making their first-ever appearance in the D3football.com Top 25 at No. 25 since the poll began in 2003.
Senior quarterback Austin Faulkner was selected Old Dominion Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week after tossing five touchdown passes against Shenandoah. The native of Fredericksburg, Va., completed 25-of-32 passes for 267 yards without an interception in the game. Faulkner paces the ODAC with a 181.9 passer rating, 274 passing yards per game and 11 TD passes.
GOOD WORK: UW-Stout senior tight end Patrick Mengelkoch was announced of one of 22 football players chosen for the 2010 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, and was the lone Division III selection on the squad.
The native of Champin, Minn., is a co-captain for the Blue Devils, and became the schools all-time receiving leader for tight ends against Eureka last weekend. The program recognizes student-athletes that are active in community service. Mengelkoch has organized football players in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, food drives, campus-wide move-in days, campus-wide clean-up days and many other events, including serving a stint as a UW-Stout student government senator.
Mengelkoch also works with second-grader Brett Boettcher at a local elementary school twice weekly. He helps Boettcher, who suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, with physical and classroom activities.
"Pat is an incredible young man who puts serving others first," said Bart Boettcher, Brett's father. "He has made such a positive influence in Brett's life. He has been an inspiration to our family and we will be forever grateful."
LOOKING AHEAD: For what is believed to be the first time in Iowa Conference history, a pair of Top 10 teams will meet in a league game as No. 7 Central College travels and No. 9 Coe College clash on Sept. 25. (Rankings are D3football.com) Both squads enter the match-up with 3-0 marks. Central has won the last four meetings between the two squads since 2006.
No. 8 Hardin-Simmons will be playing its third straight nationally-ranked opponent as the Cowboys head to fourth-ranked University of Mary Hardin-Baylor for an American Southwest Conference battle on Sept. 25. One of the two teams has won at least a share of every ASC title since 1998. HSU will be looking to break an eight-game losing streak to the Crusaders.
Two weeks ago, No. 25 UW-Eau Claire upset then-No. 9 St. Johns for the first time since 2004. The Blugolds look to knock off their second straight ninth-ranked squad at North Central on Saturday.