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Central Region / Re: MBB: Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference
« on: February 25, 2020, 02:56:58 pm »
WLC and Benedictine split the conference title. For my alma mater this is their first conference title in 18 years! However the Eagles get the top seed off a coin flip.

I didn't realize those two teams have exactly the same losses - they split with each other, and each lost at Concordia Wisconsin, at MSOE and at Concordia Chicago. That's actually a big coin toss with both teams having gone 10-0 at home in conference play - in fact, Benedictine hasn't lost at home all season.

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North Region football / Re: FB: Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference
« on: December 26, 2019, 05:48:21 pm »
Aurora finishes #24 in the final Top 25 poll. I do believe that this was the first time that an NACC team has finished the season ranked in the top 25 in football.

For that matter, is this the first time a NACC team has ever been ranked for football in the D3FB poll? I don't believe Concordia Chicago was when they went 10-1, and I can't think of anyone else who would have been in the same area code as the top 25.

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Central Region / Re: MBB: Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference
« on: December 23, 2019, 08:17:34 pm »
Those 86 fans that show up for games must really make a difference. All those wins mentioned were by the home team. Thanks for the monthly report!

lol. Yes - It's not the fans that give the advantage, but the white-knuckle driving to Plymouth, Wisconsin that does a team in!

Ha! If the campus was actually in Plymouth, it wouldn't be too bad. Taking 57 out of Plymouth or 42 out of Sheboygan is the problem. Out near Lakeland, those roads are rarely plowed first and the snow drifts can be crazy. When they say Lakeland is out in the middle of nowhere, it's not an exaggeration.

I'm pretty sure that we played football against Lakeland in the late 70's in what turned out to be a cold, blustery, snowy day in Wisconsin. We dressed in an elementary school classroom in what I believe was Howard's Grove and may have even played the game at Howard's Grove HS. Lakeland won something like 12-8 and did not complete a single pass, and in fact ran a QB sneak with three quarterbacks around 20 times. My parents drove around the lake to watch the game and nearly bailed at halftime and I wouldn't have blamed them. Welcome to small school college football in the 1970's.

Oh my gosh. I actually went to school at the then Riverview Elementary, which is the one it sounds like you're referring to (it's a daycare now) and it was in pretty bad shape by the time I did; I can't imagine it was much better in the 70s. The idea that they used it as a college football dressing room is utterly ridiculous! ;D

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North Region football / Re: FB: Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference
« on: November 18, 2019, 06:03:31 pm »
Week Ten:

Aurora 62 (6-0, 8-1)
Wisconsin Lutheran 7 (2-4, 2-7)

Lakeland 26 (3-3, 4-5)
Benedictine 34 (5-1, 6-3)

Concordia Wisconsin 0 (2-4, 4-5)
Eureka 24 (3-3, 5-4)

Concordia Chicago 28 (3-3, 5-4)
Rockford 25 (0-6, 1-8)

Aurora left little doubt all season that they were the team to beat in the NACC, and they left no doubt on Saturday to clinch their first trip to the NCAA Playoffs in 11 years! Congratulations to the Spartans! They've scored at least 56 points in four of their six conference games this far.

Next week, Aurora gets ready for the playoffs against Lakeland, where they can wrap up the outright NACC title with a win; Benedictine will hope they leave the door open for a share of the championship, while everyone will try to send their seniors out on a high note.

Lakeland so help me god if you upset another undefeated NACC team with a possibility of getting a decent playoff matchup I will dump you into Lake Michigan.  >:(

That wouldn't have been very nice. I'm sure you know how cold Lake Michigan gets this time of year!

But alas, that would have required us to actually stop Aurora at some point. Which, well...that didn't happen.

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North Region football / Re: FB: Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference
« on: November 11, 2019, 10:56:21 pm »
Week Ten:

Aurora 62 (6-0, 8-1)
Wisconsin Lutheran 7 (2-4, 2-7)

Lakeland 26 (3-3, 4-5)
Benedictine 34 (5-1, 6-3)

Concordia Wisconsin 0 (2-4, 4-5)
Eureka 24 (3-3, 5-4)

Concordia Chicago 28 (3-3, 5-4)
Rockford 25 (0-6, 1-8)

Aurora left little doubt all season that they were the team to beat in the NACC, and they left no doubt on Saturday to clinch their first trip to the NCAA Playoffs in 11 years! Congratulations to the Spartans! They've scored at least 56 points in four of their six conference games this far.

Next week, Aurora gets ready for the playoffs against Lakeland, where they can wrap up the outright NACC title with a win; Benedictine will hope they leave the door open for a share of the championship, while everyone will try to send their seniors out on a high note.

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North Region football / Re: FB: Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference
« on: November 03, 2019, 05:32:20 pm »
Week Nine:

Benedictine 25 (4-1, 5-3)
Aurora 27 (5-0, 7-1)

Lakeland 49 (3-2, 4-4)
Eureka 50 (2-3, 4-4)

Wisconsin Lutheran 17 (2-3, 2-6)
Concordia Chicago 14 (2-3, 4-4)

Rockford 27 (0-5, 1-7)
Concordia Wisconsin 41 (2-3, 4-4)

That should just about do it. Aurora held on to win the battle of undefeated teams, intercepting a game tying 2 point conversion after the Eagles had scored 2 TDs in the final 2 1/2 minutes to nearly force overtime. Combined with Lakeland's road loss, the Spartans only need one win in their last two games to clinch the NACC's playoff berth. They can get it at Wisconsin Lutheran next week.

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North Region football / Re: FB: Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference
« on: October 27, 2019, 05:59:46 pm »
Week Eight:

Rockford 14 (0-4, 1-6)
Aurora 56 (4-0, 6-1)

Eureka 14 (1-3, 3-4)
Benedictine 17 (4-0, 5-2)

Wisconsin Lutheran 6 (1-3, 1-6)
Lakeland 39 (3-1, 4-3)

Concordia Wisconsin 34 (1-3, 3-4)
Concordia Chicago 15 (2-2, 4-3)

Aurora clears another hurdle easily - and the Regents have now allowed 180 points in their last three games, ouch. But they still have plenty of work left to do, as they host Benedictine next week and travel to Lakeland for the regular season finale which could be for all the marbles.

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North Region football / Re: FB: Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference
« on: October 20, 2019, 12:33:09 am »
Week Seven:

Aurora 24 (3-0, 5-1)
Concordia Wisconsin 7 (0-3, 2-4)

Benedictine 27 (3-0, 4-2)
Wisconsin Lutheran 3 (1-2, 1-5)

Concordia Chicago 35 (2-1, 4-2)
Eureka 34 (1-2, 3-3)

Lakeland 76 (2-1, 3-3)
Rockford 21 (0-3, 1-5)

There will almost certainly be a new champion in the NACC this year as the title holders were unable to hold a 20 point lead against CUC, with Moise scoring the go ahead TD with only 15 seconds left. Even after that, the Red Devils got into Hail Mary range but were ruled to be out of time, much to the displeasure of the EC announce team. The Cougars are now one win away from clinching their first .500 or better season since 2012.

Also, no that Lakeland score is not a typo, but it is a new school record.

Next week, the top four teams in the standings host the bottom four, highlighted by Benedictine facing off with Eureka.

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North Region football / Re: FB: Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference
« on: October 13, 2019, 11:50:07 pm »
Week Six:

Concordia Chicago 27 (1-1, 3-2)
Aurora 63 (2-0, 4-1)

Rockford 13 (0-2, 1-4)
Benedictine 48 (2-0, 3-2)

Eureka 26 (1-1, 3-2)
Wisconsin Lutheran 20 (OT) (1-1, 1-4)

Concordia Wisconsin 0 (0-2, 2-3)
Lakeland 44 (1-1, 2-3)

Didn't get to see the game this week as I was traveling, but a total beatdown to regain the Cheese Bowl is not what I was expecting. Not complaining though! CUW was expected to contend this year, and two losses have all but buried those hopes, while Eureka needed overtime to avoid the same fate.

Next week, the Spartans and Eagles both hit the road as they look to remain unbeaten in conference play.

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North Region football / Re: FB: Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference
« on: October 05, 2019, 10:27:23 pm »
Week Five:

Wisconsin Lutheran 27 (1-0, 1-3)
Rockford 13 (0-1, 1-3)

Lakeland 26 (0-1, 1-3)
Concordia Chicago 31 (1-0, 3-1)

Eureka 35 (0-1, 2-2)
Aurora 62 (1-0, 3-1)

Benedictine 27 (1-0, 2-2)
Concordia Wisconsin 21 (OT) (0-1, 2-2)

It was the 3rd quarter that did the Muskies in - taking a 1 point game at halftime to an 18 point game in the opening minute of the 4th, which proved to be too big a hill to climb. But credit needs to be given to CUC, who appears to be this year's team to defy their preseason expectations like CUW did last year.

Was not expecting the Cheese Bowl next week to be a virtual must-win for both of those teams already. But you just never know in the NACC.

Elsewhere, Aurora (re?)establishes themselves as the conference favorites, Benedictine has Williams carry them to victory in overtime (5 rushes, no passes on the winning drive), and WLC opens their account in the win column.

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North Region football / Re: FB: Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference
« on: October 01, 2019, 11:51:10 am »
Week Four:

(ARV) UW-Platteville 55
Lakeland 28 (1-2)

Pleasantly surprised with how the Muskies looked on offense, especially with Wilson making his first career start behind center. There were some freshman mistakes but also some very encouraging signs. On defense...well, not so much.

Next week, it begins for really real.

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North Region football / Re: FB: Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference
« on: September 22, 2019, 01:49:15 am »
To be specific:

Concordia Wisconsin 16 (2-1)
(ARV) Trine 21

(ARV) Aurora 32 (2-1)
Hope 34

Eureka 41 (2-1)
Albion 56

Lakeland 28 (1-1)
Kalamazoo 7

Concordia Chicago 23 (2-1)
Finlandia 12

Rockford 16 (1-2)
Alma 51

Benedictine 6 (1-2)
Olivet 21

Wisconsin Lutheran 29 (0-3)
Adrian 32 (2 OT)

It was an encouraging performance by Lakeland today, as they took control in the 2nd half after both teams left chances wanting before the break. Platteville will surely be a stiff test next week - interested to see how the Muskies handle it.

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North Region football / Re: FB: Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference
« on: September 16, 2019, 12:25:47 pm »
Week Two scores:

Wisconsin Lutheran 14 (0-2)
Lawrence Tech 34

Olivet 54
Concordia Chicago 24 (1-1)

Concordia Wisconsin 31 (2-0)
Augsburg 0

Rockford 20 (1-1)
Martin Luther 34

Aurora 48 (2-0)
Elmhurst 22

Benedictine 14 (1-1)
Loras 42

MacMurray 24
Eureka 41 (2-0)

3-4 this week, with Lakeland being the only team who will play in Week 4 instead. Next week, everyone heads across and/or around the pond - if you're planning to watch on stream, remember many of these will be noon Central kickoffs.

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North Region football / Re: FB: Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference
« on: September 10, 2019, 05:56:12 pm »
Curious... 5 schools from the SLIAC play Football... 4 of them are in the UMAC (Westminster, MacMurray, Greenville, Iowa Wesleyan)... one, Eureka, is in the NACC..

The NACC makes so much more sense travel wise... Eureka moved from the UMAC to the NACC 2 years ago... Did any of the other four schools consider it, or compete for a spot?  Was only one spot available?   Will the NACC consider adding more SLIAC teams in the future, or is the membership for football full?  I am a basketball guy, thought all 5 schools were UMAC, just realized that Eureka was NACC... pleased to see Eureka is tied for No 1 with Aurora in preseason poll in NACC.

It would seem to make sense for the SLIAC teams to want to get into the NACC for football, but if I remember correctly the NACC was down to seven teams (the minimum for NCAA automatic playoff consideration) after Maranatha dropped football and with talk of Benedictine leaving for DII there may have been a perceived need for one more team for the NACC but perhaps no more. I haven't done any Google Map projections but I think that Eureka is the closest of the SLIAC football playing schools to the NACC base of northern Illinois and Wisconsin.  It might not be that no other SLIAC schools want to join the NACC but that the NACC was not looking for other teams. (Although they did just accept St. Norbert.) If I remember correctly, Eureka has background with some of the NACC schools as I think they were members of the Illini-Badger Conference in the way-back.

Good memory, RFMichigan. Eureka was in the Illini-Badger until 2008, when the NACC started sponsoring football and took Aurora, Benedictine, CUC, CUW and Lakeland with them.

Greenville and MacMurray were also members of the IBFC. RFMichigan pretty much has the timeline correct - the NACC would have been down to 6 football schools had Benedictine gone to D2. St. Norbert is joining the conference for all sports so they're a different case - they'll put the league at 9 for football once they do (and 13/14 for most other sports).

Speaking of the Green Knights, did not expect Aurora to hang 50 on them.

hopefan, not only is Eureka tied for #1 in the preseason poll, they are also the defending champions!

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North Region football / Re: FB: Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference
« on: September 06, 2019, 01:40:21 pm »
One score from last night to get the season underway:

Lake Forest 27
Wisconsin Lutheran 15

The other seven teams all open on Saturday - four in the afternoon and three in the evening.

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