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West Region football / Re: FB: American Rivers Conference
« on: October 25, 2020, 03:19:35 pm »
Andy Vujnovich was the starting punter at Dubuque.  Transferred to Wisconsin and is now their starting punter.

https://twitter.com/WisconsinOnBTN/status/1319796210836803585

Talk about the Badgers, looks like they got a newbie QB that's the real thing.  Although the opponent was Illinois.  20/21 248 yds and 5 TDs in an opener is nothing to sneeze at.  Iowa's on the other had looked like he could have used a real pre-season to get ready.  I'm prognosticating a losing season for our Hawks, lost a lot of talent from last year.

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West Region football / Re: FB: American Rivers Conference
« on: November 30, 2019, 07:48:08 am »
NWS forecast for Wheaton is not our friend,  rain, maybe thunderstorms 20-25 MPH wind.  Might not be able to put the ball in the air as much as we like,  Maybe Hopp can have a big day for us.  Couldn't get a weekend pass from the wife to get out to Chi-town, so will be looking at the stream,  hope its good.

Same for Whitewater v Warty,  may be a bit of an equalizer for the Knights,  Good Luck to both teams and Go Dutch!


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West Region football / Re: FB: American Rivers Conference
« on: November 26, 2019, 10:50:57 pm »
ARC/CENTRAL fans,

Help me out.I am looking at Centralsí stats and results. I see an offense that consistently generated 500+ a game, 30-50 pts, and a QB in Blaine Hawkins who completes 67% of his passes over his career and averages close to 300 yds a game throwing. Yet October 12th Central lost a stinker to Dubuque while scoring only 7 pts, generating 223 yds of offense and Hawkins was 9-23 with 5 interceptions (almost half his season total). What in the world happened that day?

Usee, in addition to what others have said about Dubuque, I posted the following comments after the UWW game with them:
Props to Dubuque as I feel they had pretty darn good defensive backs.
the Dubuque QB is a gamer with a nice touch.


I'm not surprised they could pop up and bite a a good team.

Dubuque absolutely was a contender this year.  I recall that very windy day as a thorn in Hawkins psyche,  Early on he had a wide open receiver on a corner route that he overthrew by 10 yards.  They had a big receiver/DB, I think Jenkins?  He caught whatever was out there including a couple Dutch passes.  However the point spread on this day was largely affected by a terrible punting game in the cross wind . At least three times two different punters shanked kicks hard right and gave Dubuque short fields.  That was also a turning point in the season for Dutch RB Hopp, as after that game they not only turned Hawkins loose they focused far more on the run game, especially Hopp.  Go Dutch!

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West Region football / Re: FB: American Rivers Conference
« on: November 24, 2019, 08:57:40 am »
Just trying to take it all in.  We were one punt away from heading out to the Peanut Pub in the 3rd quarter, but then it became 31-10, 31-17, 31-24 . . . WTH we're now in the game!

Seeing how Central was playing with a quick tempo in the early stages of the game, that became a great strategy, the big guys were getting worn down by the sometimes hurry-up offense.  UWO coach admitted in the post game interview they were tired.  No way we score in OT if the UWO D is fresh.  And the adjustments by the Defense at halftime were brilliant, whatever they were! 

McMartin in the post game simply said "hey guys if Wartburg can do it so can we!"  or something like that. ;D

When we get to this point in the playoffs, the differences in most teams are miniscule, everybody's good and you got to be on top of your game.  Congrats to the Dutch and the Knights on big wins and good luck next week,  we're both gonna need it.

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West Region football / Re: FB: American Rivers Conference
« on: November 17, 2019, 01:41:03 pm »
As I've heard said around west Michigan ... If you're not Dutch you're not much.  I love the prospects of a Hope - Central matchup ... the Flying Dutch vs. the Dutch.  If Lake Michigan wasn't in the way, I could envision regular games between MIAA teams and IIAC/ARC teams.  If the matchup does come to passin Holland, I will be on the visitors side in a red hat cheering on "my" Conference.

On second thought ... why would 9-1 Hope get to host a game and 9-1 Central have to go on the road when the MIAA can't measure up to the IIAC/ARC?   ;)  This could all be moot by this time tomorrow.
Hope is most welcome to come to Central and play once again in Schipper Stadium named after a Hope grad.

And back to the historical trivia, Central used to be the Flying Dutchman just like Hope. We changed it to the Dutch years ago, but Flying Dutchman is still in our fight song just like CUI is still in our school song.

I remember those Flying Dutchman T-shirts in the 70's . As I recall part of the change away from Flying Dutchman was about it being part of slave trades for Dutch East India Company.  Upon checking with Wikipedia (its not worth heavy research!) The Flying Dutchman is  a mythological Ghost ship, captained by one Van der Decken who "was a staunch seaman, and would have his own way in spite of the devil"

I like the episode of the Simpsons, Captain Horatio McCallister or just simply the Sea Captain is a sea captain and owner of the Frying Dutchman Restaurant..

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West Region football / Re: FB: American Rivers Conference
« on: November 16, 2019, 05:08:34 pm »
Congrats to the DUTCH . First championship in a decade, thats a long time, but now that you're there it feels good.

The mock bracket had us going to Hope, that would be cool, but a home game would be even better!  Good chance Wartburg gets in also so we have a chance to up the standing of the the IIAC . I mean ARC :-X

Congrats to all seniors extending their career by another week at a time.  Make it work!  Go Dutch!

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West Region football / Re: FB: American Rivers Conference
« on: November 10, 2019, 12:04:23 am »
Wow, a classic game that had a little bit of everything in it.  Score at will offense, followed by a huge comeback, blocked kick for a score, goal line stand inside 1 yard, trick plays all over the field, then OT and a 2 pt pat winner.  When you get 2 very good teams putting it all on the field its just a great experience.

Just look at the differentials in the box score:
1st Downs  Central +1
Rushing yds . Central +11
rush att. Central +13
Passing yds .  Central +25
Pass att.  Wart +3
Pass completions Wart +5
Plays . Central. +10
YPP  Wart +.4
Penalties  8 each
TOP Central +24 seconds

It was just the TO's that made the comeback: Takeaways Wart 3 picks, 1 blocked kick, that made the comeback possible.  I think we all could see that happening, even if we didn't want to admit that.

Congrats to both teams, but specifically to Hawkins he will go down as Central's best QB for a long time.  Now to get our focus on the Kohawks and finish this, been a long time between championships guys!  Go Dutch!

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West Region football / Re: FB: American Rivers Conference
« on: November 09, 2019, 12:53:36 am »
I was at Central for that quarterfinal game against Bethel in 2007.

Just getting to that game was brutal,  I drove about 25 miles of gravel roads because they were safer than the hard surface.  The game wasn't much better as Bethel's strong running game had a distinct advantage

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West Region football / Re: FB: American Rivers Conference
« on: October 12, 2019, 09:40:40 am »
On the road to Pella, as T. Rex said its going to be interesting to have a challenge finally.  great day for a ball game!

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West Region football / Re: FB: American Rivers Conference
« on: September 16, 2019, 09:57:27 pm »
Wartburg looked good against a Monmouth team picked to repeat as conference champions in the south, 38-7.  Two quarterbacks split the assignment, and both looked good.  JoJo McNair was everywhere, playing both sides of the ball.  He may turn out to be the conference's MVP.

It appeared to be a very successful day for the American Rivers Conference, too.  For Wartburg, it's off to Luther!  In other news, I think Central ought to be ranked.  The ARC doesn't get the respect it deserves in football, in my view.

Hard to judge Monmouth, played Wheaton and lost by 38-0 and then trounced by Warty.  Central's opponents haven't been much, but I'd agree Central should be rated.  Lets just see if DIII will put Wartburg and Central tied for #25 and leave them there until November 9.  Things are looking tight in the ARC, but barring injury and big egos leading to loses, that should be the game of the year.  Dubuque, Loras, Simpson, Coe might have something to say about that.  Ought to be fun!  Go Dutch

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West Region football / Re: FB: American Rivers Conference
« on: August 28, 2019, 11:46:21 pm »
Well I certainly think Mrs.Doolittle is a great person for taking care of our mutterings in the past.  She will forever by my favorite Spartan fan if she were to do it again.  Sorry Dolittle :o

Go Dutch!


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West Region football / Re: FB: American Rivers Conference
« on: June 02, 2019, 11:55:46 pm »
For Upper Iowa it was a case of differentiating themselves from other schools. They are now the only D2 school in Iowa. They get recruits now they never able to get before. They have also found fundraising levels have increased. Being the only D2 school in Iowa has given them advantages they never would have had in D3 or NAIA.

I was kind of dumbfounded when UIU turned to D2, but it has turned out to be a good move, as Doolittle says.  Reality of 21st Century college costs may bite them in the backside sooner or later.  Yes they have been able to compete with NSIC (5 of their  8 losses in 2018 were by a touchdown or less)  but there are still far more powerful teams that look like they are going to stay atop the league for a long time.  UIU?  Not sure what kind of  endowment UIU has, but I've heard enrollment in Fayette is down and they are relying on athletics to survive outside the online progaming.  Competition in that field is growing.  As much as I hate to say this, a thinning of Iowa private colleges is inevitable and the physical campus of UIU may become a victim. 

As for UST, MIAC was stupid,, NSIC may very well make a spot for a new D2 school.  Luther, NWU, and DBQ are the biggest schools in the ARC at a mere 2300.  UST closer to 10,000  sounds like the WIAC is a better fit.

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West Region football / Re: FB: American Rivers Conference
« on: March 08, 2019, 11:34:19 pm »
As a fan I hate bye weeks. When you are the team missing out on the first conference weekend or the last one it is even worse. They are nice for letting banged up guys heal a bit of giving you an extra week to plan for a big next game.  What do you think? Do you like the bye week or think it is a good thing?

Yawn - what are we a month from the Masters and still got 3 ft drifts in my lawn?  Not a fan of Bye weeks, although if they do come at the right time for some injury recovery they can work out.  Everybody has to put up with them so I guess we deal with it.  My biggest problem is their so boring without the Dutch on the field   ;D  I see we do have a couple of good games on the bye, Simpson/DBQ and Wartburg Lutheran Bowl.  I am a fan of 6 home games for the Dutch,  They Get Warty and Spartans at home.  But the final three go Simpson Wartburg/Coe for a tough final 3 weeks.  Hope McMartin is working on the depth chart.
Go Dutch  Now, back to hibernating.

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West Region football / Re: FB: American Rivers Conference
« on: October 21, 2018, 05:36:15 pm »
Not that I like second guessing coaches, but I think the worst damage was done in the three series immediately after the injury that Hawkins was in.  He was obviously not mobile and it impacted his throws.  Wartburg is a good team and they smelled the blood with Central going against the wind, they pressed the LOS, causing three 3 and outs and three Knight TDs from good field position.  Not that the backups would surely have done any better but would have been nice to see them work when the game was still close. With the Dutch entering the second half down 3 and one dimensional, the knights again took advantage of the windy conditions and scored 3 more to put it away.
I could not agree more. We gave them great field position way too often during that period.  I also don't understand why we chose to let them have the ball first both halves. Yes it was windy, but why volunteer to give a good opponent an extra possession?

I was baffled by that too,  Dutch kicked with the wind in the first, so I assumed they chose the end to defend (North!). But then they kicked into the wind in the second half.   ???  The Dutch got one 3 and out, but then had their own and Warty started the next drive at the 50, score, score, score, game over.  Time for crying in my beer.

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West Region football / Re: FB: American Rivers Conference
« on: October 20, 2018, 10:20:55 pm »
Not that I like second guessing coaches, but I think the worst damage was done in the three series immediately after the injury that Hawkins was in.  He was obviously not mobile and it impacted his throws.  Wartburg is a good team and they smelled the blood with Central going against the wind, they pressed the LOS, causing three 3 and outs and three Knight TDs from good field position.  Not that the backups would surely have done any better but would have been nice to see them work when the game was still close. With the Dutch entering the second half down 3 and one dimensional, the knights again took advantage of the windy conditions and scored 3 more to put it away.

Kudos to the Knight O-line for not allowing any pressure,  Sacia had good time to find the open guys and he did it all day.  The Dutch rush D wasn't as bad as the box score would have it, a 60 yard catch and run was apparently a lateral pass, then a 94 yrd run and 154 of the 282 is allowed is on these plays.  Its bend but don't break fellas, that shouldn't o' happened!

Hate to say it but we need to be Simpson fans to assure that Reverse Rose Bowl Rule  stays in effect. And the Red and White need to get back up on their horse and win out, Coe and Loras, both capable of doing damage.

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