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North Region football / Re: FB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: June 23, 2020, 02:25:25 pm »
to much liability for schools in d3 that dont make millions

Someone correct me if I'm wrong here (and I might be), but why would the schools be liable? Ultimately, it's the players who will have to decide if they're comfortable assuming the added risk (in addition to the risk you assume every time you take the field!) to play or not. And if enough of them don't want to that you can't field a team...

These players aren't on athletic scholarships, so whether or not they are comfortable playing football this year has no financial impact on them and no impact on their ability to go to school.

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North Region football / Re: FB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: June 19, 2020, 01:52:53 pm »
27 conferences qualify automatically for the postseason, so (if we assume nearly everybody plays) I'm not sure how the championship committee would ever get the requisite approval for constricting the field to just 16 teams.  I think you'd have no championship before you had a championship that chopped out 1/3 of the automatic qualifiers.

I for one would rather they keep the regular season intact and get rid of the playoffs if they need to be done by Thanksgiving. If you had a 16 team playoff, the first round would have to be on Halloween to get it done by Thanksgiving and that would only leave 8 weeks for the regular season unless they started earlier.

Though of course, I say that as a fan of a team whose conference has never won a playoff game, lol.

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Central Region / Re: MBB: Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference
« on: June 10, 2020, 01:26:14 pm »
Lakeland U. recruits.

https://twitter.com/WisBBYearbook/status/1260671610119479305?s=20

Cam Jaeger from Oostburg. Very good player.

Interesting, thanks for posting this! I'm not sure how I feel about the Muskies somehow having even less of a low post presence than they did last year (with Anderson having graduated), but maybe that is just the grumpy old traditionalist in me speaking and it will work when you put it on the floor. Guess we'll have to see.

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Take this for whatever it's worth - and a couple months out yet, I feel like that's not a whole lot? - but the NACC is optimistic that we'll have some #NACCtion this fall.

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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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