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Re: FB: Upper Midwest Athletic Conference
« Reply #1140 on: October 04, 2020, 02:39:22 pm »
Greenville - Finlandia is 654 miles.
Westminster - Finlandia is 755 miles.

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Re: FB: Upper Midwest Athletic Conference
« Reply #1141 on: October 04, 2020, 03:07:38 pm »
I wonder if those schools when they play Finlandia might meet somewhere in the middle at a neutral site. May end up cheaper to do so.

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Re: FB: Upper Midwest Athletic Conference
« Reply #1142 on: April 04, 2021, 01:28:53 pm »
With little fanfare the UMAC spring football season is now in full gear. Greenville opened things up on March 20th with a trip to Greencastle, Indiana to face DePauw which resulted in a 41-7 victory for DePauw.

Last weekend saw 2 games with Northwestern traveling to Dubuque, Iowa to face Loras College with Loras winning that one 61-13.

The other game last weekend was the first conference game of the season with Westminster hosting Greenville with Westminster pulling out a very good game 30-22. Greenville with 3:46 to play pulled to within 23-22 on Jalen Dowell 40 yard interception return for a TD, but went for 2 rather than kick the extra point for the tie, the two point pass failed. Westminster would grind out a field long drive and score to seal the win from there.

Yesterday's action saw 3 games. The 0-2 Greenville Panthers had their home opener against Iowa Wesleyan and won another very good back and forth battle. Iowa Wesleyan took the lead in the 4th quarter 25-21, but Greenville would answer with a Paul Garrett 61 yard TD run and lead to the final score of 28-25. Paul Garrett would finish with 222 yards rushing on the day. Iowa Wesleyan was lead by their passing game and QB Gavin Esquivel who was 29 for 58 and 434 yards with 3 TD's. It will be disappointing to see Iowa Wesleyan leaving for the NAIA after this season, Coach Daniels looks like he has that program pointing up and probably could of been a danger for the UMAC title every year moving forward.

Yesterday also saw Martin Luther travel to Ripon and gain a rare UMAC non conference win 34-16. Things started a little shaky for Martin Luther with Ripon going up 10-0, but the Knights would get their powerful run game rolling and fire off 34 unanswered before Ripon answered with a closing score with a 1:41 to play. Martin Luther rushed for 345 yards on the day, lead by Joshuah Kren with 210 yards on 23 carries. Oestreich chipped in with 63 yards on 10 carries and Butler added 9-57. Martin Luther owned a 39:58 to 20:02 time of possession advantage in this game.

The third game was an evening battle with Northwestern hosting Minnesota-Morris which turned out to be a wonderfully even matched game. The Cougars would get on the board first with a Garrett Elison 38 yard pass reception from Marcus Reeb and held a 7-3 advantage after one period, but Northwestern would answer with 3 scores in the 2nd quarter that was highlighted by a 73 yard pass from Ryan Flanigan to KJ Downey for a 24-10 halftime lead. Minnesota-Morris came out in the 3rd quarter battling and put up two TD's in the quarter, but the second PAT was blocked and Northwestern would hold a 24-23 lead heading to the 4th. Defense ruled from there and Northwestern would add a FG in the final period as the only score by either team for a final of 27-23.

These games are very much under the radar, but have been some very fun football to watch.

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Re: FB: Upper Midwest Athletic Conference
« Reply #1143 on: April 11, 2021, 02:58:16 pm »
Four games were scheduled yesterday, 2 conference and 2 non-conference.

The Northwestern trip to Decorah, Iowa to play Luther was cancelled for reasons unknown to me.

In the other non-conference game Greenville traveled to play Lake Forest that resulted in a 27-2 lose. The Panthers got on the board first with a safety and lead after one quarter 2-0, but Lake Forest would score 27 unanswered for the final score. Adding to the disappointment of the lose for Greenville is that they played them fairly even on the day, but four turnovers to none for Lake Forest was just too much to over come. Greenville's defense did their part most of the game, giving up a total of 145 yards of offense on the day. Lake Forest took the lead in the 2nd quarter on a 81 yard punt return and would add short field TD drives in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th quarters to do enough for the win.

Westminster traveled to Iowa Wesleyan and would get a 20-13 road victory. Westminster was in control of this one for most of the day, but it did get interesting when with 4:16 to play and the Blue Jays leading 20-6. At mid field, on a short pass to the flat the receiver would fumble and IWU's Jaheem Hampton would scoop and score with a 50 yard return. Watching it live I was surprised the receiver was not ruled down because it looked liked the ground caused the fumble, but the play would stand. Westminster would grind out 10 plays and most of the clock to salt the game away and get the victory.

Martin Luther College traveled to Minnesota-Morris and Coach Hoffmann had a few tricks up his sleeve to surprise the visitors to start the game. The Cougars opened the game with a 57 yard TD pass from Marcus Reeb to Mark Chapman on the opening drive to go up 7-0. On the next kickoff the Cougars would get the ball right back on a perfect onside kick and had the Knights on their heels, but on the fourth play of the drive MLC's Nathan Golisch would intercept a pass in the redzone at the 12 yard line. From there the Knights would reel off 44 straight points with their run game in high gear. Austin DeNoyer had 218 yards rushing on 12 carries with TD runs of 60,27,71 on the day, all done in 2 1/2 quarters of play before taking a seat for the day. MLC would end the day with 487 yards rushing on 6o attempts. The young Cougars kept fighting all day and put together a nice final drive for a TD and the final score of 44-14.     
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Re: FB: Upper Midwest Athletic Conference
« Reply #1144 on: April 11, 2021, 04:32:19 pm »
Four games were scheduled yesterday, 2 conference and 2 non-conference.

The Northwestern trip to Decorah, Iowa to play Luther was cancelled for reasons unknown to me.

https://luthernorse.com/news/2021/4/9/general-football-games-with-northwestern-mn-and-university-of-dubuque-canceled.aspx
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Re: FB: Upper Midwest Athletic Conference
« Reply #1145 on: April 11, 2021, 08:44:59 pm »
Thanks Pat, I was thinking that was probably it. 

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Re: FB: Upper Midwest Athletic Conference
« Reply #1146 on: April 21, 2021, 07:38:31 pm »
Well the UMAC football schedule went a little off the rails last weekend. Originally there was to be two games Friday the 16th with Crown visiting Minnesota-Morris and Martin Luther visiting Northwestern. Also a Saturday game was scheduled with Greenville headed to Iowa Wesleyan. As it turned out all 3 games were cancelled. With some quick work by Martin Luther they rescheduled their Augsburg game for Sunday the 18th that was originally scheduled for the 24th which became possible when Augsburg's game with St. Thomas was cancelled. So one game was played.

The game was not a very clean game, it included 6 TO's and 12 penalties. Those thing aside it was a very evenly matched game that featured the Augsburg passing game against the MLC running game. Augsburg held a slight total yardage advantage over the Knights 397-373. The two teams traded TD's in the first quarter and after the Augsburg stopped MLC's 4th down attempt inside the 5 yard line late in the 2nd quarter it looked like the score may remain 7-7 to the half. But Augsburg struck quickly with a Braden Tretter 94 yard pass from Cade Sheehan and a few plays later the Knights would fumble and the visitors would add a FG on the last play of the half for a 17-7 halftime advantage. Those final minutes of the first half would prove too much for MLC to overcome, they would have their chances late in the 4th, but another turnover inside of the 2 minute mark was the final nail in the coffin. Augsburg would get the victory 24-21.

Two games were scheduled for this coming Saturday with Northwestern going to Crown and Westminster visiting Greenville. The Northwestern-Crown game has already been cancelled, but as of now the Westminster-Greenville game is still on. Here's hoping they can get that one in and have at least one game in the UMAC this week.     

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Re: FB: Upper Midwest Athletic Conference
« Reply #1147 on: April 24, 2021, 08:24:34 pm »
And the Westminster @ Greenville is also cancelled. No games this weekend in the UMAC.

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Re: FB: Upper Midwest Athletic Conference
« Reply #1148 on: May 03, 2021, 10:25:21 am »
Two games were played this past weekend, I must confess that I did not watch any of them because I was at the Derby so I only have a box score review here.

Iowa Wesleyan traveled to Westminster and came away with what looks like an impressive win 35-14. The Tigers had another nice day throwing the ball with 388 yards passing and 506 yards in total offense. Coach Daniels has got the IWU going in the right direction and I personally am disappointed that this was their last UMAC game as they head to the NAIA next season. Good Luck to the IWU team and staff on their 2021 fall season.

The other game was a late add, Mayville State traveled to Martin Luther and it looks on paper like it was an outstanding game with MLC coming away with the 39-31 win. MLC had their QB Ethan Aguilar back for this one and it appears to help add a little more balance to the attack this weekend. One of the highlights was RB Carson Oestreich with a school record setting 93 yard run in the second quarter. Austin DeNoyer added 112 yards rushing to his MLC career rushing record total and Joshuah Kren added 120 yards receiving with two TD's. DeNoyer and Kren have been an amazing tandem the past few seasons for the Knights, it will be interesting to see where it goes from here. MLC finishes the season 3-1.