St. John’s vs. Gustavus: At a glance

St. John’s (4-1 MIAC, 6-1 overall) at Gustavus (2-3 MIAC, 4-3 overall)

Game time: 1 p.m. Saturday, Hollingsworth Field, St. Peter.

Last meeting: St. John’s defeated Gustavus 31-17 on Oct. 27, 2012 in Collegeville.

Series: St. John’s leads 45-31-3.

Radio coverage: SJ: WBHR (660 AM, Central Minnesota); WLOL (1330 AM, Twin Cities); KOWZ (1170 AM, Southern Minnesota); G: KNUJ (860 AM, New Ulm/Mankato/St. Peter area).

(Check out the full game preview story in Saturday’s online and print editions of the St. Cloud Times. For live game coverage, check out the live coverage link at www.sctimes.com or follow Frank Rajkowski at @rajko1973 on Twitter)

St. John’s at a glance

Starters on offense

WR - Rob Voshell, Jr. (6-1, 190); LT – Alex Jarosz, Jr. (6-4, 295); LG – Rob Sybrant, Sr. (6-3, 280); C -Kevin Battis, Sr. (6-1, 280); RG – Ross Carlson, Jr. (6-3, 300); RT – Jack Hedlund, Sr. (6-3, 280); TE – Colin Moynihan, Sr. (6-0, 200); WR – Josh Bungum, So. (5-9, 170); QB – Connor Bruns, Sr. (6-3, 215); RB – Jakob Certeza, Fr. (6-1, 215); RB – Jake Essler, Sr. (5-9, 175).

Starters on defense

DE – Nate Blenker, Sr. (6-4, 280); DT – Paul Plombon, Sr. (6-3, 240); DT – Ben Rossini, Jr. (6-3, 235); DE – Matt Workman, Jr. (6-2, 220); LB – Drake Matuska, So. (6-2, 230); LB – Andrew Rose, Jr. (6-2, 205); OLB – Carter Hanson, Fr. (5-11, 190); CB – Dylan Graves, Sr. (6-2, 200); CB – Trevor Warner, So. (6-0, 180); SS – Darryl Williams, Sr. (6-1, 195); FS – Nolan Lortz, Sr. (5-11, 175)

Specialists

Kicker – Alexi Johnson, Fr. (5-6, 160); Punter – Griffin Toomey, Fr. (6-0, 190); Long snapper - Lucas Glomb, Fr. (5-10, 170); Holder – Johnny Benson, So. (5-11, 180); Kickoff returns - Jake Essler, Sr. (5-9, 175); Andrew Norri, Jr. (5-9, 180); Punt returns – Jake Essler, Sr. (5-9, 175); Andrew Norri, Jr. (5-9, 180)

Top rushers: Sam Sura 93 carries, 392 yards, 4.2 yards per carry, 4 touchdowns; Jakob Certeza 73 carries, 332 yards, 4.5 yards per carry, 1 touchdown.

Top passers: Connor Bruns 97-170-4 interceptions, 1,088 yards, 7 touchdowns; Nick Martin 30-56-4 interceptions, 351 yards, 1 touchdown.

Top receivers: Josh Bungum 59 catches, 579 yards, 9.8 yards per catch, 2 touchdowns; Rob Voshell 18 catches, 280 yards, 15.6 yards per catch, 4 touchdowns.

Top tacklers: Andrew Rose 33 solo tackles, 25 assists, 7 tackles-for-loss, 1 sack, 1 fumble recovery; Drake Matuska 32 solo tackles, 14 assists, 6.5 tackles-for-loss, 3 sacks, 1 fumble recovery.

What they’re saying about Gustavus: “They like to get the ball into the hands of their playmakers,” Johnnies senior safety Nolan Lortz said. “They have a couple of really good players offensively and they try to get them the ball as much as possible.”

Gustavus at a glance

Starters on offense

QB - Mitch Hendricks, So. (6-0, 160); RB – Jeffrey Dubose, Sr. (5-9, 190); WR – Cole Engen, Sr. (6-4, 220); WR 2 George Buchner, Fr. (6-0, 185); WR – Matt Boyce, So. (6-2, 170); TE – Alex Brodjeski, Sr. (6-1, 250); LT – Marcus Kelly, So. (6-1, 250); LG – Lyle Opdahl, Sr. (6-2, 260); C – David Gschneidner, Sr. (6-3, 270); RG – Trevor Winkelman, Sr. (6-4, 270); RT – Wyatt Adams, Sr. (6-3, 285).

Starters on defense

DE – Andrew Lonneman, Jr. (6-3, 215); DT – Travis Pepper, Jr. (6-2, 295); DT – Donte Green, Sr. (6-3, 275); DE – Cameron Cropsey, Jr. (6-2, 225); WLB – Joe Haas, Sr. (5-11, 225); MLB – Matt Keller, Jr. (6-0, 225); SLB – Anthony Boyce, Jr. (6-1, 215); CB – Zach Dilger, Jr. (6-0, 205); CB – Torey Asao, Sr. (5-10, 170); FS – Beau Bachman, Sr. (6-0, 195); SS – Jake Forcier, Jr. (6-0, 190)

Specialists

Kicker – Thomas Schleusener, Jr. (6-4, 200); P – Levi Gibbs, So. (6-1, 185); Long snapper – Kellan Euerle, Sr. (6-2, 200); Holder – Aaron O’Gorman, Sr. (5-7, 225); Kickoff returns – Beau Bachman, Sr. (6-0, 195); Matt Boyce, So. (6-2, 170); Punt returns – Beau Bachman, Sr. (6-0, 195)

Top rushers: Jeffrey Dubose 176 carries, 928 yards, 5.3 yards per carry, 15 touchdowns; Aaron O’Gorman 29 carries, 101 yards, 3.5 yards per carry, 2 touchdowns.

Top passers: Mitch Hendricks 136-221-7 interceptions, 1,323 yards, 8 touchdowns; Sam Lundberg 3-5-0 interceptions 46 yards, no touchdowns.

Top receivers: Matt Boyce 40 catches, 445 yards, 11.1 yards per catch, 2 touchdowns; Phillip Butler 32 catches, 220 yards, 6.9 yards per catch, no touchdowns.

Top tacklers: Joe Haas 20 solo tackles, 20 assists, 5 tackles-for-loss, 1 fumble recovery; Cameron Cropsey 18 solo tackles, 18 assists, 8 tackles-for-loss, 1.5 sacks, 1 interception.

What they’re saying about St. John’s: “They’re going to try and execute as well as they can, and we’re going to try and execute as well as we can,” sophomore quarterback Mitch Hendricks said. “And the team that does it best will be the team that comes out on top.”

Game notes

* Hendricks played at St. John’s as a freshman last fall and saw spot action in nine games before transferring to Gustavus in the offseason.

“I wanted to start as a sophomore and I thought being at Gustavus gave me the best chance to do that,” said Hendricks, who has started all seven games for the Gusties this season. “I liked being at St. John’s and the players and coaches were great. But it all came down to the fact that I wanted to start.”

* Johnnies sophomore running back Sam Sura, who sat out a 23-13 win at Carleton on Oct. 19 with a sprained right lateral collateral ligament, has practiced this week and is expected to see action Saturday, though freshman Jakob Certeza and senior Jake Essler will start at the running back spots.

Meanwhile, at quarterback, senior Connor Bruns also sat out the win at Carleton with a sprained foot. He too has practiced this week, but he and Martin have split reps with the first-team offense. And Fasching said after practice Friday that Martin would start Saturday’s game, but that Bruns is also likely to see action.

Senior defensive lineman Nate Blenker, who also missed the win over the Knights with a quad injury, is expected to start against Gustavus.

* The Gusties have also battled the injury bug. Head coach Pete Haugen said junior wide receiver Michael Hintze has been unable to play all year. And senior wide receiver Phillip Butler has also missed the past three weeks. He might return this season, but is not expected to play Saturday. The team also lost a pair of tight ends early in the year.

* St. John’s leads the overall series between the two schools 45-31-3 and has won the last 15 meetings in a row and 25 of the past 26. The last Gustavus win in the series was a 24-16 victory in Collegeville in 1997. The last time the Gusties beat the Johnnies in St. Peter was a 28-20 victory in 1986.

* There are local ties on the Gustavus roster. Junior starting safety Jake Forcier is a graduate of Eden Valley-Watkins. Senior defensive back Kellan Euerle, also the team’s long snapper, is a graduate of St. Cloud Tech whose brother Tyson played at St. John’s. 

* The Gusties rank second in the MIAC with an average of 306.3 yards allowed per game and have allowed an average of just 117.6 yards per game on the ground, which also ranks second in the conference. Senior linebacker Joe Haas (5-11, 225) leads the team with 40 tackles, including five for a loss.

* Gustavus senior running back Jeffrey Dubose leads the MIAC with 15 rushing touchdowns this season and ranks second in rushing yardage with 928. He is one touchdown shy of the school’s career rushing touchdown record and is already the school’s all-time leader in total touchdowns.

* Johnnies sophomore receiver Josh Bungum leads the MIAC in receptions this season with 59. Both of Bungum’s parents attended Gustavus and he considered playing for the Gusties as well before deciding on St. John’s.

* Junior linebacker Andrew Rose now has 170 career tackles, which ranks him 36th in school history (since records began being kept defensively in 1983). That puts him one behind current White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough (1988-91) in 35th place.

* St. John’s currently ranks second nationally in Division III in fumbles recovered (13) and seventh in turnovers forced (23).

Frank Rajkowski

About Frank Rajkowski


Follow Frank Rajkowski at https://twitter.com/rajko1973
This entry was posted in Online. Bookmark the permalink.