Elmhurst Topples Augustana on Late Touchdown Run
ELMHURST, Ill. - Scottie Williams' eight-yard touchdown run with 45 seconds remaining lifted the Elmhurst football team to a 31-27 come-from-behind win over Augustana College at Langhorst Field.
Augustana (1-4, 0-2 CCIW) went on top 27-24 with 2:36 left to play on Eric Chandler's 37-yard touchdown run, setting the stage for the Bluejays' two-minute drive.
Elmhurst's defense put the game away in the closing seconds when Alvin Chackungal picked off Nick Welch with just 15 seconds left to play.
Trailing 14-10 at the half, the Bluejays quickly took a third-quarter lead. Elmhurst drove 73 yards off the second half kickoff and pulled to within a point on David Tomis' 23-yard field goal. After Elmhurst's defense held, the Bluejays surged ahead when Williams capped a four-play, 64-yard drive with a two-yard plunge. The drive was keyed by a 59-yard completion from Furco to Ryan Maguire with Maguire dragging tacklers down to the Augustana nine-yard line. Williams scampered into the end zone on the two-point conversion to put the Bluejays on top 21-14.
Augustana answered back with a 51-yard scoring drive capped by a 10-yard touchdown run from Welch to knot the score at 21.
After a quick start by Elmhurst, Augustana controlled much of the action in the opening half. The Vikings outgained the Bluejays 272-161 in the opening thirty minutes. Elmhurst capitalized on a Vikings fumble in the opening quarter, scoring just two plays later on a 24-yard toss from Furco to Joe Sanfilippo.
The Vikings answered back with a 6-yard touchdown pass from Welch to Nick Krantz to tie the score late in the first quarter. Elmhurst drove inside the red zone early in the second quarter but settled for a 21-yard field goal from Tomis.
Augustana scored the final points of the opening half on its ensuing possession. Running the option, Welch pitched the ball to Brett McWilliams who raced 58 yards to the end zone to put the Vikings on top 14-10 at the half.
Williams led Elmhurst on the ground, carrying 25 times for 168 yards and two touchdowns. Furco finished 20-of-39 through the air for 255 yards. Chase Hamby and Gabrys each caught four passes to lead the Elmhurst receivers.
McWilliams carried 10 times for 164 yards and a touchdown to lead the Vikings on the ground. Chandler carried for 64 yards while Welch finished 9-of-21 through the air for 126 yards.
Dan Vacari led Elmhurst's defense, totaling a team-leading 10 tackles, including a pair of sacks and a forced fumble. Wayne Tuckson added seven stops for the Bluejays.
Erik Westerberg recorded 13 tackles for Augustana, including 2.5 tackles for loss and a sack.
Elmhurst hosts Wheaton College next Saturday as part of the College's annual homecoming weekend. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.