October 17, 2012

Central hoping for faster start at Luther

More news about: Central

Finding the end zone early will be a point of emphasis Saturday as Central College treks to Decorah for an Iowa Conference football game at Luther College

Game time is 1 p.m. at Carlson Stadium. Trevor Castle will call the action on KRLS-FM (92.1). The broadcast can also be accessed at www.kniakrls.com or through www.central.edu/athletics.

Records—Central is 2-4 overall and 1-2 in the league. The Dutch erased a 23-0 deficit last Saturday but missed some scoring opportunities in the red zone, suffering a 30-25 setback to Buena Vista University. 

Luther is searching for its first season win at 0-6 overall with a 0-3 conference mark. The Norse jumped to a 10-0 first-quarter lead last Saturday before Wartburg College took over for a 24-10 win.

The series—Central toppled the Norse last year, 37-9, with four touchdowns in a 13-minute span in the second half. The Dutch haven't lost to Luther since 2008 and hold a 50-22-1 lead in the all-time series, which began in 1928.

The Norse—Luther is averaging 186.5 yards a game passing and 123.2 yards rushing while giving up an average of 193.3 yards through the air and 178.2 yards on the ground. The squad's pass defense ranks second in the conference.

"Luther plays a lot of man-to-man," coach Jeff McMartin said. "They'll put pressure on you and they cover well and run well. You've got to be patient and take advantage of what they give you."

The Norse graduated all-America linebacker Kyle McGivney, but return seven starters on defense including two all-league picks from last year's 3-7 club. Senior linebacker Trent Kerrigan (5-10, 2-5) ranks second in the conference with 71 tackles. He's made 36 solo stops and two sacks.

Offensively, Luther has seven starters back. Senior quarterback Kody Moore (6-3, 235) has completed 103 of 186 passes for 1,103 yards with seven touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

"He wasn't their starting quarterback last year, but he played against us," McMartin said. "He's a big kid who throws the ball well and moves around well in the pocket."

Moore's top targets are senior wide receiver Zach Jipp (6-0, 210) and junior receiver Matt Jaronik (5-11, 180). Jipp has 261 yards on 25 catches with one touchdown while Jaronik has 266 yards on 24 catches with two touchdowns. Senior backup Adam Bohr (6-1, 200) has racked up 308 yards on just 19 catches.

On the ground, senior running back Dan Ridenour (5-9, 200) has 76 carries for 352 yards with two touchdowns. He has the team's most all-purpose yards, averaging 82.5 a game.

"Luther has a lot of people back on offense," McMartin said. "They use them all in various positions and they do a nice job up front."

Senior placekicker Seth Streeter (5-11, 175) has connected on 4-of-5 field goals, which is second in the league behind Central's Kevin Sheldon (sophomore, West Des Moines, Valley HS), who is 6-for-7.

Slow out of the gate—Central is racking up points in the second half, outscoring opponents 102- 58, but the Dutch have struggled to get going early. Central has been held scoreless in the first quarter the past two weeks.

"Getting off to a quick start and getting some momentum will be important," McMartin said. "We've got to take advantage of opportunities and make plays."

The Dutch did generate some offensive numbers last Saturday, outgaining Buena Vista 444 yards to 352. Sophomore quarterback Aaron Eiseler (Mesa, Ariz., Red Mountain HS) came in after Central's second possession and completed a career-high 29 of 49 passes for 278 yards with two interceptions and a touchdown.

Central had a 166-34 rushing yardage advantage against the Beavers and running back Ross Doehrmann (senior, Williamsburg) tallied a season-high 79 yards on 13 carries.

Clean it up—McMartin has been talking about eliminating turnovers all year, and this week is no different. Central had two turnovers in the red zone at Buena Vista and has committed 17 for the year.

"Eliminating mistakes has been the focus of our team for a number of weeks now," McMartin said. "We need to get past those critical errors that are jumping up and getting us."

Central has scored on just six of 11 trips inside the red zone the past two weeks, but are 17-23 for the year (74 percent). The squad's opponents aren't much more efficient with 18 scores on 23 attempts (78 percent).

"When you get in the red zone you've got to get points on the board," McMartin said. "That's one of the things that really bit us last week. We've spent a lot of time on it in practice during the week and it's something we want to be good at."

They don't quit—McMartin is happy with the team's fight.

"The guys play hard and battle and we're pleased with their effort," he said. "They have an attitude to never quit, which is a good quality in football and in life."

Notes—Sophomore Jordan Wachter (sophomore, Clive, Waukee HS) slides into the starting linebacker slot, replacing an injured Andrew Weaks (senior, Fulton, Ill.)…Central's defeats to Simpson and Buena Vista are the program's first back-to-back losses since 2004…The Dutch completed 2 of 2 fourth-down conversions at Buena Vista and are leading the league at 9-13 (69.2 percent).

comments powered by Disqus
Sep. 4: All times Eastern
8:00 PM
East Texas Baptist at Tex. A&M-Commerce
Audio
Sep. 5: All times Eastern
7:00 PM
Anna Maria at Worcester State
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Western New England at Springfield
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Albright at Kean
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Widener at Rowan
Live Stats Live Stats Audio
7:00 PM
WPI at Curry
Live Stats Live Stats
7:00 PM
Mass-Dartmouth at Mount Ida
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Salve Regina at Bridgewater State
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
William Paterson at SUNY-Maritime
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Ursinus at TCNJ
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Fitchburg State at Becker
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Nichols at Westfield State
Live Stats Video
7:30 PM
McDaniel at Catholic
Live Stats
7:30 PM
Trine at Manchester
Live Stats Live Stats Audio Audio
8:00 PM
Waldorf at UW-Whitewater
Live Stats
Sep. 6: All times Eastern
12:00 PM
Endicott at Framingham State
Live Stats Video
12:00 PM
Dickinson at Hobart
Live Stats Video Audio
12:00 PM
Holland College (PEI, Canada) at Maine Maritime
Video
12:00 PM
Otterbein at St. John Fisher
Live Stats Audio
12:00 PM
Union at Ithaca
12:00 PM
Pomona-Pitzer at MIT
Preview Video
12:00 PM
Husson at Alfred
Video
12:00 PM
Randolph-Macon at Johns Hopkins
Live Stats Video
12:00 PM
Cortland State at Buffalo State
Live Stats
1:00 PM
St. Lawrence at Coast Guard
Video
1:00 PM
Thomas More at Wesley
Live Stats Audio Audio
1:00 PM
Plymouth State at Castleton State
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Lebanon Valley at Franklin and Marshall
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Emory and Henry at Ferrum
Audio
1:00 PM
Washington and Lee at Averett
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Hampden-Sydney at Wabash
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Rose-Hulman at Kalamazoo
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Wilmington at Olivet
Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
King's at Moravian
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Alfred State at Morrisville State
Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
Susquehanna at Lycoming
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Oberlin at Brockport State
1:00 PM
Utica at Misericordia
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Delaware Valley at Montclair State
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Southern Virginia at Methodist
Video
1:00 PM
Marietta at Kenyon
1:00 PM
Merchant Marine at Apprentice
1:00 PM
Muhlenberg at Wilkes
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Sewanee at DePauw
Live Stats Video Audio
1:30 PM
Ohio Wesleyan at Bluffton
Live Stats
1:30 PM
Adrian at Defiance
Live Stats Video Audio
1:30 PM
RPI at Norwich
Live Stats Video
1:30 PM
Alma at Heidelberg
1:30 PM
Berry at Maryville (Tenn.)
Live Stats Video Audio
1:30 PM
Bridgewater (Va.) at Gettysburg
Video Audio
1:30 PM
Muskingum at Waynesburg
Audio
1:30 PM
St. Vincent at John Carroll
1:30 PM
Mount Union at Bethany
Live Stats Video
1:30 PM
Juniata at Grove City
Live Stats Audio
2:00 PM
Franklin at Illinois Wesleyan
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Rhodes at Austin
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Carleton at Macalester
Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
UW-Platteville at Buena Vista
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Ohio Northern at Washington U.
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
UW-River Falls at St. John's
Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
Crown at Gustavus Adolphus
2:00 PM
Concordia-Moorhead at Jamestown
2:00 PM
Simpson at Iowa Wesleyan
2:00 PM
Hope at Monmouth
Preview Audio
2:00 PM
Lawrence at Rockford
2:00 PM
Carroll at Lakeland
2:00 PM
Elmhurst at Loras
2:00 PM
Millikin at Greenville
Audio
2:00 PM
Coe at Wheaton (Ill.)
2:00 PM
Presentation at Luther
Video
2:00 PM
Martin Luther at Maranatha Baptist
Video
2:00 PM
MacMurray at Culver-Stockton
2:00 PM
Eureka at Knox
2:00 PM
UW-Stout at Dakota Wesleyan
2:00 PM
Huntingdon at Louisiana College
Video
2:00 PM
Ripon at St. Scholastica
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Hendrix at Westminster (Mo.)
Video
2:10 PM
UW-Eau Claire at St. Thomas
Audio Audio
3:00 PM
St. Norbert at Carthage
Live Stats Video
4:00 PM
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at Puget Sound
4:00 PM
Lewis and Clark at Whitworth
Live Stats Video
4:00 PM
College of Idaho at Pacific
Live Stats Video Audio
4:30 PM
Arizona Christian at George Fox
5:00 PM
Hartwick at Western Connecticut
6:00 PM
Salisbury at Christopher Newport
6:00 PM
Augustana at Mount St. Joseph
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Carnegie Mellon at Case Western Reserve
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Stevenson at N.C. Wesleyan
Live Stats Video Audio
7:00 PM
Butler at Wittenberg
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Shenandoah at Gallaudet
Preview Live Stats Audio
7:00 PM
Wooster at Washington and Jefferson
Live Stats Video Audio
7:00 PM
Geneva at Frostburg State
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Thiel at Allegheny
7:00 PM
Taylor (Ind.) at Anderson
Live Stats Audio
7:00 PM
Hiram at Westminster (Pa.)
7:00 PM
Denison at Earlham
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Greensboro at Guilford
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Aurora at Illinois College
7:00 PM
Albion at UW-Stevens Point
Live Stats Video Audio
7:00 PM
Concordia (Wis.) at North Park
7:00 PM
Beloit at Chicago
Live Stats
7:00 PM
LaGrange at Birmingham-Southern
7:00 PM
Howard Payne at Trinity (Texas)
Audio
7:00 PM
Mary Hardin-Baylor at Millsaps
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Sul Ross State at Texas Lutheran
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Robert Morris-Chicago at UW-Oshkosh
7:00 PM
UW-La Crosse at Dubuque
Live Stats Video
7:30 PM
Hanover at Centre
7:30 PM
Central at Benedictine
Live Stats Video Audio
8:00 PM
St. Olaf at Northwestern (Minn.)
8:00 PM
Hamline at Minnesota-Morris
8:00 PM
Lake Forest at Wisconsin Lutheran
Live Stats Audio
8:00 PM
Wartburg at Augsburg
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
8:00 PM
Hardin-Simmons at Southwestern
Live Stats Audio
Dec. 20: All times Eastern
Final
at UW-Whitewater 52, Mount Union 14
@ Salem Stadium; Salem, Va.
Recap Photos Photos
Dec. 14: All times Eastern
Final
UW-Whitewater 16, at Mary Hardin-Baylor 15
Recap Recap Photos
Final
at Mount Union 41, North Central (Ill.) 40
Box Score Recap Recap Photos

What We're Reading