September 1, 2012

Carthage Upset No. 38 Adrian, 20-17, on Sept. 1

More news about: Carthage

On a warm, humid afternoon in southern Michigan, the Carthage College football team (1-0, 0-0 College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin) opened its 2012 season on Saturday, Sept. 1 with a 20-17 upset of No. 38 Adrian College (0-1) at Adrian's Multisport Performance Stadium in Adrian, Mich.  A late field goal by the Red Men's Brett Bukari (Jr., Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Beverly Hills-Detroit Day) broke a 17-17 tie.

Carthage struck first on a 12-yard quarterback sneak by A.J. Simoncelli (Fr., Downers Grove, Ill./South) at 12:16 first period.  Brett Bukari's point-after was good, and the Red Men led, 7-0,.  A 36-yard pass play from Simoncelli to Nick Gremley (Sr., Niles, Ill./West) set up that score.  A 23-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown by free safety Alex Vitkauskas (Sr., Tinley Park, Ill./Chicago-St. Rita) gave Carthage a 14-0 lead at 2:39.

Adrian missed on a 25-yard field-goal attempt by Dustin Salliotte at 14:12 second period, but the Bulldogs came right back.  A 43-yard pass from quarterback Aaron Tenney to Justin Hemm set up a two-yard touchdown carry by Damon Brown at 9:57.  Salliotte's kick was good, and the score was 14-7.  Carthage's Bukari missed a 45-yard field-goal attempt at 5:39 and a 36-yarder with 51 seconds remaining in the half.  Adrian kicker Ben Klaver just missed a 50-yard field-goal attempt as time ran out in the half.

Carthage upped its lead to 17-7 at 7:29 third period on a 37-yard field goal by Bukari.  Salliotte connected on a 35-yard field goal with 19 seconds to play in the third period, shaving the Red Men's lead to 17-10.  A 37-yard pass from Tenney to Hemm midway through the fourth period set the Bulldogs' game-tying touchdown.  Tenney scored on a fourth-and-inches at 8:29, and Salliotte's point-after was good for a 17-17 tie.

With Adrian on the Carthage 33-yard line, Red Men cornerback Aaron Morris was whistled for pass interference, giving the Bulldogs a first down at the 18-yard line.  Adrian's drive stalled out, and Ben Klaver's 41-yard field goal attempt was blocked by Nick Dorau.

The Red Men took over on their own 22-yard line.  A 36-yard screen pass from Simoncelli to Reggie Miller put Carthage on the Adrian 15-yard line.  With the Red Men going for the touchdown on fourth-and-one at the five-yard line, the Bulldogs were called for offside, giving Carthage a first-and-goal at the three-yard line.  With fourth-and-goal on the five and 20 seconds remaining, Bukari connected on a 22-yard field goal for the winning, 20-17 margin.  "On the last drive," said Carthage coach Tim Rucks, "we started to work the clock.  We didn't want to score too quickly and give them a chance to march down the field.  We told the offensive line that we were going run on that last series of plays, and they got it done. That last drive was just a setup for Brett Bukari's field goal.  We wanted the ball in the middle of the field, and we had confidence in Brett Bukari, even though he missed two field goals earlier."

Carthage collected 287 total offensive yards, 116 rushing and 171 passing while Adrian collected 404 yards, just 81 on the ground and 323 in the air.  Carthage quarterback A.J. Simoncelli had a fine freshman debut, completing 15-of-25 passes for 171 yards while rushing for 14 yards.  Reggie Miller ran for 47 yards on 13 carries., and Nick Gremley caught six passes for 67 yards.   Brett Bukari connected on two-of-four field-goal attempts.  Bulldogs quarterback Aaron Tenney completed 22-of-34 passes for 323 yards, with Justin Hemm catching nine of those for 169 yards.  Carthage defensive tackle Nick Dorau (Sr., Kenosha, Wis./Bradford) had two sacks, as did defensive ends Mike Merucci (Sr., Kenosha, Wis./Bradford) and Tyler O'Brien (Sr., Cary, Ill./Cary-Grove).

"It was a hard-fought win," said Rucks, "and I honestly didn't know where it was headed at the end.  When we needed it, we found it.  We had a great first series to open the game, and then we had a good one to finish the game.  Everything in between, we'll work on next week.  The kids found a way to win, and I'm excited for them  Adrian is a good team and picked to win their league, so this was a good win.  Adrian didn't pressure us all that much.  Our pass protection was good, better than I thought it would be.  A.J. Simoncelli did a lot nice little things that don't show up in the stats.  He is a very composed individual, and he will grow a lot from this game.  His potential is unlimited.  He never got rattled or shook.  I think we have the best defensive line in the league—they're pretty good.  It's the strength of our team right now."

Carthage now enjoys an off-week before playing host to No. 41 Wartburg College on Saturday, Sept. 15 in a 1 p.m. contest at Art Keller Field in Kenosha, Wis.

comments powered by Disqus
Oct. 3: All times Eastern
7:00 PM
MIT at Curry
Live Stats Live Stats
10:00 PM
George Fox at Willamette
Live Stats Video
Oct. 4: All times Eastern
12:00 PM
Hobart at WPI
Live Stats Video Audio
12:00 PM
Framingham State at Mass-Dartmouth
Video
12:00 PM
Southern Virginia at Kean
Live Stats Video
12:00 PM
Endicott at Maine Maritime
Video
12:00 PM
Juniata at Johns Hopkins
Audio
12:00 PM
Springfield at Union
Live Stats Video Audio
12:00 PM
Salisbury at St. John Fisher
Live Stats Audio Audio
12:00 PM
TCNJ at Morrisville State
Live Stats Audio
12:00 PM
Apprentice School at Newport News Apprentice
Live Stats
12:00 PM
St. Lawrence at Rochester
Live Stats Video Audio
12:30 PM
Mount Union at Capital
Preview Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
RPI at Merchant Marine
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Trinity (Conn.) at Hamilton
Preview Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Wesleyan at Colby
Video
1:00 PM
Plymouth State at Westfield State
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Norwich at Husson
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Williams at Bates
Preview Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Lebanon Valley at King's
1:00 PM
Montclair State at William Paterson
Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
Gallaudet at Anna Maria
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Moravian at Ursinus
Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
Bridgewater State at Western Connecticut
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Stevenson at Lycoming
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
1:00 PM
Coast Guard at Western New England
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Franklin and Marshall at Dickinson
Video
1:00 PM
Hope at Albion
Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
Randolph-Macon at Emory and Henry
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
1:00 PM
Washington and Lee at Guilford
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Hampden-Sydney at Catholic
Preview Video Audio
1:00 PM
Benedictine at Kalamazoo
Live Stats Video Audio Tickets
1:00 PM
Alma at Trine
Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
Wooster at Wabash
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
1:00 PM
Westminster (Pa.) at Carnegie Mellon
Preview Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Widener at Misericordia
Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
Nichols at Salve Regina
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Louisiana College at Wesley
Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
Averett at N.C. Wesleyan
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Muhlenberg at Susquehanna
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Alfred at Hartwick
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Rowan at Cortland State
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Buffalo State at Frostburg State
Live Stats
1:00 PM
McDaniel at Gettysburg
Preview Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Ohio Wesleyan at Allegheny
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Albright at Delaware Valley
Live Stats Audio Audio
1:00 PM
Utica at Ithaca
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
FDU-Florham at Wilkes
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Rhodes at Chicago
Preview Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Westminster (Mo.) at Minnesota-Morris
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Grinnell at Lawrence
Live Stats Video
1:30 PM
Tufts at Bowdoin
Live Stats Video
1:30 PM
Amherst at Middlebury
Live Stats Live Stats Video
1:30 PM
Massachusetts Maritime at Fitchburg State
Preview Live Stats Video
1:30 PM
John Carroll at Ohio Northern
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
1:30 PM
Franklin at Manchester
Preview Live Stats Live Stats Audio Audio
1:30 PM
Heidelberg at Otterbein
Audio
1:30 PM
Mount St. Joseph at Earlham
Live Stats
1:30 PM
Hanover at Bluffton
Live Stats Audio
2:00 PM
Denison at DePauw
Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
Castleton State at Becker
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
SUNY-Maritime at Mount Ida
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Hiram at Wittenberg
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
LaGrange at Maryville (Tenn.)
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Anderson at Rose-Hulman
Preview Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Waynesburg at Grove City
2:00 PM
Muskingum at Baldwin Wallace
Preview Live Stats Video Audio Audio
2:00 PM
Millsaps at Hendrix
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Aurora at Rockford
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Greensboro at Huntingdon
Video
2:00 PM
Concordia-Chicago at Concordia (Wis.)
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Wisconsin Lutheran at Lakeland
Preview Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
Concordia-Moorhead at Bethel
Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
Hamline at St. John's
Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
Carleton at Gustavus Adolphus
Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
Sewanee at Birmingham-Southern
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Trinity (Texas) at Hardin-Simmons
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Simpson at Buena Vista
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
St. Norbert at Cornell
2:00 PM
Knox at Macalester
Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
Texas Lutheran at Howard Payne
Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
Sul Ross State at Okla. Panhandle
2:00 PM
Augustana at Elmhurst
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
North Park at Wheaton (Ill.)
2:00 PM
Wartburg at Central
Audio
2:00 PM
Dubuque at Luther
Video
2:00 PM
Loras at Coe
2:00 PM
Martin Luther at Eureka
2:00 PM
MacMurray at Greenville
2:00 PM
Iowa Wesleyan at Crown
2:00 PM
Ripon at Illinois College
2:00 PM
Beloit at Monmouth
2:00 PM
UW-La Crosse at UW-Whitewater
Live Stats Audio Audio
2:00 PM
Trinity Bible at Maranatha Baptist
Video
2:10 PM
St. Thomas at St. Olaf
Live Stats Video Audio
3:00 PM
St. Vincent at Thiel
Video
3:00 PM
UW-Stout at UW-Oshkosh
Live Stats Video Audio
3:00 PM
UW-Stevens Point at UW-River Falls
Audio
3:30 PM
UW-Platteville at UW-Eau Claire
Live Stats Video Audio Audio Tickets
4:00 PM
Austin at Southwestern
Preview Live Stats
4:00 PM
Lewis and Clark at Puget Sound
4:00 PM
Linfield at Pacific Lutheran
Live Stats Audio Audio
4:00 PM
Chapman at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Live Stats Video Audio
4:00 PM
Whitworth at Pacific
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
5:00 PM
Olivet at Adrian
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
5:30 PM
Northwestern (Minn.) at St. Scholastica
Live Stats Live Stats Video
6:00 PM
Bethany at Case Western Reserve
Preview Live Stats Video
6:00 PM
Wilmington at Marietta
Live Stats Video Audio
6:00 PM
Washington U. at Berry
Preview Preview Live Stats Video Audio Tickets
7:00 PM
Shenandoah at Bridgewater (Va.)
Preview Preview Live Stats Video Audio Audio
7:00 PM
Thomas More at Washington and Jefferson
Preview Live Stats Video Audio Audio
7:00 PM
Ferrum at Christopher Newport
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Millikin at North Central (Ill.)
Preview Live Stats Video Audio Audio
7:00 PM
Carthage at Illinois Wesleyan
Live Stats Video
8:00 PM
Cal Lutheran at Whittier
Live Stats Video
10:00 PM
Occidental at La Verne
Live Stats Video
10:00 PM
Redlands at Pomona-Pitzer
Preview Live Stats Video Audio
Oct. 4: All times Eastern
7:00 PM
Thomas More at Washington and Jefferson
Preview Live Stats Video Audio Audio
7:00 PM
Millikin at North Central (Ill.)
Preview Live Stats Video Audio Audio
2:00 PM
Hiram at Wittenberg
Live Stats Video
1:30 PM
John Carroll at Ohio Northern
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
1:30 PM
Heidelberg at Otterbein
Audio
3:30 PM
UW-Platteville at UW-Eau Claire
Live Stats Video Audio Audio Tickets
1:00 PM
Hampden-Sydney at Catholic
Preview Video Audio
1:00 PM
Wooster at Wabash
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
1:00 PM
Louisiana College at Wesley
Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
Utica at Ithaca
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Stevenson at Lycoming
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
3:00 PM
UW-Stout at UW-Oshkosh
Live Stats Video Audio
12:30 PM
Mount Union at Capital
Preview Live Stats Video Audio
2:10 PM
St. Thomas at St. Olaf
Live Stats Video Audio
12:00 PM
Juniata at Johns Hopkins
Audio
12:00 PM
Salisbury at St. John Fisher
Live Stats Audio Audio
12:00 PM
Hobart at WPI
Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
Wartburg at Central
Audio
2:00 PM
UW-La Crosse at UW-Whitewater
Live Stats Audio Audio
2:00 PM
Concordia-Moorhead at Bethel
Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
North Park at Wheaton (Ill.)
4:00 PM
Linfield at Pacific Lutheran
Live Stats Audio Audio

What We're Reading