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. 24: All times Eastern
7:00 PM
Gettysburg at Johns Hopkins
Live Stats Video
Oct. 25: All times Eastern
12:00 PM
Hobart at RPI
Live Stats Audio
12:00 PM
Massachusetts Maritime at Mass-Dartmouth
Preview Live Stats Video
12:00 PM
Maine Maritime at Nichols
Preview Live Stats
12:00 PM
Frostburg State at Alfred
Video
12:00 PM
Salisbury at Ithaca
Live Stats Video Audio
12:00 PM
Framingham State at Plymouth State
Preview Live Stats
12:00 PM
Morrisville State at Southern Virginia
Preview Live Stats Live Stats Video Audio
12:30 PM
Bowdoin at Wesleyan
Preview Live Stats Video
12:30 PM
Middlebury at Trinity (Conn.)
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
St. John Fisher at Alfred State
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Colby at Bates
Preview Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Tufts at Amherst
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Wesley at Virginia-Lynchburg
Audio
1:00 PM
Husson at Castleton State
Preview Live Stats Video Tickets
1:00 PM
Williams at Hamilton
Live Stats Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
FDU-Florham at Stevenson
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
DePauw at Allegheny
Preview Live Stats Video Audio Audio
1:00 PM
Moravian at Franklin and Marshall
Preview Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Kalamazoo at Olivet
Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
Albion at Trine
Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
Mount Ida at Gallaudet
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Cortland State at Kean
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Wisconsin Lutheran at Adrian
Preview Live Stats Video Audio Audio
1:00 PM
Hampden-Sydney at Shenandoah
Preview Preview Live Stats Video Audio Audio
1:00 PM
Catholic at Emory and Henry
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Hope at Alma
Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
Carnegie Mellon at St. Vincent
Preview Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Dickinson at McDaniel
Preview Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Guilford at Randolph-Macon
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
1:00 PM
Methodist at N.C. Wesleyan
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Susquehanna at Ursinus
Preview Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Kenyon at Wittenberg
Preview Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Rowan at Montclair State
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
1:00 PM
Springfield at St. Lawrence
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Misericordia at Delaware Valley
Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
Oberlin at Wabash
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Hiram at Ohio Wesleyan
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Wilkes at Lebanon Valley
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Juniata at Muhlenberg
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
King's at Albright
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
William Paterson at TCNJ
Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
Sewanee at Millsaps
Live Stats Video
1:30 PM
Endicott at Coast Guard
Live Stats Video Audio
1:30 PM
Wilmington at Mount Union
Preview Live Stats Audio Tickets
1:30 PM
Capital at John Carroll
Preview Live Stats Video Audio
1:30 PM
Rose-Hulman at Franklin
Preview Preview Live Stats Video Video Audio
1:30 PM
Grove City at Thomas More
Preview Live Stats Audio Audio
1:30 PM
Widener at Lycoming
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
1:30 PM
Marietta at Heidelberg
Preview Live Stats Video Audio
1:30 PM
Waynesburg at Thiel
Video
1:30 PM
Rochester at Union
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
1:30 PM
Anderson at Mount St. Joseph
Live Stats
1:30 PM
Manchester at Bluffton
Live Stats Audio
1:30 PM
Otterbein at Baldwin Wallace
Preview Live Stats Video Audio Audio
2:00 PM
Utica at Buffalo State
Live Stats Audio
2:00 PM
Brockport State at Hartwick
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Becker at SUNY-Maritime
Live Stats Live Stats
2:00 PM
Washington and Lee at Bridgewater (Va.)
Preview Live Stats Video Audio Audio
2:00 PM
Case Western Reserve at Washington and Jefferson
Preview Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
Bridgewater State at Westfield State
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Austin at Hendrix
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Concordia-Chicago at Benedictine
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
LaGrange at Huntingdon
Video
2:00 PM
Aurora at Lakeland
Live Stats Audio
2:00 PM
Berry at Birmingham-Southern
Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
Rockford at Concordia (Wis.)
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
UW-Eau Claire at UW-River Falls
Preview Video Audio Tickets
2:00 PM
Carleton at St. John's
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
2:00 PM
Hamline at Concordia-Moorhead
Preview Live Stats Audio
2:00 PM
Augsburg at St. Olaf
Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
Lake Forest at Illinois College
Video
2:00 PM
Loras at Simpson
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Buena Vista at Dubuque
Preview Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Beloit at St. Norbert
2:00 PM
Carroll at Ripon
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Lawrence at Macalester
Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
Mary Hardin-Baylor at Texas Lutheran
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Augustana at Carthage
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Elmhurst at Illinois Wesleyan
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Millikin at North Park
Audio
2:00 PM
Central at Coe
Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
Luther at Wartburg
Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
Cornell at Monmouth
2:00 PM
Martin Luther at Minnesota-Morris
2:00 PM
Crown at MacMurray
2:00 PM
Iowa Wesleyan at Greenville
2:00 PM
Northwestern (Minn.) at Westminster (Mo.)
Video
2:00 PM
Grinnell at Knox
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
UW-Oshkosh at UW-Whitewater
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
2:00 PM
UW-La Crosse at UW-Stevens Point
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
2:00 PM
Concordia (Mich.) at Maranatha Baptist
Video
2:10 PM
St. Thomas at Bethel
Live Stats Video Audio
2:30 PM
Rhodes at Centre
Live Stats Video
2:30 PM
Defiance at Earlham
Live Stats
2:30 PM
Washington U. at Chicago
Preview Preview Live Stats Video
3:00 PM
Norwich at Anna Maria
Live Stats Video
3:00 PM
UW-Platteville at UW-Stout
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
3:00 PM
Hardin-Simmons at Howard Payne
Live Stats Live Stats Audio Audio
4:00 PM
WPI at Merchant Marine
Live Stats Video
4:00 PM
Linfield at Lewis and Clark
Live Stats Video Audio
4:00 PM
Willamette at Pacific Lutheran
Live Stats Audio Audio
4:00 PM
Redlands at La Verne
Live Stats Video Audio
4:00 PM
Puget Sound at Whitworth
Live Stats Video Audio
4:00 PM
Pacific at George Fox
Live Stats Video Audio
5:00 PM
Western New England at MIT
Live Stats Video
5:00 PM
Worcester State at Western Connecticut
Live Stats
5:00 PM
East Texas Baptist at Louisiana College
Audio
6:00 PM
Ferrum at Averett
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Muskingum at Ohio Northern
Preview Live Stats Video Audio Audio
7:00 PM
Wooster at Denison
Live Stats Video Audio
7:00 PM
Greensboro at Christopher Newport
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Bethany at Geneva
8:00 PM
Eureka at St. Scholastica
Live Stats Live Stats Video
8:00 PM
North Central (Ill.) at Wheaton (Ill.)
Live Stats Video Audio
10:00 PM
Chapman at Cal Lutheran
Preview Live Stats Video Audio
10:00 PM
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at Occidental
Live Stats Video Audio
10:00 PM
Whittier at Pomona-Pitzer
Live Stats Video
Oct. 25: All times Eastern
8:00 PM
North Central (Ill.) at Wheaton (Ill.)
Live Stats Video Audio
10:00 PM
Chapman at Cal Lutheran
Preview Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
Case Western Reserve at Washington and Jefferson
Preview Live Stats Video Audio
1:30 PM
Grove City at Thomas More
Preview Live Stats Audio Audio
1:30 PM
Wilmington at Mount Union
Preview Live Stats Audio Tickets
1:30 PM
Capital at John Carroll
Preview Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Wesley at Virginia-Lynchburg
Audio
1:00 PM
Hampden-Sydney at Shenandoah
Preview Preview Live Stats Video Audio Audio
1:00 PM
Oberlin at Wabash
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
St. John Fisher at Alfred State
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Kenyon at Wittenberg
Preview Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Misericordia at Delaware Valley
Live Stats Audio
3:00 PM
UW-Platteville at UW-Stout
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
2:10 PM
St. Thomas at Bethel
Live Stats Video Audio
12:00 PM
Hobart at RPI
Live Stats Audio
2:00 PM
UW-Oshkosh at UW-Whitewater
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
2:00 PM
Luther at Wartburg
Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
Mary Hardin-Baylor at Texas Lutheran
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Hamline at Concordia-Moorhead
Preview Live Stats Audio
2:00 PM
UW-La Crosse at UW-Stevens Point
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
2:00 PM
Carleton at St. John's
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
4:00 PM
Linfield at Lewis and Clark
Live Stats Video Audio
Oct. 24: All times Eastern
7:00 PM
Gettysburg at Johns Hopkins
Live Stats Video

What We're Reading