October 12, 2013

North Central Manhandles Millikin, 55-7

More news about: North Central (Ill.)

Carrying over its momentum from last week's win, the North Central College football team left no doubt in its Saturday evening encounter with Millikin University, quickly establishing a comfortable lead and cruising to a 55-7 smash of the Big Blue at Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium.

After a strong second half in last Saturday's 31-14 win at Elmhurst College, the fourth-ranked Cardinals followed with an encore performance in the first half against the Big Blue. North Central found the end zone three times in the first period and owned a 41-0 lead at halftime before allowing its younger players to close out the win.

"That was our one goal," said senior defensive end Alex Tripp, who led the Cardinals' defense with seven tackles, a quarterback sack and a forced fumble. "We wanted to come out like we did in the second half against Elmhurst, and to repeat it the entire game was great to see."

North Central quarterback Spencer Stanek broke his own single-game school record for completion percentage, connecting on 15 of 16 passing attempts (93.8 percent). He got the rout started by throwing three first-quarter touchdown passes, the first of which was a 40-yard strike down the middle to A.J. Thomas on the game's first possession.

After a Millikin punt, the Cardinals drove into Big Blue territory before a pair of bad snaps from center and a penalty left the hosts with a third down-and-30 from the Millikin 36. Stanek cleaned up the mess on the next play, sending a 36-yard TD pass into the hands of Chad O'Kane with 9:11 still to play in the opening period.

North Central defensive back Shane Dierking snagged his fifth interception of the season on the next drive, returning the ball 44 yards to set up North Central's next score just four plays later. Stanek found Thomas for a second time, this time from five yards out, and the Cardinals owned a 20-0 advantage at the end of the opening quarter.

Dierking is now tied with Josh McLeod '12 for second place in North Central history with 13 career interceptions. He is two picks shy of tying Norman Robinson '00 for the career record.

The Cardinals' next touchdown was Stanek's fifth rushing TD of the season, as he capped off a 10-play, 61-yard drive with a six-yard scoring run with 14:09 on the clock in the second period. Cornerback Jordan Dean snared his first interception of the season three plays later, and after a 23-yard pass from Stanek to Ryne RezacMatt Randolph took a handoff and crossed the goal line for a two-yard touchdown run and a 34-0 lead.

"It felt great to be back on the team competing," said Randolph, who ran eight times for 44 yards and caught three passes for 25 yards after missing the Cardinals' previous three games due to injury. "We came out and got the win, it was awesome."

North Central's final first-half scoring drive started at its own 37-yard line. After throwing twice to Peter Sorenson and once to Randolph, Stanek gained 11 yards on a scramble before handing off three straight times to Oshayne Brown. Brown's third carry came from one yard away and got him across the goal line for his first collegiate touchdown with 3:18 on the clock.

A 38-yard punt return by John Skokna set up the Cardinals' first score of the second half, as the hosts needed to travel just 14 yards to get across the goal line. Backup quarterback Tyler Dicken did the honors, scoring on a one-yard run to extend the lead to 48-0.

Millikin managed its first score later in the third period. After being backed up to their own four-yard line by a Kevin Looff punt, the Big Blue found themselves in the end zone just three plays later. Quarterback Nick Pippin lofted a 41-yard pass to Brady Cufaude, then zipped a 50-yard pass to Mike Blakely on a flea-flicker before running back Nick Dunning ran for a two-yard TD to break up the shutout with 6:00 left in the quarter.

The final TD of the night came on the next drive. Running back Zack Pattat opened the drive with a 29-yard run, and later added runs of 21 and 15 yards before a two-yard scoring run. Pattat gained a team-high 149 yards on just 12 carries and is now the Cardinals' leading rusher for the season with 293 yards.

The Cardinals owned a 550-212 advantage in total yards, gaining 318 yards on the ground. North Central owned a 33:14-26:46 advantage in time of possession and converted 8 of 12 third-down attempts. The Cardinals' defense managed 12 tackles for loss and four quarterback sacks, with Michael Monterrubio and Alex Ibarra each recovering fumbles.

North Central travels to Chicago to face North Park University (1-4, 1-1) next week. The Vikings lost a 52-21 decision at Illinois Wesleyan University on Saturday. Kickoff at the Holmgren Athletic Complex is scheduled for 1 p.m.

comments powered by Disqus
Oct. 24: All times Eastern
Final
at Johns Hopkins 37, Gettysburg 14
Box Score Recap
Oct. 25: All times Eastern
12:00 PM
Hobart at RPI
Live Stats Audio
First Half-10:40
0 Massachusetts Maritime
7 Mass-Dartmouth
Preview Live Stats Video
12:00 PM
Maine Maritime at Nichols
Preview Live Stats
12:00 PM
Frostburg State at Alfred
Video
9:08 1st
0 Salisbury
3 Ithaca
Live Stats Video Audio
1st - 11:53
7 Framingham State
0 Plymouth State
Preview Live Stats
1st - 12:42
0 Morrisville State
0 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 Video
1:00 PM
Wesley at Virginia-Lynchburg
Live Stats 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 Video Audio
1:00 PM
Albion at Trine
Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
Mount Ida at Gallaudet
Live Stats Video
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
Preview 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
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 Video
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 Audio
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 Video 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
Preview 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 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
Preview 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
Preview 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
1:30 PM
Capital at John Carroll
Preview Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Wesley at Virginia-Lynchburg
Live Stats 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 Video 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
Final
at Johns Hopkins 37, Gettysburg 14
Box Score Recap

What We're Reading