Simpson looks to snap a four-game losing streak and deal a blow to Central's Iowa Conference Championship hopes when it travels to Pella to face the Dutch on Saturday, Nov. 1. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. from Ron and Joyce Schipper Stadium.
Central enters Saturday's contest on a three-game winning streak and a spot alone in third place in the IIAC standings. After a 3-0 start, Simpson has lost four in a row, but can heal a lot of wounds by earning a road win in one of the IIAC's oldest rivalries.
2014 Central Dutch
- Roster | Coach Jeff McMartin | Schedule | Stats
- Record: 5-2, 3-1 IIAC
- National rankings (D3football.com/AFCA): nr/nr
- Last game: Beat Coe 45-21
2014 Simpson Storm
- Roster | Coach Jim Glogowski | Schedule | Stats
- Record: 3-4, 0-4 IIAC
- National rankings (D3football.com/AFCA): nr/nr
- Last game: Lost to Loras 27-24
- Ron and Joyce Schipper Stadium, Pella, Iowa – 1 p.m.
- Live Video/Stats – www.simpsonathletics.com
Web sites, social media
- Simpson – www.simpsonathletics.com | @StormSports
- Central – www.central.edu/athletics | @centralDutch
Inside the series
- Saturday marks the 92nd meeting between Central in a Simpson in a series that dates back to 1905.
- Central leads the all-time series 62-26-3.
- Simpson is 14-29-1 against Central in Pella.
- Simpson has won the last two meetings, including a 14-10 win last season in Indianola.
- Simpson is 3-3 against Central under Jim Glogowski.
- The first known meeting between the two teams occurred in 1905, meeting six times from 1905-1926.
- Simpson and Central began playing annually in 1931 and have met every year since.
- Simpson vs. Central under Glogowski:
- 2013: Simpson 14, Central 10 (Indianola)
- 2012: Simpson 21, Central 18 (Pella)
- 2011: Central 37, Simpson 14 (Indianola)
- 2010: Central 38, Simpson 10 (Pella)
- 2009: Central 56, Simpson 24 (Indianola)
- 2008: Simpson 21, Central 17 OT (Pella)
A look at the Dutch
- Central has won three in a row since a 35-14 loss to No. 7 Wartburg to open Iowa Conference play on Oct. 4. Central is averaging more than 40 points per game in wins over Luther (47-7), Loras (41-14) and Coe (45-21), winning by an average of 30 points.
- At 3-1 in conference play, the Dutch are alone in second place, behind Wartburg (4-0) and Buena Vista (4-0).
- Running back Josh Osborn topped the 100-yard rushing mark for the eighth straight game, running for 112 yards on 30 carries in last week's 45-28 win over Coe. His 113.4 yards per game rank second in the IIAC while his 10 TDs are tied for first among running backs.
- Central will rely on the IIAC's No. 2 rushing attack. Behind Osborn, the Dutch average almost 200 yards per game, resulting in the top time of possession in the league (33:48 per game).
- Central takes care of the ball, committing a league-low nine turnovers for an eye-popping +8 turnover margin.
- Although he doesn't put up gaudy numbers - 143.4 yards per game - QB Aaron Eiseler takes care of the ball (9 TDs/5 INTs) and completes nearly 65 percent of his passes.
- Central boasts the No. 2 total defense in the IIAC, allowing just over 300 yards and 17.7 points per game. An inside linebacker in the Dutch's 3-4 scheme, Jessie Peterson leads the team with 50 tackles.
- A big reason for Central's impressive turnover margin has been the play of senior free safety, Jacob Edleman. Edleman is tied for the IIAC lead with 5 INTs, returning 2 for TDs. He was named to the D3football.com Team of the Week with 3 INTs in a 41-14 win over Loras on Oct. 18.
Tovey gets start against Loras
- Junior QB Braedon Tovey got his first career start in last week's 27-24 loss to Loras, getting the nod due to an injury to starter Dylan Berkey.
- Tovey threw for 317 yards and rushed for 58 and two TDs but threw four INTs.
Storm defense among nation's best
- The Simpson defense ranks in the top 13 in the nation in three categories:
- Fumbles recovered - 9th (10)
- Punt return defense - 6th (1.43 yards per return)
- Red zone defense - 13th (opponents score just 55.6 percent of the time they get inside the 20)
- The Simpson defense went eight straight quarters and more than 136 minutes without allowing a touchdown, keeping opponents out of the end zone from the second quarter against UW-River Falls through the first quarter against Buena Vista. Simpson allowed a rushing touchdown to River Falls running back Kywon Cartwright in the first quarter on Sept. 13, didn't allow a touchdown against Illinois Wesleyan on Sept. 20 and held Buena Vista out of the endzone in the first quarter on Oct. 4. The streak totaled 136:01.
Playing by the rules
- Simpson is one of the least penalized teams in the nation, getting flagged just 28 times through seven games. The Storm receive an average of four flags per game, the sixth-best clip in Division III.
- Simpson's 28.43 penalty yards per game are the second-lowest mark in Division III.
Rushing by committee
- Simpson's rush offense has been a group effort in 2014. Four players – three running backs and quarterback Dylan Berkey – have carried at least 61 times through seven games.
- Bruising back Ethan Calvert leads the team with 331 yards and three TDs, multi-faceted Jordan Beem – who also has 13 catches on the year – has 287 yards and scat-back Tyler Kenny has 262 yards. Berkey has 220 yards rushing and a team-high five rushing TDs, three coming in the opener at Iowa Wesleyan on Sept. 6.
Berkey makes most of opportunity
- It took three years, but senior quarterback Dylan Berkey finally got his opportunity to run the Simpson offense in the 2014 season opener against Iowa Wesleyan. Berkey sat behind 2013 IIAC Offensive MVP, Taylor Nelson, for the past three seasons.
- In his first game as a starter, Berkey completed 20 of 30 passes for 228 yards with a touchdown, rushing for three scores as Simpson beat Iowa Wesleyan 43-7 on Sept. 6.
- This season Berkey is 106 of 188 with 8 TDs and 8 INTs. He is completing 56.4 percent of his passes and averages 216.3 yards per game, fourth in the IIAC.
- Berkey had the first 300-yard passing game of his career in the loss to Buena Vista, going 22 of 38 for 304 yards.
Big-play Walker Holland sparks offense
- Senior Walker Holland has emerged as a big-play receiver for the Simpson offense in 2014. He leads the team with 36 catches for 594 yards on the year, averaging 84.9 yards per game and more than 16 yards per reception.
- Of his 36 receptions, 27 have been "money" catches (receptions that go for first downs or touchdowns) and 9 have been for 20 yards or more.
- Against Wisconsin-River Falls, all three of Holland's catches went for 38 yards or more, catching a 43-yard touchdown in the first quarter, a 40-yarder in the second and a 38-yard touchdown in the fourth. All three of his receptions against Illinois Wesleyan resulted in first downs, including a clutch 69-yarder on a slant in the fourth quarter that set up the game-clinching field goal in a 13-3 win.
- Holland made a career-high eight receptions in the loss against Buena Vista.
Clark goes long
- Junior wide receiver Corbin Clark made an 83-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter of Simpson's loss to Buena Vista on Oct. 4.
- The reception was the longest by a Simpson receiver since 2011 and is tied for the fourth-longest reception in school history.
Playing keep away
- Few teams in the nation have been better at keeping the ball out of the hands of the opposition than Simpson. The Storm's average time of possession is 32:00, currently ranked 46th in Division III.
Proficiency in the kicking game
- Simpson has the rare luxury of two, game-tested placekickers in senior Logan Klein and freshman Drew Jensen.
- Klein is 4-for-5 in field goals on the year and 5-for-7 in extra points, all of his misses coming because of blocks. Jensen has made 4 of 5 field goals overall and is 13-for-13 on extra point attempts.
- Simpson's 8 made field goals are tied for first in the Iowa Conference.
- Klein has also been getting the job done in the punting game. His 37.2 average ranks third in the IIAC. Klein has pinned opponents inside their own 20 five times and has three boots of 50-plus yards.
Klein named IIAC Special Teams Player of the Week
- Logan Klein earned IIAC Special Teams Player of the Week honors after week one when he made two field goals and went a perfect 4-for-4 in extra point attempts.
Glogowski climbs wins list
- Seventh-year head coach Jim Glogowski improved to 33-30 (now 33-34) during his career with Simpson's 13-3 win over Illinois Wesleyan on Sept. 20. The win moved him ahead of Jay Niemann (32-29 from 2002-07) for third on Simpson's all-time wins list. He needs one win to tie R.G. "Hap" Miller (34-47-3 from 1948-57) for second on the all-time list.
- Glogowski has a way to go to become Simpson's all-time wins leader. Jim Williams holds the title, going 106-48-1 during his 15-year career from 1987-2001.