Football News - 2008-09
Bees Ranked 13th in NAIA Top 25 Spring Poll
April 20, 2009
St. Ambrose is ranked 13th in the NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 Spring Poll
released today. The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing
each of the conferences and independents.
The University of Sioux Falls, the 2008 NAIA National Champion, is the top
team in the poll. The Cougars ended the Bees season in the first round of the
St. Ambrose finished 8-4 overall in 2008 and won the MSFA Midwest League
title for the third straight year. The Bees qualified for their fourth
consecutive NAIA Football Championship Series appearance.
Fall 2008 Athletic Director Honor Roll Announced
Feb. 4, 2009
St. Ambrose Athletic Director Ray Shovlain announced today members of the
Fall 2008 Athletic Director Honor Roll. To be eligible for the award,
student-athletes must have had a minimum 3.0 grade-point average in the fall
There were 306 total Fighting Bee student-athletes named to the honor roll.
Of the group, 138 had GPAs between 3.0-3.49, 131 had GPAs between 3.5-3.99 and
37 had 4.0 GPAs.
Hayward, Sutton, Fillipp Earn All-American
Jan. 23, 2009
Three St. Ambrose football players earned All-American honors as announced by
the College Fanz Sports Network today. Wide receiver Michael Hayward was named
to the first team, left tackle Matt Sutton was tabbed for the second team, and
defensive tackle Vince Fillipp earned honorable mention. All three Bees earned
first team all-Mid-States Football Association Midwest League honors earlier.
a two-time all-conference selection, set SAU single-season records for
receptions (88), receiving yards (1,292) and receiving touchdowns (11) this
season. The sophomore from Davenport, Iowa (Bettendorf High School), finished
third in the country in receiving yards at 107.7 yards per game and sixth in
catches at 7.3 receptions per game. In just two years, Hayward already holds
school records for career receptions (166) and career touchdown receptions (20).
He is second all-time with 2,175 career receiving yards.
Fillipp, also a two-time all-conference pick, had 68 total tackles, including
12.5 tackles-for-loss and 8 sacks in 2008. The senior from Cary, Ill.
(Cary-Grove High School), forced one fumble and recovered three. Fillipp
finished 50th in the nation in sacks. He is fourth all-time in SAU history with
14 career sacks and is seventh with 28.5 career tackles-for-loss.
Sutton led an offensive line that helped St. Ambrose average 24.9 points and
360.6 yards of total offense per game this season. The sophomore from San Diego,
Calif. (West Hills High School), helped protect quarterback Will Ducey, who
threw for 2,947 yards and 21 touchdowns. The Bees finished 19th in the country
in passing offense after averaging 251.6 yards per game through the air.
St. Ambrose finished 8-4 overall in 2008 and won the MSFA Midwest League
title for the third straight year. The Bees qualified for their fourth
consecutive NAIA Football Championship Series appearance and saw their season
end in the first round at the hands of eventual NAIA National Champion Sioux
Formerly the Victory Sports Network (VSN) NAIA Coaches’ All-American Team,
the VSN/College Fanz 2008 NAIA All-American team is selected by a group of 10
NAIA football coaches and the College Fanz Sports Network’s Jason Dannelly.
Eight Players Named to MSFA All-Academic Team
Jan. 21, 2009
The Mid-States Football Association recognized eight St. Ambrose University
football players on the 2009 MSFA All-Academic Team. To be eligible for the
academic all-conference team, student-athletes must hold a cumulative 3.2 grade
point average, be a junior or senior and have made a contribution to the team.
St. Ambrose MSFA All-Academic selections
Name (Yr., Hometown, Major)
Will Ducey (Sr., Belleville, Ill., Business)
Colin Green (Jr., South Elgin, Ill., Management and Marketing)
Mike Iazzetto (Jr., Darien, Ill., Physical Education)
Jake Jakaitis (Sr., Chicago, Ill., Sports Management and Marketing)
Jeremy Johnson (Sr., Blue Island, Ill., Political Science and Finance)
Dave Kietzman (Sr., Eldridge, Iowa, Elementary Education)
Kyle Korth (Sr., Stockton, Ill., Exercise Science)
Mike LeMay (Jr., Sterling, Ill., History Education)
#2 Sioux Falls 28, #15 St. Ambrose 0
Nov. 22, 2008
Four turnovers are hard to overcome any time, but they are especially
difficult to get around against the second-ranked team in the country. St.
Ambrose found this out in a season-ending 28-0 loss at Sioux Falls (S.D.) in the
first round of the NAIA Football Championship Series.
The Bees committed four turnovers, all in the first half, in closing the
season with an 8-4 record.
Facing the nation's top defense, St. Ambrose found some success moving the
ball in the first quarter. SAU took the opening kickoff and marched to the USF
31-yard line before an interception ended the drive. On the team's second
possession, the Bees again moved into USF territory, this time the 33-yard line,
before being forced to punt.
Matched against a Sioux Falls defense which led the country in total defense,
scoring defense, rushing defense and passing defense, the SAU defense more than
held its own. The Bees forced punts on the Cougars' first three possessions.
The Bees' second turnover cost the team. One play after an interception deep
in SAU territory, USF threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to take a 7-0 lead late in
the first quarter.
SAU responded by again making its way down the field before an interception
in the end zone stopped the drive. Midway through the second quarter, the Bees'
final turnover led to USF points. The Cougars picked off a pass and returned it
54 yards for a score and a 14-0 lead.
Sioux Falls dominated the ball in the second half. The Cougars had almost 24
minutes of possession time in the second half while the Bees had the ball for
just over six minutes. USF scored single touchdowns in the third and fourth
quarters to account for the final score.
St. Ambrose finished with just 139 yards of total offense. Will Ducey
completed 11-of-38 passes for 130 yards. Michael Hayward caught six passes for
73 yards while Austin Hochstetler hauled in three passes for 51 yards.
Sioux Falls threw for only 95 yards but finished with 217 yards on the ground
in advancing to the second round of the NAIA Football Championship Series.
Hayward Named MSFA MWL Player of the Year
Nov. 20, 2008
of three straight Mid-States Football Association Midwest League crowns, St.
Ambrose was honored with a league-high five first team selections on the
all-conference team released on Thursday, Nov. 20. Included among the selections
was Michael Hayward, who was named the league's Player of the Year.
Hayward, a sophomore wide receiver from
Davenport, Iowa (Bettendorf), earned his second straight all-conference honor
after setting SAU single-season records for receptions (82), receiving yards
(1,219) and receiving touchdowns (11) this season. He is second in the country
in receiving yards (110.8/game) and sixth in catches (7.5/game).
In just his second year, Hayward already holds school records for career
receptions (160) and career touchdown receptions (20). He is second all-time
with 2,102 career receiving yards.
Senior defensive tackle Vince Fillipp, from
Cary, Ill. (Cary-Grove), joined Hayward as a two-time all-conference pick.
Fillipp has 61 total tackles, including 11.5 tackles-for-loss and 7 sacks, in
2008. He has forced one fumble and recovered three. Fillipp is fourth all-time
in school history with 13 career sacks.
Senior defensive end Mike Walter, from
DeWitt, Iowa (DeWitt Central), was the second Bee defensive lineman to earn
all-league honors. Walter set a school record with 12 sacks, and is tied for
second with 18.5 tackles-for-loss this season. He is currently ninth in the
country in tackles-for-loss (1.7/game) and 12th in sacks (0.9/game).
In his only season at SAU, senior quarterback
Will Ducey, from Belleville, Ill. (Althoff Catholic), was named first
team all-conference. He is in the top-five in four single-season categories -
third in completions (216), third in total offense (2,798 yards), fourth in
passing yards (2,817) and fourth in passing touchdowns (21). Ducey is currently
13th in the country in passing (256.1 yards/game) and 15th in total offense
Protecting Ducey was the Bees' final first team all-league pick, sophomore
left tackle Matt Sutton, from San Diego, Calif.
(West Hills). Sutton leads an offensive line that helps SAU average 27.2 points
and 380.7 yards of total offense per game this season.
Junior center Mike Iazzetto, from Darien,
Ill. (Downers Grove South) leads a group of five Bees who earned second team
Senior wide receiver Kyle Korth, from
Stockton, Ill. (Stockton), paired with Hayward to give SAU one of the top wide
receiving duos in the country. He has caught 62 passes for 830 yards and five
touchdowns this season. Korth is second in SAU history with 153 career catches
and third with 2,035 receiving yards.
The final three all-MSFA Midwest League second teamers came on the defensive
side of the ball. Senior linebacker Hank
Belshause, from Orion, Ill. (Alleman), has 67 tackles, including 11
tackles-for-loss and 2 sacks, this season. He has forced two fumbles and
recovered three. Belshause has also broken up six passes and intercepted one.
Senior strong safety Kris Griswold, from
Mendota, Ill. (Mendota), has been in on 59 tackles, including 7 tackles behind
the line of scrimmage. He has 3 interceptions, 4 pass breakups, and also blocked
Junior cornerback Colin Green, from South
Elgin, Ill. (St. Charles North), leads St. Ambrose with 6 interceptions in 2008.
He tied a MSFA Midwest League record by picking off three passes in SAU's 34-27
come-from-behind overtime win at Quincy. Green has 58 tackles, including 7
tackles-for-loss, and 12 pass breakups.
Senior defensive lineman Jake Jakaitis ,
sophomore linebacker Tyler Boyle and junior
linebacker PJ Conroy earned honorable mention.
Jakaitis has 59 total tackles, including 7.5 tackles-for-loss and 3 sacks. Boyle
recorded 59 tackles, including 5.5 tackles-for-loss and 2 sacks, despite missing
several games due to injury. Conroy leads the Bees with 86 tackles. He has 3.5
tackles-for-loss while intercepting two passes, forcing two fumbles and
recovering two fumbles.
Defensive coordinator Jeff Girsch was one of three coaches to share the MSFA
MWL Assistant Coach of the Year award.
St. Ambrose (8-3 overall, 6-1 MSFA MWL) will compete in the NAIA Football
Championship Series for the fourth straight year. The Bees open the playoffs at
#2 Sioux Falls on Saturday at 12 p.m.
The complete all-MSFA Midwest League list is available on the
Football Team Opens Playoffs at Sioux Falls (S.D.)
Nov. 17, 2008
In its fourth straight NAIA Football Championship Series appearance, St.
Ambrose didn't get any breaks when the pairings were announced. The Bees will
open the playoffs at #2 Sioux Falls (S.D.), a program that has reached the NAIA
championship semifinals in each of the last three years and won the national
championship in 2006.
The first round game on Saturday, Nov. 22, will kickoff at 12 p.m. at Bob
St. Ambrose, ranked #15 in the recent NAIA poll released after Saturday's
games, qualified for the FCS after winning the Mid-States Football Association
Midwest League. The Bees won six of their final seven games to finish 8-3
overall and 6-1 in the conference. This is the 11th time SAU has advanced to the
post-season playoffs, but the Bees are only 4-9 in playoff games and have lost
three straight in the FCS.
St. Ambrose is tied for the third-most Championship Series appearances with
eight. The team's four straight appearances is the fifth-longest active streak
in the country.
The Bees will be matched against a University of Sioux Falls team that has
won 32 straight home games overall. As champions of the Great Plains Athletic
Conference, USF (10-0) finished the regular season undefeated for the third
consecutive year. The Cougars shut out six of their 10 opponents this season and
are the top ranked team in the country in most major defensive categories -
scoring defense (5.7 points/game), total defense (92.9 yards/game), rushing
defense (11.7 yards/game) and passing defense (81.2 yards/game).
More information on the 2008 NAIA Football Championship Series, including the
complete bracket, is available on the
#20 St. Ambrose 28, Trinity International 0
Nov. 15, 2008
St. Ambrose got exactly what it needed Saturday afternoon - a 28-0 win at
Trinity International and a 45-42 Quincy win over William Penn. With SAU holding
the tie-breaker over William Penn, the Fighting Bees were likely headed to the
NAIA Football Championship Series with a win anyway. But the Bee win coupled
with the Statesmen loss gave SAU the Mid-States Football Association Midwest
League title out-right. SAU and WPU entered the game tied atop the conference
"It's a great honor," said head coach Mike Magistrelli. "It's our one goal
every year - to win the conference and advance to the national playoffs. I'm
excited for our seniors and the entire program that we were able to achieve our
SAU, owners of three straight conference crowns, will find out its playoff
position when the pairings are announced on Sunday.
Saturday, the Bees got the win they needed but it didn't come easily. SAU led
only 7-0 at the half before opening things up with a 21-point third quarter. St.
Ambrose finished with 404 yards of offense but was hurt by two interceptions,
two turnover-on-downs, and a pair of missed field goals, and scored only three
times in six red-zone chances.
Billy Rembold, Mike LaRocco and Will Ducey scored on short touchdown runs and
Ducey fired a 22-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Korth to account for the 28 SAU
That was more than enough for the Bees' defense. SAU limited Trinity
International (1-10, 0-7 MSFA) to only 115 yards of total offense. The team
pressured TIU into completing only 8-of-26 passes for 46 yards.
Ducey completed 24-of-35 passes for 332 yards and the one score. Korth caught
11 passes for 116 yards while Michael Hayward finished with eight receptions for
127 yards. LaRocco (14 carries, 50 yards) and Brennan McCarron (17 for 49)
combined for 99 rushing yards.
Colin Green and Michael Hayward Named MSFA Players of the Week
Nov. 10, 2008
defensive back Colin Green and sophomore wide receiver Michael Hayward were named the Mid-States Football Association Midwest
League Defensive and Offensive Players of the Week, respectively, on Monday, Nov. 10.
The pair helped #22 St. Ambrose come from 21 points down in the fourth quarter
to defeat Quincy 34-27 in overtime on Saturday.
Green, from South Elgin, Ill. (St. Charles North High School) tied a
conference record by intercepting three passes in the Bees' comeback victory.
His final interception came in overtime to preserve the win.
His first two picks were as important. With SAU trailing 13-6 late in the
first half, Green intercepted a pass in the end zone to thwart a Hawks' drive.
Then on Quincy's first drive of the second half, Green picked off a pass at the
SAU 35-yard line.
Green also registered five solo tackles, including one tackle-for-loss.
from Davenport, Iowa (Bettendorf High School) had a career day. SAU's all-time
career leader in receptions and receiving touchdowns, hauled in nine passes for
212 yards and caught three touchdown passes in the win.
Hayward's last three receptions in the contest went for touchdowns. The Bees
trailed 27-6 entering the fourth quarter and were down 27-13 before Hayward
caught a 9-yard touchdown pass to pull the Bees within a touchdown. He then
caught a 71-yard toss from Will Ducey to tie the game at 27-27 late in the
fourth. On the first play in overtime, Hayward brought in a 25-yard TD pass to
give the Bees their first lead of the game.
In the fourth quarter and overtime, Hayward caught four passes for 138 yards
and three touchdowns.
This season, Hayward has caught 74 passes for 1,092 yards and 11 touchdowns.
He has 152 receptions for 1,975 yards and 20 TDs in his two-year SAU career.
#22 St. Ambrose 34, Quincy 27 (OT)
Nov. 8, 2008
Trailing by three touchdowns in the fourth quarter, St. Ambrose saw its
Mid-States Football Association Midwest League title hopes slipping away. But
the Bees rallied for three fourth-quarter touchdowns to force overtime and
eventually prevailed 34-27 in the extra session Saturday at Quincy.
The win over the Hawks kept SAU (7-3 overall, 5-1 MSFA) in a first-place tie
atop the conference standings with William Penn. The loss dropped Quincy (5-5,
4-2) a game behind the conference leaders.
In large part due to turnovers, St. Ambrose trailed 27-6 entering the fourth
quarter. Then the Bees found their rhythm. Mike LaRocco scored on a 1-yard
touchdown run and Will Ducey threw a pair of touchdown strikes to Michael
Hayward to tie the contest and force overtime.
On the first play of overtime, Ducey connected with Hayward on a 25-yard
touchdown pass to give SAU its first lead of the contest at 34-7. Just two plays
later, Colin Green intercepted his third pass of the game, tying a MSFA Midwest
League record, to give the Bees the
Ducey completed 20-of-38 passes for 389 yards and three touchdown passes.
Hayward caught nine balls for 212 yards and the three scores. Kyle Korth
finished with eight receptions for 172 yards. LaRocco carried the ball 14 times
for 71 yards and scored a pair of TDs.
Despite the big offensive numbers, St. Ambrose was slowed by five
turnovers. Down 6-0 in the first quarter, the Bees appeared poised to tie the
game but a fumble deep in Quincy territory ended the drive and the Hawks scored
on their ensuing possession for a 13-0 lead.
In the third quarter, QU turned another SAU fumble into a touchdown to grab a
20-6 lead. The score could have been worse if not for the work of Green and the
Bee defense. Green picked off a pass in the end zone late in the first half to
keep SAU within 13-6. He picked off another pass early in the second half.
Despite the SAU defensive efforts, the Hawks appeared to have complete control
with another touchdown late in the third quarter.
LaRocco capped a 9-play, 64-yard drive with a one-yard plunge early in the
fourth quarter to trim the deficit to 27-13. The SAU defense forced a
three-and-out but the Bees' fifth turnover of the game, this one at the QU
7-yard line, gave the ball right back to Quincy.
Again the St. Ambrose defense got a stop and this time, the offense
converted. An 8-play, 54-yard drive ended with a 9-yard touchdown toss from
Ducey to Hayward to pull the Bees to within 27-20. During the drive, Ducey threw
a 28-yard pass to Korth on a 4th-and-19 play to keep the Bees alive. Another
Quincy three-and-out gave St. Ambrose the ball with 4:26 to play. After a
holding penalty, Ducey found Hayward on a 71-yard touchdown pass to knot the
score at 27-27.
Quincy crossed midfield but the Bees forced a punt with under a minute to
play to send the game into overtime. From there, it took just one offensive snap
and two defensive plays for the Bees to escape with the win.
St. Ambrose will close the regular season at Trinity International next
Saturday. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m.
Billy Rembold Named MSFA Offensive Player of the
Nov. 3, 2008
receiver Billy Rembold was named the Mid-States Football Association Midwest
League Offensive Player of the Week on Monday, Nov. 3, after his performance in
#23 St. Ambrose's 49-0 win over Iowa Wesleyan on Saturday.
Rembold, from Bettendorf, Iowa (Bettendorf High School) scored three total
touchdowns in helping the Bees move to 6-3 overall and 4-1 in conference play.
He had rushing touchdowns of two and three yards, and hauled in a 33-yard
touchdown pass from Will Ducey.
Rembold finished with six receptions for 104 yards and carried the ball five
times for 47 yards.
#23 St. Ambrose 49, Iowa Wesleyan 0
Nov. 1, 2008
Billy Rembold scored three touchdowns as St. Ambrose exploded for a 49-0 win
over Iowa Wesleyan on Senior Day at Brady Street Stadium Saturday afternoon. SAU
is 6-3 overall and maintains a share of the Mid-States Football Association
Midwest League lead with a 4-1 conference mark.
The Bees finished with 499 yards of total offense in dominating the Tigers.
Will Ducey completed 16-of-21 passes for 266 yards and three touchdowns. Tim
Brown led a balanced running attack with 89 rushing yards on 15 carries.
Ducey found Michael Hayward with an 11-yard touchdown pass to give SAU a 7-0
lead in the first quarter. Then it was Rembold's turn. The freshman wide
receiver scored on a two-yard touchdown run and later hauled in a 33-yard
touchdown reception to give the Bees a 21-0 halftime lead.
The Bees opened things up in the third quarter, scoring 21 points. Ducey hit
Kyle Korth with a 56-yard touchdown strike for a 28-0 lead. Rembold (three
yards) and Kyle Ryon (one yard) added touchdown runs in the quarter. Jake
Eikenberry ended the scoring with a three-yard burst early in the fourth
Rembold finished with six receptions for 104 yards and added 47 yards on the
ground. Seven different Bees had at least one rushing attempt as the team
finished with 215 yards rushing.
As it has all season, the Bees defense dominated. Iowa Wesleyan (3-6, 1-4)
was limited to 214 total yards. SAU forced four turnovers and finished with
seven sacks. Vince Fillipp led the charge with 13 total tackles, including three
sacks, and a fumble recovery. Mike Walter added eight tackles and a pair of
sacks. PJ Conroy recovered two fumbles and Colin Green came up with an
Eleven seniors played their final home game Saturday - Dave Kietzman, Will
Ducey, Kyle Korth, Kris Griswold, Gavin Tigges, Hank Belshause, Mike Walter,
Jeremy Johnson, Jake Jakaitis, Matt Hohs and Vince Fillipp.
St. Ambrose will visit Quincy next Saturday in a key conference matchup.
Kickoff is slated for 12 p.m.
#23 St. Ambrose 16, Olivet Nazarene 10
Oct. 25, 2008
After losing its first conference game in three years last week, St. Ambrose
bounced back with a 16-10 win at Olivet Nazarene on Saturday. The Bees are 5-3
overall and 3-1 in the Mid-States Football Association Midwest League.
Will Ducey threw for 183 yards and a touchdown. His 18-yard strike to Billy
Rembold in the first quarter was the lone SAU touchdown of the afternoon. Scott
Langel kicked three field goals, two coming in the first half as the Bees jumped
to a 13-0 lead early in the second quarter.
Olivet Nazarene (3-5, 2-2) scored its only touchdown midway through the
second quarter. After a scoreless third quarter, ONU pulled to within 13-10 on a
32-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter. Langel tacked on a 42-yard field
goal to give the Bees a little more breathing room with only 6:05 to play.
Like it did all afternoon, the St. Ambrose defense came through, forcing a
3-and-out on the Tigers' next possession. With just under four minutes left, SAU
was able to run out the clock to secure the win.
McKendree 21, #15 St. Ambrose 7
Oct. 18, 2008
McKendree rushed for nearly 300 yards in upsetting #15 St. Ambrose 21-7
Saturday afternoon at Brady Street Stadium. The loss dropped the Bees to 4-3
overall and 2-1 in the Mid-States Football Association Midwest League.
The Bearcats ran the ball an amazing 77 times for 299 yards while completing
4-of-5 passes for 51 yards to improve to 3-3 overall and 2-1 in the MSFA Midwest
Meanwhile, the St. Ambrose offense could not get anything going all
afternoon. The Bees ran the ball 17 times for -14 yards, thanks in large part to
four McKendree sacks. Will Ducey completed 20-of-40 passes for 193 yards and a
touchdown, but also turned the ball over twice.
Despite the numbers on the ground, the Fighting Bee defense kept the game
close. SAU forced five fumbles and recovered four of them.
McKendree scored touchdowns in the first and second quarters to grab a 14-0
halftime lead. St. Ambrose managed only 65 total yards and four first downs in
the opening half. The Bees got a break early in the third quarter. Steve Herbert
recovered a fumble deep in Bearcat territory. On the next play, Ducey found
Michael Hayward in the corner of the end zone with a 20-yard pass to cut the
deficit to 14-7. Hayward now has a school-record 16 career TD receptions.
The momentum was short lived as McKendree marched down the field on the
ensuing possession on a 16-play, all on the ground, 73-yard touchdown drive to
regain a 14-point advantage. Both SAU turnovers occurred in the second half as
the Bees were unable to threaten the rest of the way.
Hayward caught eight passes for 89 yards and the score. Kyle Korth finished
with six receptions for 72 yards. Kris Griswold led the defense with 13 total
tackles while Jake Jakaitis finished with 10 stops. Thanks to the running
attack, McKendree nearly doubled St. Ambrose in time of possession
The Bees will look to get back on track next Saturday at Olivet Nazarene.
Mike LaRocco Named MSFA Offensive Player of the
Oct. 13, 2008
running back Mike LaRocco was named the Mid-States Football Association Midwest
League Offensive Player of the Week on Monday, Oct. 13, after his performance in
#17 St. Ambrose's 41-21 win at William Penn on Saturday.
LaRocco rushed 16 times for 127 yards and a touchdown as SAU moved to 4-2
overall and 2-0 in conference play. With the Bees leading 27-14 early in the
fourth quarter, LaRocco scored on a 41-yard run to effectively seal the win.
LaRocco also returned the second half kickoff 78 yards down to the William
Penn 11-yard line.
#17 St. Ambrose 41, William Penn 21
Oct. 11, 2008
St. Ambrose finished with 528 yards of total offense in getting past William
Penn 41-21 in a Mid-States Football Association Midwest League game Saturday
afternoon in Oskaloosa, Iowa. The Bees are 4-2 overall and 2-0 in conference
Mike LaRocco rushed for 127 of SAU's 238 yards on the ground and scored a
touchdown while Kyle Ryon ran for 61 yards and two scores. Will Ducey completed
22-of-38 passes for 290 yards and tossed two touchdown strikes.
SAU wasted little time in taking control, scoring 17 first-quarter points.
Ducey found Austin Hochstetler with a three-yard scoring toss to cap the
Fighting Bees' opening possession. Scott Langel kicked a 38-yard field goal and
Ryon scampered in from 11-yards out for the 17-0 lead.
Langel tacked on a second field goal, this one from 24 yards, to give St.
Ambrose a 20-0 advantage midway through the second quarter. William Penn (3-3,
1-1) got on the board later in the frame to cut the margin to 20-7 at halftime.
The Statesmen closed the gap to 20-14 with a score midway through the third
quarter, but SAU extended the lead with back-to-back touchdowns to end the third
and start the fourth quarter. Ducey hit Michael Hayward on a 20-yard TD pass
before LaRocco scored on a 41-yard run.
The teams traded touchdowns in the fourth quarter with Ryon ending the
scoring with a one-yard burst.
Hayward caught seven passes for 107 yards and a score. Kyle Korth brought in
six catches for 75 yards. Hochstetler (44 yards) and Billy Rembold (67 yards)
each caught four balls.
The Bees defense limited the Statesmen to 306 yards of offense. PJ Conroy led
the team with 12 total tackles. Steve Herbert and Colin Green were each in on
nine stops. Mike Walter finished with eight tackles and both of the SAU sacks.
Will Ducey Named MSFA Offensive Player of the Week
Oct. 6, 2008
Senior quarterback Will Ducey was named the Mid-States Football Association
Midwest League Offensive Player of the Week on Monday, Oct. 6, after his
performance in the Bees 34-16 win over #18 St. Francis, Ill., on Saturday.
Ducey completed 24-of-43 passes for 354 yards and three touchdowns as #16 St.
Ambrose improved to 3-2 overall and 1-0 in conference play. The Bees have won 17
straight league games.
Ducey threw touchdown passes to Kyle Korth (20 yards), Austin Hochstetler (26
yards), and Michael Hayward (43 yards) in the win. He also rushed for 11 yards.
#16 St. Ambrose 34, #18 St. Francis, Ill. 16
Oct. 4, 2008
Another home game, another strong second half. In front of a large Homecoming
crowd, #16 St. Ambrose used a dominating second half to defeat #18 St. Francis,
Ill. 34-16 Saturday afternoon at Brady Street Stadium.
Will Ducey threw for 354 yards and three scores and Kyle Korth and Michael
Hayward combined for 18 catches and 319 yards and two touchdowns as the Bees won
their 17 straight Mid-States Football Association Midwest League game.
After giving up more than 200 yards in the first half, the SAU defense
limited the Saints to only 105 total yards after halftime. SAU forced seven
turnovers, five in the second half, and came up with five sacks in improving to
3-2 overall and 1-0 in league play.
An unusual first quarter saw SAU's Mike LaRocco score on a 41-yard touchdown
run on a fourth-and-1 play and USF get on the board when a bad snap on a punt
attempt sailed out of the end zone.
St. Francis (4-1, 0-1 MSFA) twice grabbed a lead in the second quarter. Donte
Villery scored from a yard out to put the Saints in front 9-7 early in the
frame. After Ducey found Korth on a 20-yard scoring toss to put the Bees back on
top, John Goolsby hit Ponce Palmer with a 49-yard TD pass for a 16-14 Saints
St. Ambrose took the lead for good late in the second quarter. Ducey found
tight end Austin Hochstetler on a 26-yard scoring strike as the Bees led 21-16
at the half.
The second half belonged to the Bees. Scott Langel kicked field goals of 22
and 27 yards in the third quarter to increase the lead to 27-16. Ducey found
Hayward, who outran the USF secondary, on a 43-yard touchdown pass early in the
fourth quarter to end the scoring. Of USF's nine second-half possessions, five
ended in turnovers (two fumbles, three interceptions), one ended with a turnover
on downs, and three ended with punts.
Ducey completed 24-of-43 passes in the win. Korth hauled in 10 passes for 148
yards while Hayward finished with eight receptions for 171 yards. Mike LaRocco
led the Bees' rushing attack with 49 yards on seven carries.
Tyler Boyle led the defense with nine total tackles. Hank Belshause finished
with eight tackles, including three tackles-for-loss and two sacks, and forced a
fumble. Kris Griswold, Zack Hughes, Colin Green and PJ Conroy each picked off a
St. Ambrose will visit William Penn next Saturday. Kickoff is slated for 1
#4 Saint Francis, Ind. 43, #10 St. Ambrose 14
Sept. 27, 2008
Saint Francis, Ind., proved worthy of its #4 national ranking by defeating
#10 St. Ambrose 43-14 Saturday afternoon. The Bees are 2-2 overall this season.
Saint Francis (4-0) finished with 500 yards of offense while St. Ambrose
managed only 248 total yards. The Cougars, who have won 47 straight home games,
led 5-0, thanks to a safety and 27-yard field goal, after the first quarter. USF
tacked on 17 more points in the second quarter for a 22-0 halftime lead.
With the score 29-0, SAU got on the board in the fourth quarter. Will Ducey
hit Michael Hayward with a seven-yard touchdown pass midway through the final
frame. The pair connected again, this time on a 27-yard reception, late in the
game to end the scoring.
Ducey completed 26-of-52 passes for 207 yards and two touchdowns. He was
intercepted once. Hayward hauled in 11 passes for 98 yards and the two scores.
Tyler Boyle led the St. Ambrose defense with 13 total tackles while PJ Conroy
finished with 11. Colin Green picked off a pass and Vince Fillipp recovered a
fumble in the loss.
The Bees will open Mid-States Football Association Midwest League play next
Saturday by hosting St. Francis, Ill., in a 1 p.m. contest at Brady Street
#10 St. Ambrose 42, Waldorf 3
Sept. 20, 2008
St. Ambrose rolled for 514 yards of total offense in hammering Waldorf 42-3
Saturday afternoon at Brady Street Stadium. SAU (2-1) is now a perfect 6-0
against Waldorf all-time.
Three Bee quarterbacks combined to complete 23-of-27 passes for 312 yards and
three scores. Will Ducey led the way with 258 yards and a pair of touchdown
tosses. Michael Hayward completed all three of his attempts, including a
five-yard TD pass, for 24 yards, and Tyler Horberg was 4-for-4 for 30 yards.
Hayward (7 catches, 105 yards) and Billy Rembold (4 catches, 103 yards, 1
touchdown) each finished with more than 100 yards receiving. Kyle Korth caught
five balls for 45 yards and two scores.
The SAU running game powered for 202 yards, led by 86 yards on just four
carries from Tim Brown. Brown's 41-yard touchdown run in the third quarter
capped the Bees' scoring. Brennan McCarron added 73 yards and a score on 17
carries. Mike LaRocco also found the end zone on a nine-yard run.
The defense did its job, limiting Waldorf (1-3) to just 242 yards, much of
that after the outcome had already been decided. Tyler Boyle finished with a
team-high nine total tackles. Hank Belshause was credited with six tackles,
including two for loss. He also forced and recovered a fumble. PJ Conroy and
Colin Suiter each intercepted a pass in the win.
St. Ambrose scored on its first offensive possession, marching 90 yards in
just eight plays. McCarron capped the drive by finding the end zone from a yard
out. Two Korth touchdown receptions, one from Hayward and one from Ducey,
sandwiched LaRocco's TD run as SAU exploded for 21 second-quarter points.
SAU scored the first two times it touched the ball in the second half on a
nine-yard toss from Ducey to Rembold and Brown's long run to open up a 42-0
lead. The Warriors kicked a field goal in the final minutes to account for the
The Bees will visit #4 Saint Francis, Ind., next Saturday.
#10 St. Ambrose 34, UW-Platteville 17
Sept. 13, 2008 - Video Highlights
St. Ambrose used a dominating second half to power past the University of
Wisconsin-Platteville 34-17 at Brady Street Stadium in the home opener for the
Fighting Bees. SAU rallied to score the final 27 points of the contest in
evening its mark at 1-1 on the season.
The Bees finished with 445 yards of total offense. Will Ducey threw for 297
yards and three scores, Michael Hayward caught eight passes for 155 yards and two
touchdowns, and Brennan McCarron rushed for 129 yards and a pair of touchdowns
on 29 carries in a balanced offensive attack.
The defense limited the Pioneers to only 131 yards of offense in the second
half and 327 yards for the game.
St. Ambrose got on the board first after a Kris Griswold interception midway
through the first quarter. McCarron capped a short drive with a three-yard
scoring run to give SAU a 7-0 lead.
A handful of big plays pushed UW-Platteville (1-1) in front. Completions of
37 and 25 yards on one drive resulted in a game-tying touchdown late in the
first quarter. On the next Bee possession, a blocked punt was scooped up and
returned 32 yards for a score to give the Pioneers a 14-7 lead. The next time
UW-Platteville had the ball, a 13-yard completion on fourth-and-10 kept a drive
alive which later ended with a 26-yard field goal for a 17-7 score.
The Pioneers appeared poised to grab a larger lead late in the half, but Zack
Hughes picked off a pass at the SAU 14-yard line to halt the drive. Using the
momentum, the Bees marched down the field and McCarron again found the end zone
from three yards out to cut the deficit to 17-14 at halftime.
The second half was all St. Ambrose. Ducey fired three-yard touchdown passes
to Austin Hochstetler and Hayward on the first two SAU possessions of the second
half to give the Bees a 27-17 edge. Midway through the fourth quarter, Ducey
threw a 25-yard touchdown toss to a leaping Hayward on a fourth-and-5 play.
The defense did the rest, keeping the Pioneers off the scoreboard for the
final 36 minutes of the game. Thanks to the strong defensive work, SAU finished
with nearly a 10-minute edge in time of possession.
PJ Conroy and Tyler Boyle each finished with eight tackles to lead the team.
Mike Walter had two sacks, while Griswold, Hughes and Hank Belshause each had an
The Bees will welcome Waldorf College to Brady Street Stadium on Saturday,
Sept. 20. Kickoff is slated for 2 p.m.
South Dakota 52, St. Ambrose 0
Aug. 30, 2008
The University of South Dakota rolled for 547 yards of total offense in
shutting out St. Ambrose 52-0 in the season opener for both teams in the
DakotaDome on Saturday, Aug. 30. The Coyotes finished with 299 rushing yards and
threw for 248 yards in their first game as an NCAA Division I FCS member.
USD took little time in taking control, scoring on the first possession of
the game to grab a 7-0 lead. The Bees stayed close throughout the majority of
the first quarter. The Coyotes pushed across a second touchdown late in the
frame for a 14-0 edge. It was the first of four consecutive South Dakota
possessions resulting in a touchdown as the lead grew to 35-0 at the half.
The Coyotes tacked on 17 points in the second half for the 52-0 win.
St. Ambrose finished with 174 yards of total offense. Brennan McCarron
finished with 64 rushing yards on 15 carries. Kyle Ryon added 37 yards on eight
rushes. Will Ducey completed 12-of-28 passes for 66 yards. Michael Hayward and
Kyle Korth each caught four balls.
Tyler Boyle led the Fighting Bees defense with 10 total tackles, including
three tackles-for-loss. Zack Hughes finished with nine tackles and Colin Green
had eight stops.
The Bees will play their home opener on Saturday, Sept. 13, when they welcome
the University of Wisconsin-Platteville to Brady Street Stadium. Kickoff is
slated for 1 p.m.
Football Team Ranked 10th in NAIA Preseason Coaches' Poll
Aug. 11, 2008
The St. Ambrose football team is ranked 10th in the NAIA Football Coaches'
Preseason Top 25 Poll released today. Defending NAIA champion Carroll College
(Mont.) received all 15 first-place votes to earn the top spot in the poll.
University of Sioux Falls (S.D.) is ranked second while Missouri Valley College
Last week, the Fighting Bees were picked to win the Mid-States Football
Association (MSFA) Midwest League according to the MSFA preseason coaches' poll.
All this recognition comes despite St. Ambrose returning only eight starters
from a year ago. The Bees were 8-3 overall and 7-0 in MSFA Midwest League play
and advanced to the NAIA Playoffs in 2007.
St. Ambrose will get tested early in the 2008 campaign. After opening the season
at the University of South Dakota, an NCAA Division I FCS member, on August 30,
SAU will host the University of Wisconsin-Platteville on September 13. The
Pioneers defeated the Bees 16-6 in Platteville last year.
SAU will face two preseason top 25 teams during the regular season. The Bees
will visit #4 University of Saint Francis, Ind., on September 27, and play host
to #25 McKendree University on October 18.
More information on NAIA football, including the complete preseason coaches'
poll, is available
St. Ambrose Picked as MSFA Midwest League Preseason Favorite
Aug. 4, 2008
Despite returning only eight starters from 2007, the St. Ambrose University
football team has been tabbed as the Mid-States Football Association (MSFA)
Midwest League favorite this year according to the MSFA preseason coaches poll.
The Fighting Bees, coming off
consecutive Midwest League titles in 2006 and 2007, garnered seven of the eight
first-place votes to earn the top spot. McKendree grabbed the other first-place
vote and is second in the poll. The complete conference rankings are below.
"It's a nice honor but it's
really based on what you did a year ago," said St. Ambrose head coach Mike
Magistrelli. "It's great to be the preseason number one, but it's really not
something we put much stock into. We still have to line up each and every
Saturday and work for it."
Ohio Dominican sits atop the MSFA
Mideast League poll, followed closely by St. Francis (Ind.).
St. Ambrose will open the 2008
season at the University of South Dakota on August 30. The Fighting Bees' home
opener is September 13 against the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. MSFA Midwest League play gets underway on October 4 when St. Ambrose hosts St.
Francis (Ill.) at 1 p.m.
School (1st-place votes) -
1. St. Ambrose (7) - 7 - 63
2. McKendree (1) - 56
3. Olivet Nazarene - 43
4. William Penn - 37
5. Quincy - 35
6. Trinity International - 21
7. St. Francis, Ill. - 19
8. Iowa Wesleyan - 14
School (1st-place votes) -
1. Ohio Dominican (5) - 60
2. Saint Francis, Ind. (3) - 59
3. Saint Xavier - 48
4. Malone - 38
5. Walsh - 31
6. Urbana - 26
7. Marian - 18
8. Taylor - 8
For more information on the MSFA,