Football News - 2012-13
picked 10th in NAIA Football Coaches' Spring Poll
Apr. 15, 2013
With 16 starters returning, including Mid-States Football Association Midwest
League Player of the Year quarterback Eric Williamson and All-American
linebacker Jeremy Wallace, St. Ambrose has been voted 10th in the 2013 NAIA
Football Coaches' Spring Top 25 Poll released today.
The Bees won a share of the Midwest League championship and hosted Southern
Oregon in an NAIA Football Championship Series First Round playoff game last
season. SAU finished the year ranked No. 10 in the country with a 9-2 mark.
Defending-National Champion Marian (Ind.) has the top spot in the spring
poll, followed by Morningside (Iowa), Missouri Valley, Saint Xavier (Ill.) and
Along with No. 4 Saint Xavier, the Bees will face three other teams ranked in
the spring poll - No. 6 Saint Francis (Ind.), No. 15 William Penn and No. 17
Grand View. St. Ambrose kicks off the 2013 campaign by hosting Taylor (Ind.) on
SAU finishes at
No. 10 in postseason top 25 poll
Jan. 1, 2013
A conference title and a spot in the NAIA Football Championship Series
playoffs gave St. Ambrose a No. 10 ranking in the NAIA Football Coaches'
Postseason Top 25 Poll.
The Bees finished 9-2 overall and won a share of the Mid-States Football
Association Midwest League championship. SAU's season ended with a 45-28 playoff
loss to Southern Oregon, who earned a No. 5 ranking in the final poll.
National Champion Marian (Ind.) and runner-up Morningside (Iowa) finished
one-two in the poll, respectively.
selected to represent SAU at D2 vs. NAIA Senior Bowl
Dec. 13, 2012
D2 vs. NAIA Bowl
Ambrose offensive lineman Alex Berg (right) was recently selected to play in the
2012 D2 vs. NAIA Senior Bowl in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
The game, featuring some of the top senior players from the NCAA Division II
and NAIA ranks, will kickoff at 1 p.m. Saturday at Doug Shaw Stadium.
Players selected will practice, be honored at an awards banquet and play in
the second-annual showcase game with pro scouts in attendance.
Last year, offensive lineman Joe Bailey and defensive back James Hannah-White
represented St. Ambrose in the game played in Middleton, N.Y.
The honor comes after a strong season for Berg.
The 6-2, 285-pound lineman started all 11 games for the Bees while splitting
time between both guard positions. He helped SAU average more than 440 yards of
offense per game.
Off the field, Berg was selected as a Capital One Academic All-America First
Teamer and recently won the Bob Jurevitz Award, presented to the St. Ambrose
football player who best exemplifies the characteristics Jurevitz displayed both
on and off the playing field.
The Bees finished the 2012 season 9-2 overall, won a share of the Mid-States
Football Association Midwest League championship and qualified for the NAIA
Football Championship Series playoffs.
to AFCA NAIA All-America Team
Dec. 12, 2012
AFCA release | AFCA website
Ambrose University junior linebacker Jeremy Wallace was named to the 2012
American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) NAIA Coaches' All-America Team
The 6-1, 215-pounder from New Lenox, Ill. (Lincoln-Way Central High School),
set a St. Ambrose single-season school record by recording 141 total tackles
this year. His 12.8 tackles per game is the third-best mark in the country.
Wallace was credited with eight tackles behind the line of scrimmage,
including five sacks. He also had two interceptions, and forced and recovered a
Wallace, an integral part of a 9-2 Bee team that won the MSFA Midwest League
title and qualified for the NAIA Football Championship Series playoffs, was
earlier named to the all-Mid-States Football Association Midwest League first
The Bees have now had a player earn AFCA NAIA All-America recognition in
back-to-back years as offensive lineman Carl Meister was named to the team last
The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945 and currently selects
25-player teams in all five of its divisions - FBS, FCS, NCAA Division II, NCAA
Division III and NAIA. The AFCA’s NAIA All-America Selection Committee is made
up of three head coaches from each of the AFCA’s nine districts.
recipient of Bob Jurevitz Award
Dec. 9, 2012
offensive lineman Alex Berg (right) was named the recipient of the Bob Jurevitz
Award at the St. Ambrose University Fall Sports Banquet Sunday afternoon.
The annual award, established in the summer of 2011, is named after Bob
Jurevitz, a former St. Ambrose football great who passed away in November 2011
after a battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig's disease.
It is presented to a St. Ambrose football player who best exemplifies the
characteristics Jurevitz displayed both on and off the playing field.
Berg, from Batavia, Ill. (Batavia HS), was selected by the SAU football
coaching staff and the Jurevitz family. Current SAU assistant coach John
Michaletti won the award last year.
"Alex has been an outstanding, player, teammate and leader in our program
over the last four years," SAU head coach Mike Magistrelli said. "He has
excelled both on and off the field as evident by him earning Capital One
Academic All-American honors this past year. He embodies many of the same great
qualities that made Bob such a great player and teammate."
Berg, a physical
education major, started all 11 games for the Bees in 2012, splitting time
between both guard positions. He helped St. Ambrose average more than 440 yards
of offense per game. Off the field, he was selected as a Capital One Academic
All-America First Teamer for his work in the classroom.
Berg's name now joins Michaletti's on a plaque inside the Lee Lohman Arena
lobby, which will continue to be updated every year to list the all-time
recipients of the award.
Jurevitz was one of the most-prolific and hardest-working running backs in
SAU history. He remains the second-leading rusher in school history,
accumulating 5,126 yards on the ground during his career from 1982-85. He was
the state of Iowa's all-time leading collegiate rusher at the time of his
graduation in 1986.
The four-year team captain and team MVP scored a Bee-best 64 touchdowns in
his career. During his senior season in 1985, he rushed for 1,424 yards and a
still-school-record 27 touchdowns. He was inducted into the SAU Athletics Hall
of Fame in 1992.
A plaque honoring Jurevitz and a framed #44 jersey are permanently displayed
in the SAU football locker room visible to every player entering and leaving the
Along with the Bob Jurevitz Award, the Champions of Character for each fall
sport were announced based on five core values - integrity, respect,
responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership.
More than 500 SAU student-athletes and their parents attended the banquet in
the Rogalski Center Ballroom to wrap up the fall sports seasons.
St. Ambrose Champions of Character (left to right):
Men's Soccer - Rob Prior (So., Bloomington, Ill.)
Football - Steve Thomas (So., Rockford, Ill.)
Men's Cross Country - Ryan Buchanan (Sr., Charles City, Iowa)
Women's Volleyball - Meagan Hruska (So., Quincy, Ill.)
Women's Soccer - Sydney Worsham (So., Osprey, Fla.)
Women's Cross Country - Chelsee Lisk (Sr., Rushville, Ill.)
named to Academic All-America First Team
Dec. 3, 2012
Berg (left) and Andrew Friederich (right) were named to the 2012 Capital One
Academic All-America College Division Football First Team today. The pair
advanced to the national ballot after earning all-district honors last month.
The team is comprised of student-athletes from NAIA, Canadian and two-year
institutions and are selected by the College Sports Information Directors of
America (CoSIDA) based on the students' work on the field and in the classroom.
Berg, a senior offensive lineman from Batavia, Ill., is majoring in Physical
Education at St. Ambrose. He started all 11 games for the Bees, splitting time
between both guard positions, and helped SAU average more than 440 yards of
offense per game.
Friederich, a junior tight end from Davenport, Iowa, is majoring in Chemistry
Pre-Med at SAU. He was second on the team with 24 receptions for 468 yards and
seven touchdowns this season.
The Bees finished 9-2 overall and qualified for the NAIA Football
Championship Series after winning the Mid-States Football Association Midwest
St. Ambrose has had four student-athletes earn Capital One Academic
All-America honors this fall - Berg, Friederich, Matt Kraciun (men's soccer
first team) and Morgan Lynn (women's soccer third team).
Three Bees set
single-season school records in 2012
Nov. 27, 2012
SAU record book
In St. Ambrose's return to the NAIA Football Championship Series in 2012,
several individual record-breaking accomplishments were set.
Junior quarterback Eric Williamson, freshman wide receiver Zach Grant and
junior linebacker Jeremy Wallace each put their name in the SAU single-season
(left), the Mid-States Football Association Midwest League Player of the Year,
set a Bee record by tossing 35 touchdown passes this season, breaking the old
mark of 30 set by Jim DuPage in 2007.
Williamson threw at least one touchdown pass in every game this season and
had seven games of at least three TD tosses. He threw seven touchdowns in a
63-10 win over Olivet Nazarene on Oct. 20.
Grant (above right), a first team all-conference selection, set St. Ambrose
single-season records with 91 receptions and 16 touchdown catches. He broke
Michael Hayward's previous records of 88 receptions (set in 2008) and 13
touchdowns (set in 2010).
had at least four catches in all 11 games this year and caught at least six
passes nine times, including three games of double-digit receptions. He also
hauled in at least one touchdown pass in nine games. In the win over Olivet
Nazarene, Grant finished with 17 catches, five going for scores.
Wallace (right) broke Aaron Mormann's record of 139 tackles set in 2000 by
coming up with 141 total stops as part of a first team all-conference season in
Wallace recorded double-figure tackles in nine contests this year with a
season-best 19 coming in a 20-17 win at William Penn on Nov. 3. He added 18
tackles in the season-ending 45-28 loss to Southern Oregon in the first round of
the NAIA FCS.
The Bees ended the year with a 9-2 record and won the MSFA Midwest League
regular season championship.
SAU's season ends with
45-28 loss to Southern Oregon
Nov. 17, 2012
Box score |
Video highlights (courtesy SAUtv)
8 St. Ambrose was able to bottle up the high-powered No. 10 Southern Oregon
offense for two quarters Saturday afternoon in an NAIA Football Championship
Series first round game at Brady Street Stadium.
But the Raiders did more than enough damage in the other two in posting a
45-28 win. SOU scored 28 fourth-quarter points, after scoring 17 in the first,
to overcome a 28-17 deficit and will now advance to a quarterfinal game next
St. Ambrose ends the year with a 9-2 record.
Top of the top offensive teams in the country seemed destined for a shootout,
especially after a fast start. Southern Oregon (9-2) scored touchdowns on its
first two possessions, sandwiched around a St. Ambrose touchdown, for a 14-6
lead just eight minutes into the game.
With the lead at 17-6 late in the first, the Raider offense, which averaged
54 points and 657 yards of offense entering the game, was slowed for perhaps the
first time all season.
Held scoreless in both the second and third quarters, Southern Oregon watched
St. Ambrose take the lead behind Mid-States Football Association Midwest League
Player of the Year Eric Williamson.
The junior Bee quarterback rushed for a score and threw for another to put
the Bees in front 18-17. Later in the quarter, Anton Wilkins spun free for a
17-yard touchdown run and on the last play of the half, Quinn Treiber converted
a 21-yard field goal. SAU put up 22 points in the second quarter to grab
momentum and a 28-17 lead at halftime and took that lead into the fourth
But the Raiders started clicking again in the fourth. On the first play of
the quarter, Austin Dodge threw a 32-yard touchdown to Patrick Donahue to cut
the deficit to 28-24.
After a short SAU punt, Dodge capped a quick drive with a five-yard scoring
strike to Cole McKenzie to put the Raiders up for good.
Barragan added a nine-yard touchdown run and Josh Leff returned an interception
39 yards later in the frame to end the scoring.
Dodge threw for 307 yards and three touchdowns and Barragan rushed for 192
yards and a score in the win. SOU rolled up 547 yards of offense. Dustin
Fretwell led the Raider defense with 11 tackles while Daniel Breaux finished
with seven stops, including four behind the line of scrimmage and three sacks,
and forced a fumble.
Williamson was 26-of-42 for 309 yards and a touchdown, but was intercepted
twice. Sam O'Donnell (left) hauled in nine of those passes for 157 yards. Cole
Kelly piled up 143 yards on the ground in defeat. Linebacker Jeremy Wallace
(right) concluded his fabulous season with 18 total tackles.
Player of the Year; 14 Bees, Magistrelli honored
Nov. 15, 2012
With their first playoff game on the horizon, several St. Ambrose football
were recognized for their outstanding season by the Mid-States Football
Association. Eric Williamson was named the Midwest League Player of the Year,
Mike Magistrelli was selected as the Coach of the Year, and a total of 14
players were named to the all-conference team.
|Midwest League Player of the
Year - Eric Williamson
|Midwest League Coach of the
Year - Mike Magistrelli
|First Team All-MSFA
|Zach Grant - WR
||Cole Kelly - RB
||Carl Meister - OL
|Sean Santiago - DL
||Jeremy Wallace - LB
||Eric Williamson - QB
|Second Team All-MSFA
|Jordan Bell - DB
||Andrew Friederich - TE
||Steve Laski - DL
|Dan Mahoney - OL
||Mike Tetlow - DL
||Steve Thomas - DB
|Honorable Mention All-MSFA
|Ryne Diehl - DL
||Cory Price - DL
(right) was recognized for his record-breaking junior campaign. The two-year
starter from Springfield, Ill., has already set a school record with his 34
touchdown passes this season. He has completed 198-of-314 passes for 2,676 yards
and has thrown just eight interceptions. Williamson is currently eighth in the
country in passing yards, by averaging 267.6 per game.
"Eric has had an outstanding year," Magistrelli said. "He has consistently
played at a high level all season and is very deserving of this award."
It is the seventh time a Bee has been named the league's player of the year.
Josh Schmidt (quarterback, 2000), Nathan Norman (running back, 2001), Joe
Schimmel (running back, 2003), Jim DuPage (quarterback, 2007), Michael Hayward
(wide receiver, 2008 and 2010) also won the award for St. Ambrose.
Williamson received honorable mention honors last season.
After leading the nation in receiving as a high school senior last year, Zach
Grant has teamed with Williamson to form one of the top pass-catch combinations
at the collegiate level this year.
freshman from Rochester, Ill., has had one of the best seasons for a Bee
receiver in school history. Grant (left) has caught 87 passes for 1,132 yards
and 16 touchdowns, and ranks in the top-10 nationally for receptions, receiving
yards and touchdowns.
Adding to the offensive fireworks has been Cole Kelly (middle), a junior
running back from West Branch, Iowa. Despite missing three games due to injury,
repeated as a first team all-conference running back. He has carried the ball
137 times for 671 yards, averaging 95.9 yards per game, and has scored six
Carl Meister (above right) joins Kelly as a repeat first team all-conference
pick. The senior left tackle from Downers Grove, Ill., has paved the way for an
offense that is averaging more than 437 yards of offense, the 13th-best mark in
Jeremy Wallace (left) has been a tackling machine at linebacker for the Bees.
The junior from New Lenox, Ill., is fourth in the country by averaging 12.3
tackles per contest. Wallace has recorded eight tackles-for-loss, including five
sacks, and has picked off two passes.
Sean Santiago (right) and the defensive line have been a disruptive force up
front all season. Santiago, a second team all-MSFA pick last year, has 30 total
tackles, with 6.5 of those coming behind the line of scrimmage. The senior from
Mundelein, Ill., has registered four sacks.
Three of the Bees' second teamers also came along the defensive line. Steve
Laski (below), a sophomore from Mokena, Ill., and Mike Tetlow (below), a senior
from Lockport, Ill., have helped supply pressure up front. Laski has 47 tackles,
12 tackles-for-loss and nine sacks. Tetlow has been in on 18 tackles, including
3.5 TFL and a sack.
Jordan Bell and Steve Thomas (both below) have been the starting cornerbacks
for SAU. Bell, a junior from Pasadena, Calif., and Thomas, a sophomore from
Rockford, Ill., each have 51 tackles on the year. Bell is tied for the team lead
with two interceptions and leads the way with seven pass break-ups while Thomas
has one interception and three fumble recoveries.
The last two second team Bees came on the offensive side. Dan Mahoney
(below), a sophomore from Des Moines, Iowa, has started all 10 games at center
for the high-powered St. Ambrose offense. Andrew Friederich (below), a junior
from Davenport, Iowa, earned his second-straight second-team award by catching
23 passes for 461 yards and seven touchdowns so far this year.
Ryne Diehl (below, 47 tackles, 12 tackles-for-loss, four sacks), a junior
from Frankfort, Ill., and Cory Price (42 tackles, six sacks), a junior from
Princeville, Ill., earned honorable mention, to give the Bees five defensive
linemen on the all-conference team.
With his second Coach of the Year award, Magistrelli (also honored in 2007)
matches former SAU head coach Toddy Sturdy, who was recognized in 1996 and 2006.
No. 8 St. Ambrose, which won a share of its eighth conference title this
year, will host No. 10 Southern Oregon in an NAIA Football Championship Series
First Round playoff game Saturday. Kickoff at Brady Street Stadium is slated for
Bees to host
Southern Oregon in NAIA FCS First Round
Nov. 11, 2012
NAIA release |
NAIA Championships | Tournament
St. Ambrose will host Southern Oregon in an NAIA Football Championship Series
First Round playoff game Saturday at Brady Street Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled
for 1 p.m.
SAU (9-1) jumped to No. 8 in the final NAIA Coaches Poll while Southern
Oregon (8-2) is No. 10. This will be the first meeting between the two schools.
SAU finished in a three-way tie in the Mid-States Football Association
Midwest League with William Penn and Grand View, but the Bees received the
league's automatic bid by getting the highest ranking in the final NAIA poll.
WPU, which will open the playoffs at Saint Xavier, is No. 13 and Grand View, who
missed the playoffs, finished at No. 16.
Southern Oregon shared the Frontier Conference championship with Montana
St. Ambrose will be making its 12th appearance in the NAIA playoffs but its
first since losing in the first round at the University of Sioux Falls in 2008.
The Bees will host their first playoff game since dropping a 38-31
double-overtime game to Morningside in 2006.
Tickets, which are only available at the gate, are $8 for adults and $5 for
students. No passes will be recognized for the playoff game.
2012 Football Championship Series Pairings (All times local)
Game 1: Bethel (Tenn.) (8-3) at Georgetown (Ky.) (10-0), 3:30 p.m.
Game 2: Ottawa (Kan.) (8-2) at Missouri Valley (10-0), TBD
Game 3: Montana Tech (8-2) at Morningside (Iowa) (10-0), 1 p.m.
Game 4: William Penn (Iowa) (9-2) at Saint Xavier (Ill.) (9-1), 1 p.m.
Game 5: Northwestern (Iowa) (9-2) at Marian (Ind.) (8-1), 1 p.m.
Game 6: Baker (Kan.) (8-2) at Saint Francis (Ind.) (8-2), 12 p.m.
Game 7: MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) (8-2) at Cumberlands (Ky.) (9-1), 12 p.m.
Game 8: Southern Oregon (8-2) at Saint Ambrose (Iowa) (9-1), 1 p.m.
Bees grab share of
MSFA conference title with 35-20 win
Nov. 10, 2012
Box score |
Video highlights (courtesy SAUtv)
With a 35-20 win over St. Francis (Ill.), and a little help from William
Penn, St. Ambrose grabbed a share of the MSFA Midwest League championship.
their destiny out of their own hands, the Bees got everything they needed
Saturday afternoon. No. 10 St. Ambrose picked up the victory over No. 24 St.
Francis (Ill.) and when No. 15 William Penn knocked off No. 9 Grand View 17-12,
it gave the Bees a share of the Mid-States Football Association Midwest League
championship with WPU and GVU.
And when the final NAIA national rankings come out tomorrow afternoon, SAU is
expected to get the league's automatic bid into the NAIA Football Championship
Series by virtue of having the highest ranking among the three teams. Even
without the automatic berth, Saturday's win all but guaranteed the Bees a spot
in the National Playoffs, which begin next week.
But SAU's championship push was almost derailed on the first series against
On the game's third play from scrimmage, Bee quarterback Eric Williamson
(right) was sacked and forced to the sidelines with an apparent injury. He
missed the team's next two possessions as SAU sputtered and went 3-and-out both
times. St. Francis (6-5, 3-3 MSFA) took advantage and punched in a touchdown for
an early 7-0 lead.
Williamson returned to the lineup late in the first quarter and made an
immediate impact, leading three second-quarter touchdown drives to put St.
Ambrose in front 21-14 at the half.
engineered two more scoring drives in the second half, and finished 17-of-26 for
314 yards and four touchdowns. He tossed TDs to Sam O'Donnell (55 yards), Zach
Grant (14) and Andrew Friederich (32, 49).
Williamson now stands alone in the St. Ambrose record book with 34 scoring
passes this season.
Grant continued his outstanding freshman campaign, hauling in nine catches
for 128 yards and the one touchdown. Friederich (left) gave the Bees two
receivers with more than 100 yards, finishing with 102 yards on just three
catches, two of which went for scores.
The defense limited the Saints to 287 yards, recorded five sacks and forced
three fumbles. Jeremy Wallace (right) again led the Bees with 15 tackles, giving
him 123 stops on the season.
St. Ambrose will learn its playoff positioning when the NAIA releases the
field Sunday at 3 p.m.
named to Capital One Academic All-District Team
Nov. 8, 2012
Alex Berg, Andrew Friederich, Mike Munro and Steve Thomas were named to the
2012 Capital One Academic All-District 5 Football team today.
The honor, as voted on by the College Sports Information Directors of America
(CoSIDA), recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined
performance on the playing field and in the classroom. Nominees must be starters
or important reserves, sophomores or older, with at least 3.30 cumulative
grade point averages.
The four represent the District 5 College Division, which includes NAIA and
two-year colleges from Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota and Wisconsin.
They will now move on to the Academic All-America ballot.
Berg (above left), now a two-time academic all-district selection, is a
senior offensive lineman from Batavia, Ill., majoring in Physical Education. He
has started all nine games for the Bees, splitting time between both guard
Friederich (above right) is a junior tight end from Davenport, Iowa, majoring
in Chemistry/Pre-Med. He has caught 20 passes for 359 yards and five touchdowns.
(below left) is a junior wide receiver from Johnston, Iowa, majoring in
Behavioral Neuroscience. He has hauled in 14 catches for 275 yards and three
Thomas (below right) is a sophomore cornerback from Rockford, Ill., majoring
in Psychology. He is third on the team with 49 total tackles and has intercepted
St. Ambrose, currently 8-1 overall and ranked No. 10 in the nation, closes
the regular season at home Saturday against No. 24 St. Francis (Ill.) with a
potential spot in the NAIA Football Championship Series on the line. Kickoff is
slated for 1 p.m. at Brady Street Stadium.
Goal-line stand lifts
St. Ambrose to win at William Penn
Nov. 3, 2012
After watching the St. Ambrose offense grab all the headlines the last two
weeks, the SAU defense stole the spotlight in a 20-17 win at No. 10 William Penn
The Bees stuffed the Statesmen at the one-yard line as the clock expired to preserve the victory.
The win keeps No. 11 St. Ambrose alive in the chase for the Mid-States
Football Association Midwest League title and a spot in the NAIA National
The Bees, 8-1 overall and 4-1 in the
conference, remain a game behind No. 9 Grand View (7-2, 5-0 MSFA) heading into the
regular-season finales for both teams next week. SAU will host St. Francis
(Ill.), a team receiving votes in the national poll, while Grand View visits
William Penn (8-2, 4-1 MSFA). With wins, SAU and WPU would force a three-way tie atop the league
Next week matters to the Bees thanks to the last-second defensive stand at
to the 20-17 lead, SAU watched the Statesmen chew up more than six minutes and
march 68 yards to the Bee two-yard line. After a WPU timeout with one second
remaining, the Statesmen decided to forego the game-tying field goal attempt and
go for the win. But after rushing for 123 yards on his previous 24 carries,
William Penn quarterback Taylor Parsons managed only a yard on his 25th carry as
he was stood up at the one-yard line by the Bee defense.
It was a fitting ending to a back-and-forth game between two of the nation's
top teams. William Penn held leads of 7-0, 14-7 and 17-14, but the Bees always
Cole Kelly (above left) scored SAU's first touchdown on a one-yard run in the
opening minutes of the second quarter. Eric Williamson (above right) found Sam
O'Donnell on a six-yard touchdown pass in the final minute of the half to knot
the game at 14-14 at the break.
Bees took the lead for good late in the third when Williamson hit Mitch
Overstreet with a one-yard strike in the end zone for a 20-17 lead.
SAU twice had potential scoring drives thwarted in Statesmen territory in the
fourth. The first drive ended on a fumble at the WPU two-yard line, SAU's third
turnover of the contest. The next drive stalled at the Statesmen 31-yard line
when a 4th-and-15 pass fell incomplete, giving the ball to William Penn for the
final drive with 6:36 to play.
Williamson finished 19-of-28 for 179 yards. His two touchdown passes give him
30 this season, tying the SAU single-season school record. Williamson also
rushed for a team-best 99 yards on 15 carries. Zach Grant hauled in seven
catches for 77 yards.
Jeremy Wallace (above right) led all players with 19 total tackles, giving
him 108 stops this season. He is just the ninth Bee to record at least 100
tackles in a season.
Winning streak at four
games after win at Waldorf
Oct. 27, 2012
Ambrose defeated Waldorf 48-21 Saturday afternoon in Forest City, Iowa. The Bees
are now 7-1 overall and 3-1 in the MSFA Midwest League.
Both Eric Williamson (left) and Zach Grant (right) continued their climb in
the SAU record books.
Williamson tossed five touchdown passes, giving him 12 in the last two weeks
and 28 this season. He is just two touchdowns away from matching Jim DuPage's
single-season school-record 30 TD passes set in 2007.
Grant hauled in three of those scores giving him the St. Ambrose record for
touchdown receptions in a season. He has caught eight TD passes over the last
Cole Kelly complemented the air assault by rushing 23 times for 198 yards and
a touchdown. Anton Wilkins added a 42-yard touchdown run, to go along with a
34-yard TD reception, in the win.
The Bees were down 8-0 before Williamson went to work, throwing scoring
strikes to Wilkins, Grant and Sam O'Donnell to put SAU in front 21-8 at the
Waldorf (4-5, 1-4 MSFA) battled back with a touchdown to get within 21-15 and
had a chance to take the lead in the third quarter, but a touchdown pass was
called back on a holding penalty and the Bees took advantage.
threw two more scores to Grant to give St. Ambrose a 35-15 lead entering the
fourth quarter. Wilkins and Kelly added touchdown runs in the fourth before the
Warriors tacked on a late score.
Once again, Jeremy Wallace (left) led the defense with 13 total tackles,
including 2.5 behind the line of scrimmage and two sacks. Mark O'Connor (right)
came up with a pair of SAU's four interceptions in the win.
The Bees will next face their first of two showdowns with nationally-ranked
opponents by visiting No. 11 William Penn next Saturday. SAU will close the
regular season at home against No. 17 St. Francis (Ill.) on Nov. 10.
day nets Williamson POW honors
Oct. 22, 2012
throwing for 434 yards and seven touchdowns, St. Ambrose quarterback Eric
Williamson (right) was named the NAIA National Offensive Player of the Week
Photo courtesy John Mohr
Earlier in the day, he won the weekly award from the Mid-States Football Association Midwest League.
The junior quarterback, from Springfield, Ill., set school and conference
records for touchdown passes and finished four yards shy of the SAU single-game
passing mark. He completed 29-of-39 passes for the 434 yards and seven scores before being removed after tossing
his seventh touchdowns pass with 4:38 to play in the third quarter.
In the first half, Williamson went 19-of-27 for 273 yards and four
touchdowns. He started the second half by completing nine straight passes on his
way to finishing the third quarter 10-of-12 for 161 yards and three scores in just
Seventeen of William's completions went to freshman Zach Grant, who finished
with 240 yards receiving and five TD catches.
Williamson is currently seventh in the country by throwing for 283.0 yards
per game. He has completed nearly 64 percent of his passes and has thrown 23
touchdowns against just four interceptions to help SAU to a 6-1 record.
The Bees return to action Saturday by visiting Waldorf College.
Williamson and Grant
enter SAU record books in 63-10 win
Oct. 20, 2012
Box score |
Video highlights (courtesy SAUtv)
(left) set a St. Ambrose school record by throwing seven touchdown
passes in a 63-10 win over Olivet Nazarene Saturday afternoon. Five of his
scoring tosses went to Zach Grant (right), setting another school mark for TD
receptions in a game.
Williamson finished 29-of-39 for 434 yards while Grant hauled in 17 catches
for 240 yards as the Bees improved to 6-1 overall and 2-1 in the MSFA Midwest League.
The 63 points marked the most the Bees had scored in a game since beating
Waldorf 66-0 in the 2009 season.
Williamson and Grant connected on touchdowns of 2, 8, 5, 34 and 16 yards.
Williamson also threw touchdowns to Andrew Friederich (42 yards) and Mike Munro
(15 yards) in the blowout.
The Bees scored touchdowns on seven straight possessions from late in the
first quarter through the third.
Trailing 28-0 in the second quarter, Olivet Nazarene (1-7, 0-5 MSFA)
threatened to make a game of it. The Tigers scored a touchdown, recovered an
onside kick, and followed with a field goal to pull within 28-10 with just 1:34
left in the half.
But SAU needed just 1:27 to regain control. Williamson completed four passes
for 49 yards and scrambled for an 18-yard gain. Anton Wilkins finished the drive
with an 8-yard touchdown run to increase the lead to 35-10 at the half.
thoughts of a competitive game in the second half were quickly put to rest. Sean
Kelly (left) forced a fumble on ONU's first possession. Two plays later,
Williamson hit Grant for 34 yards to up the advantage to 42-10.
After the 16-yard scoring strike to Grant late in the third, the starters
were able to sit out the fourth. Backup quarterback Jabari Taylor tacked on a
final touchdown in the opening minutes of the third quarter on a 1-yard keeper.
St. Ambrose rolled up 605 yards of total offense while limiting Olivet
Nazarene to 293 yards.
Jeremy Wallace and Ryan Chambers (right) led the defense with nine total
tackles each. The Bees forced four turnovers.
SAU will next visit Waldorf Saturday at 1 p.m.
SAU does enough to get
past Iowa Wesleyan 23-14
Oct. 13, 2012
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Williamson threw two of his three touchdown passes to Andrew Friederich (right)
as St. Ambrose held off Iowa Wesleyan 23-14 Saturday afternoon at Pleasant
Valley High School. SAU improved to 5-1 following the win.
Moved off their normal home field, Brady Street Stadium, due to a high school
band competition, the Bees never seemed comfortable in their new digs. It was a
one-score game until Quinn Treiber booted a 30-yard field goal with 2:44 to play
to account for the final score.
SAU finished with 360 yards of total offense, with 156 of those yards coming
in the first quarter.
Williamson's first scoring toss was a 17-yarder to Zach Grant late in the
first quarter to put the Bees in front 7-0. The touchdown pass capped a 12-play,
Iowa Wesleyan (1-6) answered early in the second quarter with a touchdown to
tie the game at 7-7 heading into the second half.
Tigers appeared to take the lead but an 11-yard touchdown pass was nullified by
a holding penalty. Jake Hemmen (right) preserved the tie by blocking a 38-yard
field goal attempt to end the drive.
Then the Bees finally got something going offensively. Williamson found
Friederich on touchdown passes of 32 and 34 yards to give St. Ambrose a 20-7
lead in the opening minute of the fourth quarter.
IWC immediately responded with a TD drive to get within 20-14 with 11:20
But the Bee defense made sure the Tigers didn't get any closer. Over their
final four possessions, the Tigers managed only 13 yards on 11 plays and never
crossed midfield. Treiber's late field goal sealed the win.
Williamson finished 16-of-29 for 195 yards and the three scores. Grant caught
nine passes for 93 yards while Friederich had five grabs for 91 yards. Anton
Wilkins rushed for 120 of SAU's 165 yards on the ground.
Jeremy Wallace recorded 11 total tackles. Steve Laski finished with nine
stops, including 3.5 tackles-for-loss and a pair of sacks. As a team, the Bees
registered 11 tackles behind the line of scrimmage and six sacks.
St. Ambrose will return to Brady Street Stadium next Saturday to host Olivet
Nazarene for a 1 p.m. kickoff.
St. Ambrose strikes
fast to defeat Quincy 34-18
Oct. 6, 2012
In the first half, they went through the air. In the second half, they kept
it on the ground. But no matter what the Bees did, they weren't wasting any
Playing under the lights for the only time this season, St. Ambrose used a
quick-strike attack, and survived some shaky moments late, to pick up a 34-18
non-conference victory at NCAA Division II Quincy University Saturday.
SAU's five touchdown drives combined to consume just four minutes and 36
seconds. None of the drives ate up more than 1:33.
In the first half, Eric Williamson completed 21-of-29 passes for 263 yards
and three touchdowns as the Bees built a 21-6 halftime lead. St. Ambrose needed
just a combined two and a half minutes for its three first-half scoring drives.
Trailing 6-0 late in the first quarter, Williamson threw a 37-yard touchdown
pass to Andrew Friederich (left) to cap a three-play, 72-yard drive that used just
Taking advantage of a Quincy penalty on a punt, it took the Bees two plays
and 16 seconds to cover 36 yards. Williamson completed a 30-yard pass to Zach
Grant before finding Austin Cappaert (above right) in the end zone from six yards out to put
SAU in front 14-6.
The defense, despite allowing 128 rushing yards in the first half, made just
enough plays and forced the Hawks into an 0-of-6 mark on third-down conversions
to keep St. Ambrose in front. No play was bigger than a forced fumble to stop a
Hawk drive inside the SAU 10-yard line with less than two minutes to play in the
half. The offense took advantage of Mark O'Connor's recovery at the 4-yard line
and marched 96 yards in 1:13. Williamson threw his third touchdown pass of the
half, this one a 10-yarder to Sam O'Donnell with 7.8 seconds left, to put the
Bees in front 21-6.
But the Bees turned to the running attack to start the second half. Raimon
Clay (left) burst down the sideline for a 38-yard touchdown run on SAU's first
possession of the third quarter to complete a five-play, 72-yard drive that ate
up just 1:33.
Midway through the third, Williamson wrapped up the SAU scoring by hitting
Grant with a 35-yard touchdown toss to extend the lead to 34-6.
The Bees, led by Clay, totaled 136 of their 158 rushing yards in the second
half. Clay finished with 91 yards on just seven carries to lead the way. Grant
led the receiving corps with 11 catches for 115 yards. Jeremy Wallace (above
right) led the defense with 14 total tackles.
Quincy (0-6) took advantage of a couple Bee mistakes to add a pair of
fourth-quarter touchdowns to trim the final score to 34-18.
SAU will next host Iowa Wesleyan Saturday at 1 p.m. at Pleasant Valley High
St. Ambrose falls to
Grand View in double overtime
Sept. 29, 2012
View kicked a 34-yard field goal in the second overtime to lift Grand View to a
29-26 win to spoil St. Ambrose's Homecoming. The Bees fall to 3-1 overall and
1-1 in the MSFA Midwest League.
SAU was able to force overtime when Quinn Treiber (right) booted a 48-yard
field goal that barely got over the crossbar as time expired in regulation. The
Bees appeared to get the break they needed when the Vikings fumbled on the first
possession of overtime. On its first drive of OT, SAU got to the GVU 9-yard line
before coughing the ball up on third down.
In the second overtime, a penalty and a sack thwarted any Bee hopes and a
desperation fourth-down pass was batted down. Grand View (4-2, 3-0 MSFA) got
down to the 17-yard line before kicking the game-winning field goal.
The game was as competitive as could be expected between the No. 18 Vikings
and No. 9 Bees. Grand View barely edged St. Ambrose in rushing yards (112-110),
passing yards (326-323), total offense (438-433) and first downs (25-24).
The Bees built a 15-3 first-half lead as Eric Williamson threw a pair of
13-yard touchdown passes to Zach Grant. Grand View got within 15-10 with a
touchdown in the final two minutes of the half.
Vikings took their first lead of the game at 16-15 on a long touchdown pass in
the opening minutes of the third quarter. After GVU picked off a Williamson pass
on the Viking 1-yard line, the Bees regained a 17-16 lead a play later when
Steve Laski (left) and Cory Price stuffed a Viking running back in the end zone
for a safety.
The back-and-forth continued as Grand View kicked a 42-yard field before
Williamson found Anton Wilkins (right) down the sideline on a 46-yard scoring
play late in the third quarter to put the Bees in front 23-19.
With just 1:12 remaining in regulation, the Vikings went back in front 26-23.
But that left just enough time for SAU. Williamson completed 5-of-6 passes and
rushed twice for nine yards to get the Bees down to the Viking 31-yard line.
Facing a 4th-and-1 with five seconds left, Treiber came out and kicked the
48-yarder to force overtime.
Williamson finished 28-of-46 for 300 yards and three touchdowns. Grant hauled
in 11 passes for 127 yards and the two scores. Wilkins ended with 65 yards on 12
Defensively, Jeremy Wallace led St. Ambrose with 13 tackles. Ryan Chambers
had 12, Laski added 11 and Steve Thomas finished with 10.
The Bees will step out of conference play and travel to Quincy for their only
night game of 2012. Saturday's game is slated to kickoff at 7 p.m.
Bees knock off another
ranked foe to move to 3-0
Sept. 15, 2012
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Williamson (right) threw two long touchdown passes and the the Bee defense was
dominant again as No. 9 St. Ambrose won its home opener 24-14 over No. 23
The Bees have held all three opponents this year, including two ranked inside
the top 25, to 14 points or less in moving to 3-0 to start a season for the
first time since 2006.
Leading just 10-7 at the half, SAU used the two long passes from Williamson
for a little breathing room. First, on the Bees' first possession of the second
half, the junior quarterback hit freshman Zach Grant down the sideline on a
65-yard scoring toss. Then just 80 seconds into the quarter, Williamson found
Mike Munro streaking down the middle of the field for a 68-yard TD pass.
That cushion was all the Bee defense needed. In a dominating third quarter,
St. Ambrose surrendered just 41 yards on 19 plays over five Taylor possessions.
the Trojans scored to trim the score to 24-14 early in the fourth, the defense
came up big again. Taylor (2-1) marched to the SAU 16-yard line threatening to
get within one score, but Ryne Diehl (right) broke free and forced and recovered
a fumble behind the line of scrimmage to give the ball back to the Bees. The
Trojans had one final threat but a 30-yard field goal was wide right inside the
The Bees had built the halftime lead thanks to 39-yard Quinn Treiber field
goal on the game's opening possession. And after Taylor had grabbed a 7-3 lead,
Zach Rockford scored on a 4th-and-goal run from the 5-yard line in the early
stages of the second quarter.
Then the two long scores let the SAU defense take over. Taylor finished with
just 306 yards of offense. The Bees had three sacks and forced a pair of
turnovers. Jeremy Wallace led the defense with 13 total tackles and Ryan
Chambers had 12 stops.
Facing a team that had allowed -8 yards rushing through two games, St.
Ambrose ran for 131 yards, including 109 in the first half. Cole Kelly picked up
all 75 of his yards in the first half. Anton Wilkins rushed for 36 yards.
Williamson completed 15-of-26 passes for 248 yards. Zach Grant led all
receivers with seven catches for 116 yards.
On Military Appreciation Day, SAU President Joan Lescinski, CSJ, PhD, gave a
pre-game proclamation in appreciation of the military's service among the day's
After a week off, the Bees will face their third straight nationally-ranked
opponent by hosting No. 15 Grand View on Sept. 29 at 1 p.m.
opener tabbed Military Appreciation Day
Sept. 11, 2012
As if a battle of top-25 teams isn't enough, St. Ambrose has announced
Saturday's home game against No. 23 Taylor is Military Appreciation Day.
All active and past military get free admission to No. 9 SAU's 1 p.m. home
opener with valid DOD or Veterans Affairs ID card.
Prior to the game, SAU President Joan Lescinski, CSJ, PhD, will give a
proclamation in appreciation of the military's service.
The family of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Nathan Cox will conduct the pre-game coin
toss in recognition of Quad Cities area Gold Star families. Sgt. Cox was a St.
Ambrose student prior to being killed in action in 2008.
Two former leaders of the U.S. Army Sustainment Command at the Rock Island
Arsenal, Maj. Gen. Yves Fontaine (ret.) and Command Sgt. Maj. Stephen Blake
(ret.), will receiving Fighting Bees Awards at halftime. During intermission,
the SAU dance team will also have a special performance.
Throughout the game, Quad-Cities Stand Down will accept donations of socks,
gloves and coats for distribution to area homeless veterans.
Bees climb up to
No. 9 in NAIA Football Poll
Sept. 10, 2012
After picking up an impressive 15-14 win at then-No. 6 Saint Francis (Ind.)
Saturday, St. Ambrose got the attention of the voters in the national poll. The
Bees jumped 11 spots to No. 9 in the first regular-season NAIA Football Coaches'
Top 25 Poll, released today. SAU had the biggest improvement of any team from
the preseason poll.
This is the first time St. Ambrose has cracked the top 10 since coming in at
No. 9 in the initial regular-season poll of the 2009 season, which was released
on Sept. 14, 2009.
The schedule doesn't get any easier as SAU will play its home opener Saturday
against No. 23 Taylor (Ind.). Kickoff at Brady Street Stadium is scheduled for 1
Wallace named MSFA
Player of the Week
Sept. 10, 2012
Jeremy Wallace (right) was named the Mid-States Football
Association Midwest League Defensive Player of the Week today.
Wallace, a junior linebacker from New Lenox, Ill., helped
St. Ambrose pull off the come-from-behind 15-14 victory Saturday over No. 6 St. Francis
a junior linebacker from New Lenox, Ill., came up with 11 tackles, one of
which was for a loss, recorded a sack, and intercepted a pass to help lead the
Bees on defense.
Through two games this season, Wallace shares the team lead with 15 total
The Fighting Bees will look to remain undefeated as they
play host to Taylor for their season opener on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Brady
Street Stadium. The home opener will also serve as Military Appreciation Day.
St. Ambrose picks up
15-14 win at No. 6 Saint Francis (Ind.)
Sept. 8, 2012
Eric Williamson threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Zach Grant
(left) with 1:45 to
play and followed with a completion to Mitch Overstreet for the two-point
conversion to lift No. 20 St. Ambrose to a 15-14 win at No. 6 Saint Francis
Adonis Brown (right) sealed the win by intercepting a Cougar pass with 1:27
left and the Bees were able to run out the clock to move to 2-0 on the season.
The victory was SAU's first over USF in eight tries and the Bees' first
victory over a ranked opponent since defeating No. 25 Malone 34-14 on Sept. 12,
After surrendering a 70-yard Saint Francis touchdown pass to put the Cougars
in front 14-7 midway through the fourth quarter, the St. Ambrose defense allowed
only 27 yards and one first down over USF's final three possessions. Sean
Santiago blocked a 33-yard field goal to stop one late possession and Jordan
Bell came up with a crucial tackle on fourth down to stop another drive to give
the Bees the ball back with 2:52 to go.
go-ahead drive, Williamson completed 4-of-5 passes for 77 yards, with the big
strike a 50-yard completion to Mike Munro (right) to get SAU down to the Saint
Francis 15-yard line. On the next play, Williamson hit Grant to pull the Bees to
within a point. Rather than settling for the tie, SAU went for two and
Williamson found Overstreet for a 15-14 lead.
Saint Francis completed a pass to get to their own 38-yard line before Brown
ended any comeback hopes by picking off a pass at the SAU 42.
After a quick start from both teams, the game turned into a defensive
struggle. The Cougars took the opening kickoff and marched 85 yards on 15 plays
and grabbed a 6-0 lead after the extra point sailed wide right.
The Bees answered with a long drive of their own, going 61 yards on 14 plays
and taking a 7-6 lead on a Cole Kelly two-yard run. The touchdown drive was
aided by a roughing the kicker penalty on Quinn Treiber's 27-yard field goal.
The Bees took the penalty and the points off the board but capitalized two plays
later on Kelly's run.
Ambrose had other chances but three fumbles hurt the Bees. The first came on the
USF one-yard line late in the half and the other two came in the fourth quarter.
SAU finished with 306 yards, and 157 on the ground. The Cougars were limited
to 383 yards.
Ryan Chambers (right) led the defense with 12 total tackles. Jeremy Wallace
(11) and Cory Price (10) also finished with double-digit stops. The Bees
finished with three interceptions and three sacks in the victory.
St. Ambrose will play its home opener next Saturday against Taylor. Kickoff
is slated for 1 p.m. at Brady Street Stadium. The game will also be SAU's
Military Appreciation Day (read
Bees get season
started with 43-6 win at Trinity International
Sept. 1, 2012
Another season opener against Trinity International. Another dominating
performance from the defense. Another balanced attack from the offense. Another
It was a familiar script as No. 20 St. Ambrose opened the 2012 season with a
43-6 MSFA Midwest League win at Trinity International Saturday afternoon in the
rain in Deerfield, Ill. It was the Bees fourth straight season-opening win over
the Trojans and SAU's ninth straight win the series.
(left) completed 22-of-31 passes for 320 yards and three touchdowns.
Nine different receivers caught at least one pass. Cole Kelly (right) rushed for 136
yards and two scores on 23 carries as part of a rushing attack that finished
with 245 yards. In all, the Bees totaled 565 yards of offense.
While St. Ambrose had no problems moving the ball, Trinity International had
just 256 yards against the SAU defense, and 100 of those yards came in the
fourth quarter with the Bees already comfortably in front. St. Ambrose forced a
pair of turnovers and allowed only 15 first downs.
After SAU's first two drives stalled deep in Trojan territory as part of a
scoreless first quarter, the Bees scored touchdowns on three of their next four
possessions to build a 21-0 halftime lead.
The rout was on in the third quarter. The Bees scored three touchdowns and a
safety to extend the lead to 43-0 late in the quarter. Trinity International got
on the board early in the fourth quarter to end the scoring.
SAU will be put to the test next week with a game at No. 6 Saint Francis
(Ind.) Saturday. The Bees lost a heartbreaker 34-33 last year to the Cougars and
have never defeated USF in seven chances.
SAU ranked No.
20 in NAIA preseason poll
Aug. 7, 2012
| 2012 schedule
St. Ambrose will begin another season ranked in the 2012 NAIA
Football Coaches' Top 25 poll. The Bees grabbed the No. 20 spot in the preseason
poll released today by the national office.
SAU is one of four Mid-States Football Association Midwest
League teams in the top 25, joining No. 7 St. Francis (Ill.), No. 14 William
Penn and No. 15 Grand View. The Bees were picked behind those three teams in the
MSFA preseason vote. Along with the three conference foes, SAU will visit No. 6
Saint Francis (Ind.) during the year.
St. Ambrose will kick off the 2012 campaign Sept. 1 at Trinity
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