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Football: Christopherson looking at 200 wins
Vic Quick, 9/26/97
It all began on an autumn afternoon in 1969 with a 34-6 win over the Moorhead State University Dragons. Now, 29 years and 198 victories later Concordia's head coach Jim Christopherson is going for win number 200. With a win, Christopherson will reach the mark that only 17 other coaches in college football history, at any level, have ever attained. Christopherson is also third in wins among active Division III coaches, trailing only John Gagliardi of St. John's and Roger Harring of Wisconsin-Lacrosse. Christopherson is fifth in winning percentage at 70 percent among Division III coaches.
When asked about his 200-win milestone, he said, "It will bring back warm memories, but it hasn't been Jim Christopherson winning the games. It has been the hard work of the players and the staff."
Concordia beats St. Olaf 38-0
Concordia ate up St. Olaf Saturday in the Lefse Bowl to clinch their third win of the season.
The offense racked up a total of 38 points, sparked by a fumble recovery on the opening kickoff. Junior Mike Rice made a hit on the Ole ball carrier, and sophomore Rob Schwartz came from behind to recover the ball. "We knocked the ball loose, and I saw it rolling around on the ground," said Schwartz. "I jumped on it without even thinking about it."
"It was a good way to get the game started," Schwartz added. "On the first play of the game St. Olaf thought they were starting with the ball. Then there was a total shift in momentum. St. Olaf was out of sync the rest of the game."
Concordia gained control of the ball on the 28 yard line, and it took five plays for senior Dan Steinbeisser to score from the 16. Concordia took the lead early in the game, 6-0, after a missed extra point on the first touchdown.
Freshman kicker Clayton Horgen made a 37-yard field goal late in the first quarter to bump the Cobber lead to 9-0.
Freshman running back Marcus Ludtke scored his first touchdown of the season from the 9 yard line with 3:35 left in the final quarter. His touchdown gave the Cobbers a game total of 38.
The Cobber defense dominated and kept the Oles scoreless. They held St. Olaf to 58 yards rushing, 11 of 24 passing with two interceptions and a total of 149 yards on the play.
Ludtke noted a strong game for the offense as well. "The offensive line made it easy for the running backs to open wide holes," he said. "All we had to do was follow the blockers."
Steinbeisser had 20 carries as he led the Concordia rushing attack with 111 of the team's 346 yard total. Ludtke had 90 yards on 12 carries, and Pole added 84 yards on eight carries. Pole completed 9 to 18 passes for 92 yards.
The Cobbers are now 3-0 as they face Macalester Saturday in St. Paul. A win against Macalester would earn Concordia its fourth win of the season.
The Cobbers are favored against Macalester, but the players aren't anticipating
an easy win. "Every week is a tough game, and our goal every week is to
improve," said Ludtke. "We can't take any game
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In Saturdays matches the Cobbers split 1-1 again, for 2-2 in overall tournament play. Concordia eased past Dana in three matches, 15-2, 15-5 and 15-7, but lost 3-1 to host Nebraska Wesleyan, 18-16, 12-15, 15-1 and 15-4, in the final game. Concordias volleyball team is now 4-4 overall and 1-0 in the MIAC.
The Concordia mens cross country season is off to a running start. After only four weeks of practice, the team is setting goals for the conference meet at the end of the season. Our guys are really committed to each other and have high aspirations as a team for the end of the season, said coach Garrick Larson.
The teams goal is to finish in the top seven, realistically, in the
MIAC. Their dream goal is to finish in the top five. Concordia has finished
So far, the teams work towards their goal has included participation in several meets, including one at St. Johns and one at North Dakota. Concordia placed sixth out of eight at St. Johns and fourth out of eight at NDSCS. Despite the low placings, Larson is optimistic about the teams goal.
"They (the team members) have really worked hard in the last four weeks,"
said Larson. "I think in the next two
weeks, the whole team will really
"I didn't run last year, and right now I'm already where I want to be at the end of the season. I hope to continue to get stronger.
"Its important that I peak at the right time at the conference meet and not now at the beginning of the season," he added.
Despite the pride he takes in his individual times, Keating believes the team goal can only be met through a group effort.
"The main thing is we have to get an even group of seven to ten guys
who can push each other at every practice and every race," Keating
said. "Then we'll be better."
Larson is looking forward to watching the
teams performance at the MIAC and believes they will reach their goal.
"By Nov. 1 at the MIAC, I think they will realize they have worked harder
and are more prepared than any other team," he said. "They must believe
in themselves and trust that everyone will run to the edge of their potential."
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