Trine Wins Big Over Olivet in MIAA Football

The Trine Thunder went into their football game on Saturday still hoping for a share of the MIAA league title as they were hosting the Olivet Comets. Trine held up their end of the bargain, as they rolled over the Comets by the score of 49-21. But when the score of the Adrian – Albion was final at 20-19 Adrian, all the Thunder can hope for is a second place finish. Adrian won the title with a perfect 6-0 conference slate.

Players Shaking Hands After the Game

Trine raced out to a 21-7 halftime lead over Olivet, thanks to 2 rushing touchdowns from sophomore running back Austin Shoemaker, and a fumble recovery in the end zone after an errant snap on a punt attempt. It looked to me like John Essex recovered the fumble, but the stats I received say it was Blaek Combs.

The Thunder started quickly in the second half, as they scored on their second play from scrimmage on a 42 yard pass from Ryan Hargraves to JaVontae Hence. Trine would score 3 more TD’s in that second half. Hargraves would scamper in from 12 yards out, Shoemaker added his third score on a 28 yard screen pass, and Charles
Dreessen would pick up a blocked punt, and score from 24 yards out to complete the scoring for the Thunder.

Running back Tyre Alexander scored all three touchdowns for Olivet, on runs of 17, 1, and 4 yards.

Shoemaker gained 63 yards on 15 carries, while Hargraves had 55 yards on 6 carries, Jamil Davis had 44 yards on 5 carries, and Jared Barton had 17 yards on 7 totes.

Hargraves completed 10 of 12 passes for 176 yards, with Hence snaring 3 of those for 101 yards.

Tyler Guzy and Caleb Nitz led the Thunder with 9 tackles each, while Louis Danesi & Tony Miranda each had 6 stops.

Trine will finish the regular season this coming Saturday when they will host Alma College. A win will insure second place all by themselves in the MIAA. It will also be senior day at Shive Field, so come on out and see this fun & exciting team, and also pay tribute to this fine group of senior leaders.

OSU Pulls Off Miraculous Win, Just Like in 2002

Last Saturday was a great day for college football throughout the Midwest, and it was made even better by the fact that my youngest son, Ethan, was able to come home from college for a few days. Even though we weren’t able to see all of the game, we were able to watch the latter stages of the Ohio State game against Purdue.

It was a game that simply put, the Buckeyes just shouldn’t have won. The Boilermakers were in control throughout, and when backup quarterback Kenny Guiton of OSU threw an interception with 2:40 to go, it looked all but over.

I kept thinking at that point about the Ohio State game against Purdue 10 years earlier, late in the 2002 season. That was a game that has come to be known as the “Holy Buckeye” game, because of the phrase that Brent Musburger said when OSU somehow pulled that game from the throes of defeat to one of their greatest victories ever.

O-H-I-O Performed by Some of My Favorite People

Back in 2002, the Buckeyes trailed 6-3, and faced a fourth & 1 at the Boiler 37 yard line, with no timeouts remaining, and just over a minute and half to play. Coach Jim Tressel had called a play that was supposed to be a short pass to the tight end. But when the pocket collapsed, quarterback Craig Krenzel stepped up and lofted a long pass towards Michael Jenkins who was streaking down the middle of the field. Jenkins caught the perfectly thrown ball in stride for the TD, and OSU held on for the 10-6 win. If that play doesn’t work, there is no national championship win over Miami at the end of the season.

Ethan & I both remember what we were doing when that play occurred. We had a DCBBL game at Waterloo Elementary School. We needed to get inside as our game time was quickly approaching, but we listened on the radio as the Krenzel to Jenkins catch unfolded, we hooted & hollered as the TD was scored, then went in to play our game (I was the coach).

So after the Guiton interception, even though all looked lost, I still had these eerie feelings about the 2002 game (sports fans know what I’m talking about). Could history somehow repeat itself? OSU got the ball back with 47 ticks of the clock remaining, and they were trailing by eight at 22-14. Guiton was playing because OSU starter and Heisman Trophy candidate Braxton Miller had been injured earlier in the contest. Guiton quickly connected on a couple of passes that had the Buckeyes facing a situation of having to score from the 2 yard line with under 10 seconds to play. Guiton threw a pass that was “low & outside” to wideout Chris Fields, who went down and cradled it just before it hit the ground. Then a beautifully conceived 2 point conversion pass to the tight end knotted the score with 3 ticks remaining on the clock.

OSU, now with all the momentum, scored first in OT on a short run by Carlos Hyde, and OSU held on to win 29-22. It kept their undefeated season alive in coach Urban Meyer’s first year at the helm.

The Buckeyes travel east today to take on the Penn State Nittany Lions in what a lot of people are calling the “ineligible bowl,” as neither team can take part in a post season bowl game because of NCAA sanctions.

All I know, is that any time the Buckeyes are playing Purdue, I will make sure that Ethan is spending time with us at home.

Trine Drops Volleyball Match to Alma

Dekalb TV Player of the Game, Betsy Irwin

On Saturday afternoon, the Trine Thunder volleyball team welcomed the Alma Scots to Hershey Hall on their beautiful campus in what was the Thunder’s final home match of the season.

Trine came into the match with an overall record of 18-9, and they stood at 9-4 in the MIAA Conference. On top of that, they were coming off of a highly emotional, down-to-the-wire contest the previous evening against league foe, Olivet. The Thunder won that “senior night” match in five games, with the fifth game score being 15-13.

Unfortunately for Trine, they ran into a buzz-saw in the Scots, and Alma won in 3 games by the scores of 25-22, 25-22, and 25-15. With the loss, the Thunder still sit in third place in the league standings, with road matches this week against Calvin College & Hope College to end the regular season. Those 2 schools are “only” a combined 46-4 for the season up to this point.

Senior Betsy Irwin, who hails from Athens, Ohio, had a very nice match for Trine as she contributed a number of nice serves, as well as leading all players with 12 kils. Sarah Radekin led the Thunder with 17 assists, while Darcy Crabtree had 15 digs.

After finishing the regular season this week, Trine will participate in their league tourney, which starts on November 2nd.

Trine Loses Low Scoring Game to Adrian

The Trine Thunder traveled to Adrian, Michigan on Saturday to take on the Adrian Bulldogs in a football game that if they won, they would have sole possession of first place in the MIAA Conference.

As the Coaches Talk to the Team, the Thunder Fans Enduring the Elements

It wasn’t meant to be, as Adrian put 10 points on the board in the second quarter, and they made it stand up, as they defeated Trine by the score of 10-3.

The loss ended a 3 game Thunder winning streak, and now they have to get help if they want to get a chance for a conference title. Adrian now leads the MIAA with a 3-0 league mark, as they now have won 5 games in a row overall.

On the wet rainy afternoon, Trine would drive between the twenties, but the offense would bog down as they neared the red zone. The Thunder would not score until just under 2 minutes remained when Tyler Keck knocked in a 22 yard field goal.

For Trine, Michael Inge rushed 13 times for 58 yards, JaVontae Hence caught 8 passes for 76 yards, and quarterback Ryan Hargraves was 11-18 for 116 yards passing. Myron Puryear, Michael Spears, and Caleb Nitz each had 9 tackles to lead the defense.

The Thunder are off this Saturday, and they return to action on the 27th, as they will travel to Hope College to take on the Dutchmen.

Trine Gets Big Conference Win Over Albion

Saturday was a cool, crisp Autumn day up in Angola, Indiana, on the campus of Trine University. It was Homecoming weekend for the Thunder, as the Albion Britons came charging into town, looking to end Trine’s 2 game football winning streak.

Player of the Game Blaek Combs

As usually occurs right before kickoff, fireworks are set off to help get the crowd going. On this day, major fireworks went off right after kickoff, as just 2 minutes & 9 seconds into the game, the Thunder were sitting on a 14-0 lead.

Twenty-six seconds after the game got underway, senior quarterback Ryan Hargraves, who hails from Taylor, Michigan, made his way into the secondary on an option run over the left side, and he raced 83 yards to paydirt virtually untouched.

Then, when the Britons took over, Trine’s defense got into the act, as they forced a fumble, and another senior, defensive back Myron Puryear II, from Canton, Michigan, scooped up the loose pigskin over along the right sideline, and raced 79 yards for the Thunder’s second touchdown.

From there on out, it was a back and forth tussle, For the remainder of the first half, Trine would get a 4 yard touchdown scamper from Michael Inge, as well as a 32 yard field goal from Tyler Keck on the final play of quarter number 2, and the Thunder went to the lockerroom with a 24-12 lead.

But when Darrin Williams scored for Albion on a 10 yard run early in the fourth, the Trine lead was down to 2 at 24-22. Things were getting a bit antsy for the home team.

Discussing Strategy Late in the Game

The defense for the Thunder would then rise up and take over, keyed by an incredible game from junior defensive back Blaek Combs. Combs, from Rushville, Indiana, seemed to be everywhere, and seemed to be in on every tackle. It was appropriate that on the final play for the Britons, a desperation pass down near the Trine goal line, Combs would be there to pick it off, and seal the game for the Thunder. For his superb effort, Combs was our “Dekalb TV Player of the Game.”

With the victory, the Thunder now stand at 4-2 overall on the season, and more importantly, they sit at 2-0 in the MIAA Conference, going into a very tough road battle next Saturday at Adrian College. Game time is 4:00 pm.

Big Win For the Buckeyes Over the Spartans

Is Another National Title Possible in the Next Few Years?

Up until this point in the college football season, I have been somewhat hesitant to post a story about my beloved Ohio State Buckeyes. Even though the hiring of one of the best college coaches in the country, Urban Meyer, was a great move to get OSU past the final season of the Jim Tressel tenure, I wanted to see a signature win before I began to “chat them up.”

Well, this past Saturday up in East Lansing, Michigan, Meyer & his Buckeyes certainly provided that, as they won a hard fought, physical battle with the Michigan State Spartans by the score of 17-16. It was a win against a tough opponent, on the Spartans home turf no less, that have people starting to say, that yes, the Buckeyes might be back.

OSU dominated at the line of scrimmage. That was in my mind, the key to the game. They held Columbus, Ohio native Le’Veon Bell, one of the nation’s leading rushers, to just 45 yards on 17 carries. His longest run was 8 yards, and more impressive, it was the first time since his freshman season that one of his carries did not result in a first down.

Once again, it was the Braxton Miller show on the offensive side of the ball, as the sophomore had over 300 yards of total offense. His 63 yard scoring strike to Devin Smith in the 3rd quarter gave OSU a 17-13 lead, and the defense would make it stand up the rest of the way.

After wins over Miami of Ohio, UCF, Cal, and UAB, the victory over the Spartans makes the 5-0 start a little more impressive. It doesn’t get any easier though, as Ohio State will come home to host the Nebraska Cornhuskers this Saturday. Nebraska came from 17 down on Saturday to get a win over Wisconsin.

Go Bucks! O-H-I-O!

Trine Loses Volleyball Match to 4th Ranked Hope College

I had the opportunity on Wednesday evening to venture up to Trine University in Angola to cover the Thunder volleyball team, as they would be doing battle with the number 4 ranked Hope College Flying Dutch.

Coach Wozniak Gives Instructions to Her Players

Trine went into this match with a 5-2 MIAA conference record, and a 12-4 record overall. The Flying Dutch were 5-1 in the conference, and 13-2 overall. Hope’s only losses were at the hands of the number 2 & 3 ranked teams in NCAA Division III.

Up until last week, The Thunder were 12-2, with their only 2 losses being to Ohio Northern & Hiram, both non-conference opponents. But then last Friday & Saturday, Trine suffered back-to-back 3 games to none defeats at the hands of MIAA foes Alma & Calvin.

So a win over the highly ranked Flying Dutch would be just what the doctor ordered to “get the house back in order” before they would leave for a tourney in Washington D.C. this weekend.

The first game was a hard fought battle, but Hope would prevail by the score of 25-21. Trine got to 22-21 late in the game, but the Flying Dutch would score the final three points for the victory.

The second game wasn’t nearly as close, as Hope dominated throughout, and they would win by the score of 25-11.

The third game was more of the same, as The Thunder just couldn’t make a sustained run at the tough defense of Hope. The final would be 25-15, and Trine would drop to 5-3 in the conference, and 12-5 overall.

From my perspective, I felt that freshman Lauren Verkamp, as well as senior Betsy Irwin both played well for coach Jamie Wozniak’s Trine squad.

As I stated, The Thunder will be in our Nation’s capital this weekend playing in a tournament against Gallaudet College, Wheaton College, Marymount College, and a yet to be determined opponent.

Trine Dominates Second Half

Dekalb TV Announcers Austin & Bernie

The eventful sports weekend started  Friday night at Dekalb High School covering the DHS varsity football game as they were taking on their NHC foe, the Homestead Spartans. The Barons fought hard, but the Spartans had just too many weapons, and they defeated Dekalb by the score of 44-6.

The Barons only score came on a 6 yard TD pass from Evan Cochran to Dylan Caegle. This coming Friday, Dekalb will travel to Ossian, Indiana to take on the 0-6 Norwell Knights. If you recall, the Barons defeated Norwell last year 14-0, but they ended up having to forfeit that contest because of an ineligible player.

Action During the Dekalb – Homestead Game


The high point was the Trine Thunder ending their 2 game losing streak, as they defeated Taylor University on Saturday afternoon by the score of 28-13.

The Trine Thunder in Angola  trailed at the half of their contest in Angola vs Taylor 10-0. But keyed by the pass catching and punt returns of JaVontae Hence, as well as a punishing running game delivered by Mike Inge, Trine completely dominated the second half to win by that final 15 point margin.

The Thunder will open MIAA conference play this Saturday when they travel to Kalamazoo, Michigan to take on Kalamazoo college. A big thanks to Austin and Ethan for their coverage of the contest.

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Barons & Thunder – Both in Need of a Win

Trine Captains Before a Recent Game

This weekend, the Dekalb Barons, as well as the Trine Thunder, will both be seeking that very elusive second win of their respective football seasons.

The Barons sit at 1-4, while Trine will go into their game at 1-2. Dekalb will be hosting the high-flying Homestead Spartans Friday at 7:00 pm. While the Thunder will host Taylor Saturday at 1:00 pm up in Angola.

Dekalbs’ “Achilles heel” has been the fact that they get down early in the game, and then having to play catch up has proven difficult. They have trailed in the last three games a combined 110-0 at the halves.

Offensively, the Barons have proven that they can move the football, but they have trouble finishing drives. Also, penalties & turnovers have not helped the cause.

Trine’s problems have stemmed from the fact that they are having trouble putting the ball in the end zone. The offense, in what looked to be a real strength going into the season, has sputtered, no more so than in last weeks 13-10 loss to Concordia College up in Wisconsin. The Thunders’ only score came on a blocked punt for a TD.
The week before against Elmhurst College, they scored a TD early, and a TD late, but in between, they gave up 31 points.

If you follow both of these local teams, a win this weekend would certainly fill the bill for both the Barons& the Thunder to get things turned around.

Electrifying Kickoff Return Leads Trine to Season Opening Victory

The Trine University Thunder opened their 2012 football season on Thursday night, as they hosted the Manchester Spartans at Shive Field.

The Thunder Taking the Field

Trine, with 15 starters returning from last season’s 7-3 campaign, were looking to get the season started in a big way against the young Manchester ballclub.

The Spartans had other ideas as they went toe-to-toe with the Thunder throughout the first half. Senior quarterback Ryan Hargraves had given Trine a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter on a 2 yard dash around left end.

That was the only scoring until Austin Adams scored for Manchester on a 4 yard scamper with 3:28 to go in the first half, and the Trine faithful were getting a bit uneasy.

But then, in the blink of an eye, senior return man Myron Puryear, who also doubles as one of the best defensive backs in the country, took the ensuing kickoff, started up the middle, headed for the right sideline, and went untouched 92 yards for the go ahead score, and the Thunder had momentum, as well as control of the game back on their sideline.

Trine added a 39 yard field goal by Tyler Keck right before halftime, and the Thunder had some breathing room as they went to the lockerroom with a 10 point cushion at 17-7.

The Spartans made it interesting, as they scored in the 4th quarter to pull within 3 at 17-14, but another short touchdown jaunt by Hargraves sealed the deal for the Thunder.

As you look back and analyze everything that transpired during the contest, in my mind, it was certainly the Puryear kickoff return that changed the fortunes of both teams on this night, and gave Coach Matt Land and his Trine Thunder another season opening W.