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GAME DAY PREVIEW Presented by Deerwood Bank Today’s Matchup: Saint John’s built a 14-0 lead but came up empty on two drives inside Gustavus’ 10-yard line in the second half in a 38-35 loss last Saturday in St. Peter. GAC completed a 43-yard Hail Mary for a touchdown on the last play of the first half and the game’s final score was nearly an SJU interception, but turned into a 49-yard catch-and-run. The Johnnies forced three turnovers, including a 59-yard interception return for a touchdown from freshman cornerback Peyton Goettlicher, but the Gusties passed for 353 yards and finished 8-for-15 on third down (2-for-2 on fourth down). Senior wide receiver Nick VanErp finished with seven catches for 105 yards - his third 100-yard receiving game of the season - and two touchdowns. St. Scholastica, like SJU, jumped out to a 14-0 lead last Saturday at Carleton, but the host Knights answered with 28-straight points en route to a 42-21 win. Carleton out-gained CSS 427-262 and held the Saints to a 7-for-20 showing on third down. Quarterback Donald West was 16 of 33 passing for 156 yards and a touchdown, and rushed for 13 yards and another score. Wideout Ricky Weber caught seven of West’s passes for 86 yards and a touchdown, his 10th of the season.

Rare Loss: Last Saturday’s loss at Gustavus was SJU’s first during the month of October under the direction of head coach Gary Fasching ‘81 - who now has a 37-1 record in the month leading up to Halloween - and just the second to the Gusties this century. SJU has won 23 of the last 25 meetings with GAC (33 of the last 36). The defeat was also SJU’s second - a 40-2 record - when the Johnnies forced three turnovers or more in a game since 2013. Saint John’s has a 50-8 record since the 2018 season - seven of the eight losses were decided by four points or less. Series History: Today’s game is the sixth meeting between Saint John’s and St. Scholastica on the gridiron, and the fifth here in Collegeville. The Johnnies swept a two-game home series in 2016 (49-7) and 2017 (98-0), and prevailed 35-7 score in the first meeting -a first-round game in the 2014 NCAA Division III playoffs. SJU posted an 81-0 win in the first conference game as MIAC members in 2021 and tallied a 56-6 victory last fall in the series’ first meeting in Duluth. Climbing the Charts: Senior quarterback Aaron Syverson finished 20 of 36 passing for 270 yards and three touchdowns (to one interception) in last weekend’s loss at Gustavus. The performance enabled him


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to pass Ryan Keating ‘03 (552) for third in program history in career pass completions with 571 and Tom Linnemann ‘00 (79) for fourth in passing touchdowns with 80. Syverson is also five pass attempts behind Keating in fourth with 876. SJU’s TE Leader: Saint John’s football’s all-time leader in receptions (149) and receiving touchdowns (26) by a tight end, senior Alex Larson eclipsed the final career mark for the position last weekend. He caught five passes for 58 yards, which lifted him past Nate Kirschner ‘00 (1,749 yards) with 1,784. Another Big Play from VanErp: VanErp now has a reception of 35 yards or more in each of the six games he has played this season, all for VanErp touchdowns: 70-yard touchdown (Sept. 2 vs. Trinity, Texas); 74-yard touchdown (Sept. 23 vs. Bethel); 64-yard touchdown (Sept. 30 at Augsburg); 40-yard touchdown (Oct. 7 vs. Concordia); 37-yard touchdown (Oct. 14 vs. Carleton); and 45-yard touchdown (Oct. 21 at Gustavus). He averages 17.1 yards per catch in his career (99 receptions for 1,697 yards and 15 touchdowns).

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Day of Champions The 2022-23 school year was another successful one for the Saint John’s University athletic department. For the second year in a row, and the 16th time since 1968-69, SJU captured the MIAC’s George Durenberger AllSports Trophy, which is named in honor of long-time SJU athletic director George Durenberger ‘28. The Johnnies won conference regularseason titles in three sports (football, golf and outdoor track and field), while finishing second in five (cross country, basketball, swimming and diving, indoor track and field and baseball) and third (hockey) in one more. SJU finished the school year with a total of 92 points. Gustavus Adolphus was second with 74.5, St. Olaf was third with 70.5 and Bethel and Carleton tied for fourth with 69.

Today, we honor the Johnnie teams and individuals who won MIAC titles during 2022-23: Football - The 2022 SJU football team finished 7-1 in MIAC play and 10-2 overall, beating Bethel 28-10 in the conference

title game in Collegeville. The Johnnies have now won both of the first two MIAC championship games. SJU advanced to the NCAA Division III playoffs for a program-record eighthstraight season. Defensive linemen Michael Wozniak and Metoriah Faoliu and tight end Alex Larson earned All-American honors. Golf - SJU entered the final round of the 2022 MIAC Championships trailing firstplace Bethel by 10 shots. But five Johnnies combined for seven birdies and an eagle to go eight-under-par over the first four holes. In the end, SJU captured the team title with a score of 285. The Royals were second with a score of 308. Junior Nate Loxtercamp finished with a six-under-par score of 210 to become the 13th Johnnie player to earn MIAC medalist honors. Sophomore Andrew Boemer was third (218), junior Sam Berger was fourth (219), junior Blake Schuler tied for eighth (223) and senior Thomas Gutzmer finished tied for 16th (227). SJU earned the MIAC’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division III national meet last May where the Johnnies finished fifth overall, the program’s best showing at nationals in 12 years. Outdoor track and field - For the secondstraight year, the SJU track and field team claimed the MIAC men’s outdoor title. The Johnnies finished with 216 points at the conference meet, which was held at Bethel.

St. Olaf was second with a score of 176. Eight SJU athletes or relay teams won individual championships. Senior Kevin Arthur won both the 100 and 200-meter dash for the second-straight year, recording times of 10.46 seconds and 21.10 seconds respectively. Senior Brett Hague won his second-straight outdoor title in the javelin (64.14 meters) and junior Joe Charbonneau won the pole vault (4.60 meters), also for the second year in a row. In addition, sophomore Nathan Clausing won the 800 run (1:54.80) and freshman Zach Schaffer won the long jump (6.98 meters). The Johnnie 4X100 relay team (Emanuel Popoca, Arthur, Brady Labine, Caden Wheeler) won its event in a time of 41.11 seconds while the SJU 4X800 relay (Riley Berg, Owen Montreuil, Nick St. Peter, Carter Grove) finished first in a time of 7:48.82. Other SJU athletes who won individual conference titles during the 2022-23 school year were: Swimming and diving - Liam Noble (100 backstroke, 51 seconds), Jack Grabinski (1-meter diving, 503.85) and Eli Grabinski (3-meter diving, 476.10). Indoor track and field - Joe Charbonneau (pole vault, 4.91 meters), Zach Schaffer (long jump, 6.70 meters).



MIAC UPDATE Presented by Northwestern Mutual

Current MIAC Standings Northwoods Division Division Gustavus 2-0 Carleton 2-1 Saint John’s 1-1 St. Olaf 1-1 St. Scholastica 0-3

Sept. 2 Sept. 9 Sept. 16 Sept. 30 Oct. 7 Oct. 14 Oct. 21 Oct. 28 Nov. 4 Nov. 11

Sept. 9 Sept. 16 Sept. 23 Sept. 30 Oct. 7 Oct. 14 Oct. 21 Oct. 28 Nov. 4 Nov. 11

MIAC 3-2 4-1 4-1 3-2 1-4

Trinity University Tigers

Overall 4-3 6-1 5-2 4-3 2-5

Skyline Division Bethel Concordia Augsburg Macalester Hamline

Head Coach: Jerheme Urban 2023 Record: 6-1 2023 SAA Record: 5-0

Division 3-0 2-0 1-1 0-2 0-3

MIAC 4-1 3-2 3-2 0-5 0-5

Overall 5-2 4-3 5-2 2-5 2-5

Sept. 2 Sept. 9 Sept. 16 Sept. 23 Sept. 30 Oct. 7 Oct. 21 Oct. 28 Nov. 4 Nov. 11

at Saint John’s L, 31-34 (OT) Mary Hardin-Baylor, Texas W, 35-16 at Birmingham-Southern, Ala. W, 38-3 Rhodes, Tenn. W, 63-14 at Berry, Ga. W, 46-37 Centre, Ky. W, 31-3 at Southwestern, Texas W, 57-7 Millsaps, Miss. 12 p.m. at Sewanee, Tenn. 12 p.m. Hendrix, Ark. 12 p.m.

University of WisconsinWhitewater Warhawks

Bethel University Royals

Augsburg University Auggies

Concordia College Cobbers

Head Coach: Jace Rindahl 2023 Record: 6-1 2023 WIAC Record: 3-1

Head Coach: Steve Johnson 2023 Record: 5-2 2023 MIAC Record: 4-1

Head Coach: Derrin Lamker 2023 Record: 5-2 2023 MIAC Record: 3-2

Head Coach: Terry Horan 2023 Record: 4-3 2023 MIAC Record: 3-2

at John Carroll, Ohio W, 27-23 Saint John’s W, 56-28 at Mary Hardin-Baylor, Texas W, 17-14 at UW-Oshkosh W, 37-21 UW-La Crosse L, 34-37 at UW-River Falls W, 21-14 UW-Stout W, 37-20 UW-Platteville 1 p.m. at UW-Stevens Point 1 p.m. UW-Eau Claire 1 p.m.

Sept. 9 Sept. 16 Sept. 23 Sept. 30 Oct. 7 Oct. 14 Oct. 21 Oct. 28 Nov. 4 Nov. 11

Wartburg, Iowa at UW-Eau Claire at Saint John’s Gustavus Adolphus at Macalester at Augsburg Hamline at Carleton Concordia MIAC Week

L, 2-16 W, 24-0 L, 7-27 W, 37-28 W, 49-14 W, 38-7 W, 49-7 1 p.m. 1 p.m. 1 p.m.

Sept. 1 Sept. 16 Sept. 23 Sept. 30 Oct. 7 Oct. 14 Oct. 21 Oct. 28 Nov. 4 Nov. 11

Northwestern Martin Luther at Gustavus Adolphus Saint John’s at Hamline Bethel at St. Olaf Concordia at Macalester MIAC Week

W, 52-10 W, 62-0 W, 33-31 L, 24-27 W, 41-7 L, 7-38 W, 56-36 1 p.m. 1 p.m. 1 p.m.

Sept.2 Sept. 9 Sept. 23 Sept. 30 Oct. 7 Oct. 14 Oct. 21 Oct. 28 Nov. 4 Nov. 11

at UW-Eau Claire L, 28-31 Pacific Lutheran, Wash. W, 26-21 at St. Scholastica W, 49-16 Carleton L, 35-36 at Saint John’s L, 23-42 Hamline W, 58-14 Macalester W, 49-8 at Augsburg 1 p.m. at Bethel 1 p.m. MIAC Week 1 p.m.

Carleton College Knights

Gustavus Adolphus College Gusties

College of St. Scholastica Saints

St. Olaf College Oles

Head Coach: Tom Journell 2023 Record: 6-1 2023 MIAC Record: 4-1

Head Coach: Peter Haugen 2023 Record: 4-3 2023 MIAC Record: 3-2

Head Coach: Mike Heffernan 2023 Record: 2-5 2023 MIAC Record: 1-4

Head Coach: James Kilian 2023 Record: 4-3 2023 MIAC Record: 3-2

Pomona-Pitzer (Calif.) at Minnesota-Morris Hamline at Concordia St. Olaf at Saint John’s St. Scholastica Bethel at Gustavus Adolphus at MIAC Week

W, 45-24 W, 38-12 W, 31-27 W, 36-35 W, 33-31 L, 7-63 W, 42-21 1 p.m. 1 p.m. 1 p.m.

Sept. 2 Sept. 16 Sept. 23 Sept. 30 Oct. 7 Oct. 14 Oct. 21 Oct. 28 Nov. 4 Nov. 11

Buena Vista, Iowa at UW-Stout Augsburg at Bethel at St. Scholastica Macalester Saint John’s at St. Olaf Carleton at MIAC Week

W, 51-7 L, 7-24 L, 31-33 L, 28-37 W, 63-12 W, 55-18 W, 38-35 1 p.m. 1 p.m. 1 p.m.

Sept. 9 Sept. 16 Sept. 23 Sept. 30 Oct. 7 Oct. 14 Oct. 21 Oct. 28 Nov. 4 Nov. 11

at Rockford (Ill.) Crown Concordia at Macalester Gustavus Adolphus St. Olaf at Carleton at Saint John’s Hamline at MIAC Week

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L, 37-38 W, 38-18 L, 16-49 W, 23-17 L, 12-63 L, 17-37 L, 21-42 1 p.m. 1 p.m. 1 p.m.

Sept. 2 Sept. 9 Sept. 23 Sept. 30 Oct. 7 Oct. 14 Oct. 21 Oct. 28 Nov. 4 Nov. 11

Central (Iowa) at Luther (Iowa) Macalester at Hamline at Carleton at St. Scholastica Augsburg Gustavus Adolphus Saint John’s at MIAC Week

L, 24-34 W, 52-21 W, 38-13 W, 49-25 L, 31-33 W, 37-17 L, 36-56 1 p.m. 1 p.m. 1 p.m.

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In 1982, the Johnnies went 9-0 in the regular season and have had a winning record ever since.

Coincidence? We think NOT!

Coaching Staff GARY FASCHING It’s never easy to replace a legend, but Gary Fasching has proven himself up to the task. The 1981 SJU graduate took over for John Gagliardi when the winningest coach in college football history retired following the 2012 season. Since that time, Fasching has guided the Johnnies to five MIAC titles and has led his team to the NCAA Division III playoffs in each of the past eight seasons a program and MIAC record streak. A three-year starter for the Johnnies at linebacker (1977-78, 1980-81), Fasching served 17 years as an assistant football

coach and recruiting coordinator on Gagliardi’s staff before taking over as head coach. He has since been named MIAC coach of the year six times (2014, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021 and 2022). Prior to coming to SJU, Fasching was the head coach at St. Cloud Cathedral High School from 1986-95, leading the Crusaders to back-to-back state titles in 1992 and ’93. In 2022, he was inducted into both the Minnesota Football Coaches Association (MFCA) Hall of Fame and the St. Cloud Cathedral Athletic Hall of Fame. He and his wife Cindy reside in St. Joseph.



Defensive coordinator Jerry Haugen is in his 48th season as an assistant football coach for the Johnnies. Prior to that, the 1976 SJU graduate was a four-year starter who earned All-MIAC honors at defensive back in 1975. After helping lead the Johnnies to a national title in 2003, Haugen was named NCAA Division III defensive coordinator of the year by American Football Monthly. He will also start his 47th season as SJU’s head baseball coach in 2024 and has led the Johnnies to 13 consecutive appearances in the MIAC Tournament.

KOLE HECKENDORF Kole Heckendorf is in his sixth season as SJU’s offensive coordinator and his 11th as a member of the team’s coaching staff. In 2019, his offense set program records by averaging 371.4 passing yards and 512.9 total yards per game. Heckendorf was a standout wide receiver at North Dakota State, who ended his career (2005-08) with the Bison as the program’s career leader in catches (178) and receiving yards (2,732). He then spent time with the NFL’s Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions, Seattle Seahawks, San Diego (now Los Angeles) Chargers and Indianapolis Colts.

Brandon Novak is in his 24th season as an assistant coach for the Johnnies and currently serves as co-defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach. The 2001 SJU graduate was a two-time All-American selection at linebacker who earned MIAC MVP honors in 1999. He was a three-time All-American wrestler and won the NCAA Division III national championship at 197 pounds in 2001. He went on to coach the Johnnie wrestling team for 10 years before stepping down following the 2013-14 season.

DAMIEN DUMONCEAUX Damien Dumonceaux is in his 18th season on the SJU coaching staff and currently serves as the program’s recruiting coordinator and defensive line coach. He was a three-year starter at nose tackle for the Johnnies from 2003-05, earning All-American honors as a senior. That season, he was also named Football Gazette’s Defensive Lineman of the Year and D3football. com’s Defensive Player of the Year, while receiving the MIAC Mike Stam Award as the conference’s top lineman.

Josh Bungum (running backs) - A 2016 SJU graduate, Josh Bungum is in his eighth season on the coaching staff. He was an All-American pick as a player in 2015 and finished his career second in program history in receptions.

Graydon Kulick (quarterbacks) - A 2021 graduate of SJU, Graydon Kulick is in his first season on the coaching staff. He played at Davidson and Western Kentucky before transferring to play for the Johnnies.

Andy Auger (defense) - A 1995 SJU graduate, Andy Auger is in his fifth season as a volunteer assistant. Prior to that, the former football and baseball standout for the Johnnies was head football coach at St. Cloud Cathedral from 2013-15.

Mike Magnuson (offensive line) - A 1990 SJU graduate, Mike Magnuson is in his ninth season on the coaching staff and his sixth coaching the team’s offensive lineman. He was a three-year starter for the Johnnies at offensive tackle himself, helping lead the team to two NCAA Division III playoff appearances.

Max Jackson (defensive assistant/diversity and student success) - A 2019 SJU graduate, Max Jackson is in his third season on the coaching staff. He was a two-time All-American safety and a two-time All-MIAC pick in baseball.

Tom Wicka (linebackers) - A 1990 SJU graduate, Tom Wicka is in his second season as a volunteer assistant. He was a two-time All-MIAC pick at linebacker at SJU.

Ben Eli (offensive line) - A 2016 SJU graduate, Ben Eli is in his seventh season on the coaching staff. As a player, he was an All-American selection at center.

Collin Franz (defensive line) - A 2021 SJU graduate, Collin Franz is in his second season on the coaching staff. He started all 12 games for the Johnnies as player in 2021 (utilizing his extra year of eligibility).

Alexi Johnson (kickers) - A 2017 SJU graduate, Alexi Johnson is in his sixth season as a volunteer assistant. He was the Johnnies’ kicker from 201316, ending his career second in school history in career field goals (27) and career PAT’s (190).


JOE ROSSEBO Defensive End Rossebo, a 5-foot-11, 215-pound graduate of Woodbury High School. “My uncle was an old Johnnie and he always talked about how awesome his time here was. “I visited during the (St. Thomas) game in 2018. It was so much fun. I loved the atmosphere. I loved the crowd. I was sold.” The experience wasn’t that much different for senior outside linebacker Mateo Cisneros.

Love at first sight. That’s what Joe Rossebo felt the first time the senior defensive end visited Saint John’s University. “As soon as I came over the bridge to get on campus, I knew this was where I’d be coming,” said

Both Rossebo and Cisneros have figured prominently into the Johnnies’ defensive efforts this season. Each player has played in all seven games. Rossebo, who moved from linebacker to defensive end midway through last season, has 16 tackles, including one for a loss, and a team-best two fumble recoveries. Cisneros, who started at safety last season, has tackles, including one sack.

The Mounds View High School graduate played American Legion baseball for SJU volunteer assistant baseball coach Scott Becker, a member of the Johnnies’ 1976 Division III national championship football team and the 2023 winner of the Fr. Walter Reger Distinguished Alumnus Award – the highest honor bestowed by the SJU Alumni Association for service to alma mater.

“We moved him to outside linebacker and he’s really helped solidify that spot for us,” SJU head coach Gary Fasching said. “We’re using him in our nickel package and that’s really an important spot with how often teams are throwing the ball. The pleasant surprise has been the way he’s been able to come hard on the blitz. He’s been able to get to the quarterback a few times.”

It was Becker who first encouraged him to give SJU a look.

“(Rossebo) has done a great job for us too,” Fasching continued. “We felt like we needed some help with our depth on the defensive line, so we asked him to move last year. That meant he had to get used to playing from a stance. Not everyone can do that. But he picked things up really fast and he’s been a big part of our rotation defensively this season.”

“My mom said she knew I was coming here from the first time we visited,” the 5-11, 195-pound Cisneros said. “I loved the beauty of the campus and the community atmosphere. This is a place where everyone knows everyone else and I love that.”

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MATEO CISNEROS Outside Linebacker next season with the extra year of eligibility the NCAA granted all studentathletes as a result of COVID-19. He has not decided whether to do so. But his eventual plan is to attend school to become a physician assistant -- perhaps working in sports medicine. “I love science and I’ve always wanted to work with athletes and work in sports,” said Cisneros, who studied abroad in Australia last spring. “This seems like the perfect combination.” Rossebo, who already is using his fifth season this year, is a Hispanic Studies major with a pre-physical therapy emphasis. He will graduate after this semester and plans to eventually go to PT school. Before that, though, he will spend six months teaching English in Guatemala as part of the Saint John’s Abbey’s Benedictine Volunteer Corps. “I always work out in the mornings and Br. Paul (Richards, who founded the BVC in 2003) is usually in there,” said Rossebo, who took up playing guitar last January.

super peaceful there. I learned a lot about Catholicism and the Abbey. “I love what this program has to offer. I really want to be part of going out and trying to help in the world any way I can.” First, though, both players say they hope the Johnnies can still find a way to another MIAC title and make a run in the NCAA Division III playoffs. “That’s the goal,” Cisneros said. “I think we’ve started to figure some things out defensively as the season has gone along. We want to be playing our best as we get to the end of the regular season.” “We’re definitely melding as a defense and finding our groove,” Rossebo added. “I feel like the chemistry with our team as a whole is the best it’s been in my time here.”

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Tradition Unrivaled On the basis of on-field accomplishments alone, the Saint John’s University football team ranks among the nation’s elite.

Through the years, the Johnnies have won four national championships at either the NAIA or NCAA Division III level (1963, 1965, 1976 and 2003), and have made 32 postseason appearances. SJU has won or shared 36 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles, 14 more than any other member school, and the program’s current streak of eightstraight Division III playoff berths has surpassed its own conference record. Four Johnnies have won the Gagliardi Award, named in honor of legendary former SJU head coach John Gagliardi and handed out annually to the top player in Division III, and the program can boast 147 All-Americans and 35 Academic All-Americans. But what makes football at Saint John’s special goes well beyond even all those numbers. During his 60 seasons in Collegeville, Gagliardi – whose 489 career victories are the most in college football history – developed his famous list of Nos which still form the program’s core values.


That list - which includes no whistles, no tackling in practice (players wear shorts/ sweats and shoulder pads) and no blocking sleds or tackling dummies - has drawn national media interest over the years from venerable outlets such as Sports Illustrated, the New York Times, the Today Show and many, many others.

Then there is the atmosphere … Johnnie home games are truly an autumn playground: the vivid fall colors blazing from the trees in the woods surrounding the natural bowl that forms Clemens Stadium, the smoke rising from the grills behind the concession stands (home to the uniquely incredible heavenly apples) and, of course, the crowds.









SJU consistently ranks among the national leaders in attendance at the NCAA Division III level and has led the way 11 times since 2005. Since the 2001 season, the program has recorded a single-game attendance number of 10,000 or more 21 times.


That included a record crowd of 17,327 for a matchup against St. Thomas in 2015, a game preceded by a live broadcast of ESPN’s “Sports Center on the Road” program.


Last season alone saw crowds of 12,462 and 13,161 for matchups against Wisconsin-Whitewater and Gustavus respectively. Add it all up and you have something beyond amazing.

You have … a Tradition Unrivaled.


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Hometown/High School New Prague, Minn./New Prague Lakeville, Minn./North Blaine, Minn./Totino-Grace Chaska, Minn./Chaska Rice, Minn./Sauk Rapids-Rice North Oaks, Minn./Totino-Grace New London, Minn./New London-Spicer Omaha, Neb./Millard West St. Cloud, Minn./Tech Rosemount, Minn./Rosemount Circle Pines, Minn./Hill-Murray Hudson, Wis./Hill-Murray Chaska, Minn./Chaska Scandia, Minn./Forest Lake New Hope, Minn./Robbinsdale Armstrong Elko, Minn./New Prague Esko, Minn./Esko Andover, Minn./Andover Minneapolis, Minn./St. Thomas Academy Lakeville, Minn./North Bermuda Dunes, Calif./Shadow Hills Woodbury, Minn./Woodbury Geneva, Ill./Geneva Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie St. Michael, Minn./St. Michael-Albertville St. Anthony, Minn./St. Anthony Village Rogers, Minn./Rogers Ewa Beach, Hawaii/Radford Scandia, Minn./Forest Lake Eagan, Minn./Eastview Blaine, Minn./Blaine South St. Paul, Minn./Cretin-Derham Hall Grosse Pointe Park, Mich./Grosse Pointe South

St. Cloud, Minn./Tech Long Lake, Minn./Orono St. Bonifacius, Minn./Waconia Lakeville, Minn./North St. Cloud, Minn./Cathedral Stillwater, Minn./St. Croix Prep Marshall, Minn./Marshall Plymouth, Minn./Robbinsdale Armstrong Medina, Minn./Orono Inver Grove Hts., Minn./Cretin-Derham Hall Longmont, Colo./Niwot Morristown, Minn./Bethlehem Academy West Des Moines, Iowa/Dowling Catholic

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Ht. Wt. 6-4 240 5-10 200 6-0 215 6-1 210 5-11 190 6-0 210 5-11 190 5-10 185 5-11 195 5-10 180 6-0 195 6-4 180 5-11 185 6-2 210 6-0 190 5-10 170 6-1 190 6-1 195 6-2 185 5-10 205 6-2 205 5-10 225 6-0 200 6-1 215 6-3 200 6-0 175 5-11 210 6-2 200 5-11 175 5-11 200 5-10 175 6-1 180 6-0 180 5-11 220 5-9 205 5-10 180 6-0 225 5-10 185 6-4 200 5-10 170 6-2 210 6-3 210 5-11 205 6-0 170 6-1 230 6-0 200 5-11 200 6-0 215

Hometown/High School Hugo, Minn./Cretin-Derham Hall Eagle River, Alaska/Eagle River Breckenridge, Minn./Breckenridge Hugo, Minn./Totino-Grace St. Paul, Minn./Roseville Area Waseca, Minn./Waseca Mankato, Minn./West Sartell, Minn./St. Cloud Cathedral Shoreview, Minn./Mounds View Inver Grove Heights, Minn./Simley Independence, Minn./Orono St. Michael, Minn./St. Michael-Albertville St. Cloud, Minn./Tech Rice, Minn./Sauk Rapids-Rice Circle Pines, Minn./Centennial Waconia, Minn./Waconia Immokalee, Fla./Immokalee Sartell, Minn./Sartell-St. Stephen Bloomington, Minn./Edina St. Paul, Minn./Cretin-Derham Hall Avon, Minn./Albany St. Anthony, Minn./St. Anthony Village Maple Grove, Minn./Breck Maple Grove, Minn./Maple Grove Minnetonka, Minn./Hopkins Chaska, Minn./Holy Family Catholic Stillwater, Minn./Stillwater Area Farmington, Minn./Farmington North Branch, Minn./Chisago Lakes St. Paul, Minn./Cretin-Derham Hall Avon, Minn./Albany Savage, Minn./Prior Lake Lake Elsinore, Calif./Linfield Christian Woodbury, Minn./Tartan Dassel, Minn./Dassel-Cokato Bloomington, Minn./Jefferson Shoreview, Minn./Mounds View Boulder, Colo./Boulder St. Joseph, Minn./St. Cloud Cathedral Waconia, Minn./Waconia St. Louis Park, Minn./St. Louis Park Sauk Rapids, Minn./Sauk Rapids-Rice Dayton, Minn./Champlin Park St. Joseph, Minn./St. Cloud Cathedral Osakis, Minn./Osakis Huson, Mont./Frenchtown Cold Spring, Minn./Rocori Brooklyn Park, Minn./Champlin Park

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Wt. 225 235 205 180 215 220 220 200 190 225 180 230 200 255 250 215 255 220 205 175 235 240 230 230 235 260 265 215 230 250 220 235 245 220 240 230 255 245 235 220 230 260 245 235

Hometown/High School Apple Valley, Minn./Eastview Lakeville, Minn./North Otsego, Minn./Rogers Sarasota, Fla./Booker Woodbury, Minn./Woodbury Mahtomedi, Minn./Mahtomedi Mahtomedi, Minn./Mahtomedi Dubuque, Iowa/Wahlert St. Louis Park, Minn./St. Louis Park Mahtomedi, Minn./Mahtomedi New Prague, Minn./New Prague Luck, Wis./Luck Stillwater, Minn./Stillwater Area Ewa Beach, Hawaii/Radford Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta Lino Lakes, Minn./Centennial Rice Lake, Wis./Rice Lake Bayport, Minn./Stillwater Area Duluth, Minn./East Cokato, Minn./Dassel-Cokato Millington, Tenn./Central Sartell, Minn./Sartell-St. Stephen South St. Paul, Minn./South St. Paul Minneapolis, Minn./Totino-Grace Littleton, Colo./Mullen Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta Ridgeland, Wis./Menomonie La Porte, Ind./La Porte Hugo, Minn./Cretin-Derham Hall Otsego, Minn./Rogers Daphne, Ala./Daphne Chanhassen, Minn./Holy Family Catholic Rochester, Minn./Lourdes Tomball, Texas/The John Cooper School Belle Plaine, Minn./Chanhassen Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta Andover, Minn./Andover Orange, Calif./Villa Park Baxter, Minn./Brainerd Stillwater, Minn./Hill-Murray Faribault, Minn./Bethlehem Academy Lino Lakes, Minn./Centennial Otsego, Minn./Rogers Esko, Minn./Esko

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Ht. Wt. Hometown/High School 6-0 182 Little Canada, Minn./Concordia Academy 5-9 186 Bowlus, Minn./Royalton 6-0 170 Chetek, Wis./Chetek-Weyerhaeuser 5-11 168 Woodbury, Minn./Woodbury 6-3 229 St. Paul, Minn./Woodbury 5-10 198 Rosemount, Minn./Rosemount 5-11 185 Wesley Chapel, Fla./Cypress Creek 5-9 142 Tampa, Fla./Cypress Creek 6-2 172 Tampa, Fla./Cypress Creek 5-9 190 St. Paul, Minn./Humboldt 6-2 220 Superior, Wis./Superior 6-1 231 St. Paul, Minn./Roseville Area 6-0 190 Rockford, Minn./Providence Academy 5-7 180 Maplewood, Minn./North St. Paul 6-4 220 Duluth, Minn./East 5-10 165 Albany, Minn./Albany 6-3 195 Aitkin, Minn./Aitkin 5-10 185 Deer River, Minn./Deer River 5-11 205 Burnsville, Minn./Burnsville 5-8 152 St. Cloud, Minn./Apollo 6-5 180 South Range, Wis./Northwestern 5-8 194 Stillwater, Minn./Stillwater Area 5-10 190 Hermantown, Minn./Hermantown 5-7 180 Lake Elmo, Minn./Stillwater Area 5-10 167 Albertville, Minn./St. Michael-Albertville 5-10 185 Houston, Texas/Cesar Chavez 6-1 216 Grand Rapids, Minn./Grand Rapids 5-8 195 Waseca, Minn./Waseca 5-7 150 Barnesville, Minn./Barnesville 5-6 185 Maplewood, Minn./Concordia Academy 5-9 173 Berlin, Wis./Berlin 6-3 172 West St. Paul, Minn./Two Rivers 5-8 186 St. Francis, Minn./St. Francis 5-10 191 Owatonna, Minn./Medford 6-3 175 Cloquet, Minn./Cloquet 6-0 155 Red Wing, Minn./Red Wing 5-8 150 St. Paul, Minn./Central 5-10 198 Deer River, Minn./Deer River 6-1 212 Bloomington, Minn./Jefferson 5-7 220 Melrose, Minn./Melrose Area 6-0 201 Embarrass, Minn./Mesabi East

No. Name 48 Rhett Mundt 49 Braden Peterson 50 Monty Wilson 51 Max Mills 52 Kaige Koetter 53 Riley Vang 54 Cody Schneider 55 Henry Eilefson 56 Austin Novotny 57 Nolan Arneson 58 DJ Woelber 59 Brady Schlaak 62 John Lassila 63 Ethan Yantes 64 Leo Dush 66 Layne Werk 68 Tyler Olson 69 Donte Kanatzer 75 Javon Hannah 76 Max Lemke 77 Sean Cheatwood 80 Connor Donovan 81 Wyatt Anton 82 Liu Newland 83 Bryn Gouker 86 Ricky Weber 87 Colton Hubly 88 Riley Busch 90 Chris Rachner 91 John Lomen 93 Nathan Miller 97 McCarter Kirksey 98 Adrian Martin

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Ht. Wt. Hometown/High School 6-0 215 Deer River, Minn./Deer River 6-0 211 Maple Lake, Minn./Maple Lake 6-3 26- River Falls, Wis./River Falls 5-11 205 St. Paul, Minn./Central 6-0 170 Lewiston, Minn./Lewiston-Altura 6-0 190 Lake Elmo, Minn./St. Croix Prep 6-2 280 Plainview, Minn./Plainview-Elgin-Millville 6-3 220 New Brighton, Minn./Irondale 5-10 210 Roseville, Minn./Roseville Area 6-1 245 Brooklyn Park, Minn./Park Center 5-11 205 Hayward, Wis./Hayward 6-10 330 Hollandale, Minn./N.R.H.E.G 6-1 260 Elk River, Minn./Elk River 6-1 330 St. Michael, Minn./St. Michael-Albertville 6-3 240 Minneapolis, Minn./Washburn 6-1 215 Anoka, Minn./Anoka 6-0 265 Little Falls, Minn./Little Falls 6-1 340 Minneapolis, Minn./North 6-0 265 Eagan, Minn./Eagan 6-3 290 Brooklyn Park, Minn./Park Center 6-3 260 Tampa, Fla./Cypress Creek 5-10 167 Maple Plain, Minn./Watertown-Mayer 6-0 175 Siren, Wis./Siren 6-2 185 Duluth, Minn./Denfeld 6-0 182 St. Croix Falls, Minn./St. Croix Falls 6-5 215 Roseville, Minn./Roseville Area 5-10 180 Blue Earth, Minn./Blue Earth Area 6-1 200 Mountain Iron, Minn./Mountain Iron-Buhl 5-8 215 New Richmond, Wis./New Richmond 5-10 203 Stillwater, Minn./Stillwater 6-2 227 Rochester, Minn./Century 5-11 250 Osakis, Minn./Osakis 6-0 220 New Orleans, La./John Curtis Christian

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Football Facilities CLEMENS STADIUM

From the start, those in charge of developing the space now known as Clemens Stadium had something majestic in mind. So they set about turning a former cranberry bog into a natural bowl stadium that has been the home of Saint John’s University football for 115 years. Ringed by the gorgeous fall colors of the surrounding Central Minnesota woods, the field has long become a destination spot, a status only solidified when Sports Illustrated named it one of college football’s top 10 “Dream Destinations” in 1999. The facility itself has expanded often over the years. Concrete seating was added in 1933 and expanded in 1957. The familiar stone entrance behind the south end zone was built in 1939 and the first press box and concession stand were erected four years later. In 1997, local philanthropist Bill Clemens – the man for whom the stadium is named -- provided a million-dollar donation that allowed for construction of a new grandstand, an expanded press box, larger concession stands and restrooms and a new entrance. Another donation by Clemens, who attended SJU from 193840, made possible the installation of an artificial playing surface in 2002.

A third tier to the press box was added in 2009 and lights were installed in 2012.

from more than 50 individual donors many of whom were former players.

Meanwhile, large crowds have been commonplace. SJU has finished among the national leaders in per-game attendance in NCAA Division III in each of the last 20 seasons – including crowds of 10,000 or more 21 times since 2001.

The artificial turf field has markings for a full-length football field, lacrosse, rugby, soccer, two cross-court soccer fields, baseball and softball, along with three batting cages when the Skalicky Dome goes up from October to April each academic year.

That included a facility-record 17,327 for a matchup against St. Thomas on Sept. 26, 2015 – a day in which ESPN’s “Sports Center On the Road” program was broadcast live from the stadium, and a crowd of 13,107 on hand to see legendary former coach John Gagliardi become the winningest coach in college football history when SJU beat Bethel 29-26 on Nov. 8, 2003.

It’s a year-round home for intramural sports on campus, but also serves as a practice facility for the football team and other varsity sports.

MCGLYNN FITNESS CENTER GAGLIARDI FIELD A big part of the success of the Saint John’s University football program over the years has been the way players of the past helped pave the way for players of the present and future. The Gagliardi Field and Seasonal Dome complex is a perfect example of that sense of community. Named in honor of legendary former football coach John Gagliardi - the winningest coach in college history - it was made possible by gifts

When it comes to training, the right facilities are important. But having the right people in place to staff them is just as critical. Luckily, Saint John’s University has both. The 5,600-feet McGlynn Fitness Center which was made possible by a generous gift from the Burt McGlynn family, and is open to all students and alums - is equipped with a full range of free weights, upper-body, lower-body and full-core machines, and cardiovascular machines such as treadmills, ellipticals and exercise bicycles. But SJU athletes also have an exceptional resource on which to draw in Justin Rost, who is now in his 11th season as the assistant athletic trainer and head strength and conditioning coach in Collegeville. “From a football standpoint, when I was hired, one of the things I saw as a necessity when it came to getting our program back to the top of the heap (in the MIAC) was having a full-time strength and conditioning coach at Saint John’s who could work with our players year-round,” Johnnies head coach Gary Fasching said. “Justin came in with a great plan and he’s stuck with it. All of our guys who have worked with him have gained valuable speed, muscle and strength. He’s been a big part of our success the past 10 years.”






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Senior Spotlight

Alex Larson 6-7, 240, tight end, East Ridge High School

Sam Lewison 6-0, 225, linebacker, Eastview High School

Nick Peterson 6-3, 215, quarterback, Benilde-St. Margaret’s High School

What are some of your hobbies away from football? Fishing, yoga, hanging with friends, lifting.

What made you decide to attend SJU? I chose SJU because it felt like home. The community is so close here. I felt like part of the family as soon as I walked on campus. Everyone was so welcoming and kind. Additionally, the high level of athletics and academics - along with the Johnnie (alumni) connections - made it a no-brainer.

What do you consider your greatest talent? I can say with almost (total) certainty that I have the best mental math on the team.

What is something about you not everyone would know? I like taking cold showers. What are your post-graduation plans? I hope to play in the NFL.

What is your favorite spot on campus and why? Nothing beats Clemens Stadium in the fall when the leaves are changing. What is something about you not everyone would know? I’m an identical twin.

What are some of your hobbies away from football? I’ve recently gotten into golf. I’ve spent a lot of Sundays this summer and fall trying to get better. I also coach basketball for Comets AAU. Last year, I was an assistant on a top 17U team that usually practiced at Saint John’s. What made you decide to attend SJU? I had an (assistant) coach in high school (Ben Krebsbach) who was an alum and played here. He told me to take a few visits. I did, and every time I came, it just felt like home.

Mark Roane 6-0, 235, defensive lineman, Holy Family Catholic High School

Troy Feddema 5-11, 200, running back, St. Cloud Tech High School

What is your favorite spot on campus and why? The bench on Lake Sagatagan. I’ve found it’s a good place to relax, and somewhere I can slow down.

What is your favorite spot on campus and why? The football field, because I think it’s one of the most beautiful spots on campus.

What is something about you not everyone would know? My nickname is Nighthawk. What is your favorite food? Steak.

What do you consider your greatest talent? I’m good at photography. What are some of your hobbies away from football? Hunting and fishing.



LAST WEEK IN PICTURES Presented by Sentry Bank

Senior wide receiver Nick VanErp eclipsed 100 receiving yards for the third time this season.

Senior running back Devin Vouk gave SJU a 35-31 lead in the third quarter with a seven-yard touchdown run.

Senior running back Troy Feddema caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Aaron Syverson in the second quarter.

Senior quarterback Aaron Syverson ended the day 20 of 36 passing for 270 yards and three touchdowns.



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Presented by Stearns Bank 5TH YEAR JOHNNIES It’s a unique period of time at Saint John’s, and across all of Division III. One that hasn’t occurred in the past, and may not be repeated in the future. But, for now, the extra year of eligibility the NCAA granted to all student-athletes as a result of the impact COVID-19 had on the 2020-21 academic year means a far greater number of fifth-year seniors on rosters. The Johnnies, of course, have long had a handful of players eligible to return for a fifth season via medical redshirt. But this season, head coach Gary Fasching said his team has a dozen players in their fifth seasons roughly equal to the amount a year ago. “It’s a different situation because of the COVID year, but it’s definitely a benefit to have that many guys back who have played a lot of football for us,” Fasching said. “If you just look at the history of guys who’ve returned for a fifth year here - going back to Blake Elliott and Cam McCambridge (who helped the Johnnies win a national championship in 2003) to players like Jackson Erdmann more recently - they’ve all played at a really high level.

knowledge and experience he has been able to accumulate is a real advantage. “We have a lot of guys on this team who have been making plays for a few years now and you can see that on the field,” Bjork said. “You become a lot more confident and comfortable because of all the reps you’ve been able to get.” “We’re all a pretty close-knit group,” he said of his class. “I live with (tight end) Alex Larson, (defensive end) Joe Rossebo and (defensive back) Cayden Saxon. We’ve all been here five years now and we’ve formed what I’m sure will be lifelong friendships.” Quarterback Aaron Syverson is also in his fifth season. His first two years were spent at Division I Colorado State, but he is now in his third season starting under center at SJU. “I’m way more confident and comfortable than I was when I was younger,” he said. “A lot less surprises me now because I’ve been around and I’ve experienced so many different situations.

“A lot of us on this team have played in this system for a long time. We add new plays and new wrinkles every year, but we’re not starting over from scratch. We know what’s expected of us and what our roles are.” Still, eventually all things must end. And a sign of that comes today when SJU’s fifthyear seniors - and the Johnnies’ fourthyear seniors who will not return next fall play their final regular-season home game at Clemens Stadium. Bjork hopes his team has the chance to again play at home in the postseason. But he said it will be hard whenever the season does eventually wind down. “Playing football in the fall has been my favorite thing ever since I can remember,” said the Mahtomedi High School graduate who is majoring in global business leadership and currently working in operations at Granite Logistics in Sartell. “It will be a really different feeling when that’s not there anymore.”

“And that’s been the case this season as well.” Fifth-year senior linebacker Erik Bjork - who leads SJU in tackles this season – said the

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JOHNNIE ALL-AMERICAN PROFILE honored for his work with local youth before his death at the age of 50 from a heart attack in December 1985.

Ask anyone who got to know Chuck Froehle ‘57 during his time at Saint John’s University and they all remember the same thing:

“He was a true friend of youth (who) established a rapport that was warm and genuine,” his friend Lee Ebeling said in an obituary published in the SJU Alumni Magazine in the spring of 1986.

The enthusiasm with which he played the game. “His motor was going all the time,” remembered Don Catton, a classmate of Froehle’s, when his teammate on the football field during the early-to-mid-1950s was inducted into the SJU J-Club Hall of Honor in 2021.

“All of the kids loved him because he sincerely cared for them.”

“He wasn’t a loud guy, but he was extremely active. There weren’t too many times an opponent was able to get over him at his tackle position. He was all over the left side of our defensive line.”

#66 FROEHLE Froehle arrived at Saint John’s in the fall of 1953, the same season as John Gagliardi. And the two-way lineman from Aitkin helped the legendary head coach start his 60-season tenure at the school on the right foot. He became the first Johnnie football player to earn All-MIAC honors four straight seasons, and was named an All-American three times (1954, ‘55 and ‘56). But he did not just confine his talent to the football field. Despite weighing in at around 225 pounds, he spent his winters on the ice as a member of the Johnnie hockey team – a sport which Gagliardi also coached from 1954-59. “He wasn’t the smoothest player,” recalled Jack Quesnell ‘59, a teammate of Froehle’s on the hockey team, in 2021. “He depended a lot on his size. But he was always there to protect his teammates. 27

“I was one of the smaller guys on the ice and Charlie protected me. In fact, after he graduated, I spent a lot more time in the penalty box because I didn’t have him around to protect me anymore.” Froehle eventually settled in Great Falls, Montana, where he worked as a sales representative for Deluxe Check Printers, Inc. He was also deeply involved in civic affairs, and was

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Mark your calendar for Wednesday, November 15 and proudly support Give SJU Day. For a 24-hour period, alumni, faculty, staff, parents, students and friends of Saint John’s University will come together to support Student Fund scholarships at SJU. Powered by the SJU Alumni Association, Give SJU Day is the biggest day of giving in support of today’s Johnnies. “Give SJU Day is the hallmark event for Student Fund scholarships every year,” said Ted Kain, Saint John’s Director of Annual Giving. “We have amazing alumni, parents and friends who stand up for SJU on Give SJU Day to support current Johnnies.” Our goal is 1,300 donors. In 2022, we finished above our goal with 1,443 donors who raised $768,863 for Student Fund scholarships. Every gift matters. The Student Fund provides direct financial support to Saint John’s students, 98 percent of whom receive scholarships or financial aid. The Student Fund reduces the cost of education for students and their families. By participating, you provide opportunities for students to experience all that Saint John’s has to offer and help make Saint John’s accessible. Your Student Fund gift

is matched by Saint John’s alumni, parents and friends, and you can set up your own match to inspire others to give as well. Every gift made, regardless of the amount, is matched $100 by a generous group of Saint John’s Fellows Society donors. Give SJU Day fosters goodwill and pride for Saint John’s. Every gift – every size – makes a difference to support Saint John’s students. We encourage class competition and recognize the alumni class that finishes the day with the most donors. Donors can engage with Give SJU Day in a variety of ways: position your gift as a class match, record a personal plea video to help motivate others to give, and by using social sharing buttons (Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin) to generate gifts from

members of your social networks. “Our alumni class volunteers are integral to our success as they encourage their classmates to give what they can to help us reach class and comprehensive donor goals,” Kain said. “Every gift is matched by generous members of the Alumni Association, so each dollar goes even further on Give SJU Day. Please join us for this fun, competitive, and inspiring day of giving.”

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FEATURED FLASHBACK Presented by Kwik Trip When St. Scholastica joined the MIAC prior to the 2021 football season, it meant the MIAC once again had a presence in the Duluth area for the first time in over 45 years. Minnesota-Duluth was once a member of the league – joining in 1951 and leaving following the 1975-76 school year to join the Northern Intercollegiate Conference, now known as the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC). But the Johnnies and Bulldogs had faced off a number of times before that, dating back to a 3-0 UMD victory in the first meeting between the two teams on Sept. 26, 1936 in Collegeville. The lone score in that game was a 27-yard, thirdquarter field goal from what The Record termed “the educated foot” of UMD’s Maurice Gorham. SJU gained a measure of revenge the following year, winning 16-6 in Duluth on Sept. 18, 1937 thanks to a safety and fourth-quarter touchdowns from Jim Roche and Vernon McGree. Perhaps the most memorable meeting between the two teams, though, came on Oct. 22, 1960 when the Johnnies scored on a touchdown pass from Jim Glowack to Ken Roering in the second quarter, then converted the two-point conversion on a pass to Bob Spinner.

The defense did the rest, holding the Bulldogs scoreless in the second half despite numerous trips into SJU territory as the Johnnies held on for an 8-7 victory before a huge Homecoming crowd in Collegeville. The Johnnies defeated UMD 13-10 on Oct. 11, 1975 on the road, and though SJU and the Bulldogs would meet again at the Metrodome in 1983, that game marked the program’s last trip to Duluth until Oct. 29 of last season.

The win was also the 600th in program history, making SJU just the second school in Minnesota to reach that milestone.


That’s when now-senior Nick VanErp had six catches for 105 yards and two touchdowns in a 56-7 win over St. Scholastica at Public Schools Stadium. It marked the second time the Johnnies and Saints had met as conference foes.

OnTwenty-eight this date (Oct. 28) in of Johnnie history: minutes overtime was not enough to break a 6-6 deadlock as SJU and Macalester played to a tie in St. Paul in 1944. It was one of only two games the Johnnies played that season because of the impact of World War II on available players.

But there were three games before that – a 35-7 SJU victory in the first round of the NCAA Division III playoffs on Nov. 22, 2014 and nonconference wins to start the 2016 and ’17 seasons.

Future longtime NFL referee Bernie Kukar scored on a 2-yard run on the game’s opening possession and SJU didn’t look back en route to beating Hamline 51-0 in Collegeville in 1961.

In that first matchup in 2014, the Johnnie defense recorded a single-game, schoolrecord eight interceptions. The game was the first postseason matchup for SJU since 2009, and the first under head coach Gary Fasching, beginning a school-record streak of now eight-straight seasons.

The Johnnie defense sacked St. Thomas quarterback – and Rocori High School graduate – David Sauer nine times and held the Tommies to one yard rushing in a 27-7 win in St. Paul in 2006.

“It’s a great feeling,” senior cornerback Andrew Norri, who tied for the team lead

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with two interceptions, told the St. Cloud Times afterward. “I’ve played here four years and we haven’t gotten to the playoffs until now. So winning today was important.”

Defensive lineman Nick Gunderson had three of those sacks.

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PROBABLE STARTERS Presented by McDowall Company UPCOMING JOHNNIE EVENTS When Saint John’s Has The Ball SAINT JOHN’S OFFENSE WR 1 Marselio Mendez WR 7 Nick VanErp TE 8 Alex Larson LT 79 Tommy Hessburg LG 50 Nick McKenzie C 72 Charlie Folkens RG 64 Joe Jaeger RT 54 Grant Peroutka WR 2 Dylan Wheeler QB 6 Aaron Syverson RB 9 Troy Feddema

Jr., 5-9, 170 Sr., 5-11, 175 Sr., 6-7, 240 Jr., 6-5, 295 Jr., 6-1, 280 Jr., 6-3, 285 Sr., 6-2, 285 Jr., 6-1, 275 So., 6-3, 200 Sr., 6-0, 195 Sr., 5-11, 200

ST. SCHOLASTICA DEFENSE DL 93 Nathan Miller DL 62 John Lassila DL 55 Henry Ellefson LB 11 Anthony Vo LB 27 John Bonner LB 41 Austin Mundt LB 42 Colby Jorschumb CB 24 Ian Strusz S 15 Jake Kukowski S 5 Antonio Bugni CB 2 Isaiah Walters

So., 6-2, 230 Fr., 6-1, 250 Jr., 6-3, 220 Jr., 6-1, 240 Jr., 6-1, 240 So., 5-10, 220 Jr., 6-1, 210 So., 5-10, 180 Sr., 6-3, 195 Jr., 5-10, 190 So., 5-11, 190

When St. Scholastica Has The Ball ST. SCHOLASTICA OFFENSE WR 10 Ben Hunter WR 7 Andrew Burgess II LT 50 Monty Wilson LG 54 Cody Schneider C 75 Javon Hannah RG 76 Max Lemke RT 77 Sean Cheatwood WR 1 Wyatt Lahr WR 86 Ricky Weber QB 3 Donald West RB 21 Nick Schlender

Jr., 6-2, 220 So., 5-9, 150 So., 6-3, 260 So., 6-2, 280 Fr., 6-1, 265 Fr., 6-3, 290 Jr., 6-3, 270 Sr., 5-9, 185 Jr., 6-5, 215 So., 6-3, 225 Jr., 5-8, 195

SAINT JOHN’S DEFENSE DE 9 Joe Akoh Sr., 6-4, 240 DT 97 Zach Frank Jr., 6-3, 260 DT 40 Isaac Hetland Jr., 6-1, 230 DE 32 Jake Schwinghammer Jr., 5-11, 220 LB 43 Hayden Sanders Jr., 6-0, 215 LB 49 Erik Bjork Sr., 6-0, 220 LB 3 Cooper Yaggie Jr., 6-0, 215 CB 24 Cayden Saxon Sr., 6-3, 200 S 18 Ethan Stark Sr., 6-1, 195 S 11 Noah Arneson So., 6-0, 195 CB 8 Peyton Goettlicher Fr., 5-11, 190

Saint John’s Specialists K 12 Conor Murphy P 95 Spencer Ell LS 45 Jack Eibensteiner H 7 Nick VanErp KR 27 Caden Wheeler 7 Nick VanErp PR 1 Marselio Mendez

Jr., 5-10, 180 Sr., 5-11, 185 Sr., 6-0, 220 Sr., 5-11, 175 So., 5-10, 195 Sr., 5-11, 175 Jr., 5-9, 170

St. Scholastica Specialists K 36 Jacob Andrews P 36 Jacob Andrews LS 19 Dayne Evanson H 12 Eddie Dossantos KR 7 Andrew Burgess II 1 Wyatt Lahr PR 1 Wyatt Lahr

So., 5-10, 190 So., 5-10, 190 Sr., 6-5, 180 Fr., 6-0, 190 So., 5-9, 150 Sr., 5-9, 185 Sr., 5-9, 185

Saturday, Oct. 28 Cross Country at MIAC Championships Football vs. St. Scholastica Hockey vs. UW-River Falls Soccer vs. Carleton Sunday, Oct. 29 Golf at NCAA Division III Preview Monday, Oct. 30 Golf at NCAA Division III Preview Tuesday, Oct. 31 Golf at NCAA Division III Preview Friday, Nov. 3 Cross Country vs. Fall Finale Hockey vs. UW-Eau Claire (at the MAC) Saturday, Nov. 4 Football at St. Olaf Hockey vs. Northland, Wis. (at the MAC) Swimming & Diving at St. Olaf Thursday, Nov. 9 Hockey at Concordia Saturday, Nov. 11 Cross Country at NCAA Regional Football at MIAC Championship Week Hockey vs. Concordia Swimming & Diving vs. UW-Eau Claire (at St. Kate’s)

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