The Buena Vista University football team will be looking to even its Iowa Conference record this Saturday when it takes on the Simpson College Storm in Storm Lake. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. at J. Leslie Rollins Stadium on Buena Vista's campus.
Buena Vista enters the game 1-3, 1-2 in the Iowa Conference. Simpson enters the contest 1-3, 1-1 in the Iowa Conference.
Last time out, the Beavers defeated Cornell College 16-0 for their first conference and overall win of the season. The victory was also the first collegiate head coaching win by head coach Jay Anderson.
With the shutout, it marks the first time since 2001 a Beaver team has been shut out and has shut out an opponent in the same season.
The Beavers are led in total offense by quarterback Chris Hawkins. Hawkins ranks fifth in the Iowa Conference in total offense with 140.5 yards per game.
Randy Kaufmann enters Saturday's game ranked eighth in the conference in receptions per game (3.75), and eighth in receiving yards per game (55 yards/game).
Kaufmann, one of the league's top kick returners, also leads the Beavers in receiving yards (220) and receptions (15). He needs only five more receiving yards to overtake his total from last season.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Beavers are led by linebacker Cody Pierce with 49 tackles. Pierce's 49 tackles rank him second in the conference for total tackles. Pierce and safety Michael Sly are tied for the team lead in interceptions with two. Sly also leads the Beavers with seven tackles for loss and ranks fourth in the conference as well.
Chris Kemmerer, coming off a fantastic game last Saturday against Cornell in which he had three field goals averaging 41 yards and three of six punts that pinned Cornell inside its 20 yard line, was named to the D3football.com Team of the Week. Kemmerer leads the conference in field goals made with five and is also ranked third in punting with a 38.8 yard per punt average.
Both his field goal and punting stats are good enough to make him nationally ranked in both categories.
Simpson, meanwhile, had last week off to prepare for this week's game.
When the Storm last took the field two weeks ago, they snapped their three-game losing streak to start the year by defeating Cornell College for the fifth consecutive season, 34-7, in Mt.Vernon.
On the first offensive play of the game, Tyson Unkrich tossed an 83-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Peterson. Simpson continued to encounter little resistance the rest of the day. The Storm outgained the Rams 402-233 as Adam Reutzel rushed 20 times for 119 yards. Fellow tailback Scott Anderson rushed 13 times for 82 yards. Peterson ended the day with three catches for 98 yards. B J Bengard led the Simpson defense as he made 10 tackles, 3.5 for a loss.
Ryan McDonough and Unkrich have shared time at quarterback this year. As a tandem, they have completed 43% of their passes and thrown seven interceptions. Peterson is one of the conference's top wide receivers as he has 16 catches for 304 yards. Kirk Sniderman and Eric Hentges have 43 and 42 tackles respectively.
Bill Nelson, the Storm's kicker and punter, is having a fine season. He has made four field goals, including a 51 yard kick against Bethel, this year. Nelson ranks second in field goals made, behind Buena Vista's Kemmerer, and leads the conference in field goal percentage (66.7%).
Nelson is ranked fourth in the conference in punting with 38.1 yards per punt. Nelson is also ranked nationally in both field goals and punting.