2019 Stagg Bowl Preview
The Stagg Bowl Preview
SHENANDOAH, TEXAS-- It all comes down to this!! The Stagg Bowl. Named after legendary
University of Chicago coach Amos Alonzo Stagg, the Stagg Bowl has been a mainstay to the
Division III National Championship for many years. In this season’s Stagg Bowl, it features
two midwest schools. Making their first appearance to the Stagg Bowl is the College
Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) school: North Central College and a perennial
powerhouse from the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC), the University of
Wisconsin at Whitewater. The game is set for Friday, December 20 at 7 p.m. inside the
Woodforest Bank Stadium. UW-Whitewater last advanced to the Stagg Bowl back in 2014 and
a CCIW team has not won the Stagg Bowl since Augustana College won it four straight years
Inside Look at the Matchup:
The Cardinals have not had the upper hand against the Warhawks in its two previous matchups.
UW-Whitewater defeated North Central 59-28 in 2007 and fell 20-10 in 2010. Both matchups
were in the postseason.
Preview North Central:
The Cardinals have experienced a magical journey through the playoffs. The number five team
in the rankings kicked off play defeating all-male school Wabash College, 51-15,then pulled off
an upset defeating Mount Union in a 59-52, shootout, then defeated Delaware Valley 31-14, and
final dethroned the previously undefeated Muhlenberg, 45-14.
The Cardinals are led by their senior quarterback Broc Rutter. Rutter leads the CCIW with 54
touchdowns against only 5 interceptions. Rutter also leads the CCIW with 4,328 yards,
averaging over 300 yards per game. Adding to the already potent offensive attack for the
Cardinals is sophomore running back Ethan Greenfield. Greenfield leads the CCIW averaging
145.1 yards per game. Additionally, the Cardinals have the leader in receptions and receiving
yards and that is junior wideout Andrew Kaminski. Kaminiski grabbed 124 receptions for an
astonishing 1,882 yards and has grabbed 30 touchdowns.
North Central leads the CCIW in numerous offensive categories including averaging 52.6 points
per game, total offense averaging 559.6 yards per game, rushing yards per game with 233.9,
and passing yards per game with 325.6 yards per game. Nationally, North Central is second
only behind Mount Union for total offense.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Cardinals are no slouch. Junior linebacker Ben Wong
leads the Cardinals with 82 tackles and junior defensive back Jake Beesley leads North Central
with 4 interceptions. As a defensive unit, the Cardinals are second in the conference in total
defense only behind Wheaton College, giving up only 209.9 total yards per game.
The Warhawks had a magical journey, like North Central. The Warhawks defeated Monmouth,
in the first round, 35-10, then defeated Wartburg 41-28, then had a meeting with the defending
National Champions Mary Hardin-Baylor. Being an overwhelming favorite, the Crusaders fell to
the Warhawks 26-7. In the semifinals, UW-Whitewater defeated St. John’s of Minnesota 35-32
to advance to the Stagg Bowl.
Junior quarterback Zach Oles leads the Warhawks into the Stagg Bowl with 1,509 yards and 12
touchdowns. However, the biggest story on the Warhawks offense is the running game with
junior running back Alex Peete. Peete and the rushing attack for the Warhawks lead the WIAC
in rushing yards this season. Peete leads the team with 1,203 rushing yards. Junior Ryan
Wisniewski leads the team with 666 yards receiving.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Warhawks lead the WIAC in total defense only
surrendering 284.5 yards per game and opponents are only scoring 16.5 points per game.
Additionally, the Warhawks only give up 56 yards a game on the ground. Junior linebacker
Kaleb Kaminski leads the Warhawks with 97 tackles and senior defensive end Jordan Brand
has 17.5 tackles for loss, which is a team and a WIAC second- best.