The 2012 version of the St. Ambrose football team started like the previous three incarnations, with a win over Trinity International.
The Bees shook off an inconsistent first quarter to dominate the Trojans 43-6 on Saturday.
“Offensively, we did some good things,” St. Ambrose coach Mike Magistrelli said. “We didn’t finish drives in the first quarter, but we did in the second quarter. We had great balance all day, run and pass were really complimenting each other.”
It rained heavily in the pregame but subsided at kickoff. Still, the weather left field conditions muddy, and the players were forced to use a wet ball on almost every play.
Ambrose freshman kicker Quinn Treiber struggled with both nerves and footing, missing three extra points and a field goal.
Junior running back Cole Kelly ran for two scores, while junior quarterback Eric Williamson threw for two touchdowns. Senior running back Anton Wilkins tacked on a score on the ground.
Defensively, the Bees’ first unit tossed a shutout with Trinity’s touchdown coming late in the fourth quarter.
The defense also recorded a safety, set up by sophomore Matt Klingler’s kickoff pinning Trinity deep in its own territory.
Dubuque 39, Augustana 21: Augustana had an early lead in its season-opening tussle with the University of Dubuque on Saturday, but in the second half the Spartans dominated the line of scrimmage and the game.
Second-year Vikings coach Rob Cushman said his defense simply could not get off the field in the second half, crediting the play of the Dubuque offensive line.
“They whipped our tail in the second half,” Cushman said. “We couldn’t get them off the field. They hammered us up front, controlled the clock and controlled the ball.”
Augustana (0-1) got first-half touchdowns from senior quarterback Nick Welch and junior running back Eric Chandler, but Dubuque scored two touchdowns in the half’s closing minute, including a hail mary as time expired to take the momentum into the locker room.
In all, Dubuque (1-0) rang up 288 yards through the air and another 195 on the ground.
Welch finished the game 4-of-8 for 55 yards through the air and had eight carries for 56 yards.
Cushman said he saw some good things out of his offense, but it simply didn’t have the chance to perform in the second half.
“We only had 14 plays in the second half,” Cushman said. “We just couldn’t get the ball back.”