North Central College at Elmhurst College
2 p.m. Saturday at Langhorst Field
Coaches: John Thorne, North Central; Joe Adam, Elmhurst
Last year: NCC beat Elmhurst, 44-10. North Central leads the all-time series 51-21-1 and has won the last 14 meetings.
Bluejays preview: Adam’s first season as head coach has hit a snag with an injury to junior quarterback Joe Camiliere. The Kaneland graduate saw limited time in week two and did not play last week, both losses for Elmhurst. Thorne said he is not sure if Camiliere will be back this week or not, making Elmhurst tough to scout. He is not listed in the game notes distributed to the media Wednesday. The Bluejays scored only seven combined points against Trine and Chicago without their starting quarterback. Last year, running back Scottie Williams was the CCIW Offensive Player of the Year, but he graduated. His younger brother Josh is splitting the carries with Andrew Tubek this year. Elmhurst’s last win over North Central was 6-0 in 1998. Elmhurst is celebrating homecoming this week.
Cardinals preview: NCC completed its three-game nonconference run through the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference with a 27-7 win over UW-Stevens Point, giving Thorne his 100th win as Cardinals coach in the process, the second-fastest coach in CCIW history to reach that milestone. His career record stands at 100-27. The Cardinals remain fourth in the D3football.com national poll this week. Career highs were the norm once again last week, as quarterback Spencer Stanek passed for a career-high 364 yards to continue the stellar start to his campaign. He ranks third nationally in completion percentage (78.6) and fourth in passing efficiency (192.2) and total offense (1,134 yards). Receiver Peter Sorenson leads the CCIW in receptions (27) and receiving yardage (369). Linebacker Nick Slezak made a career-high 14 tackles and leads the CCIW with 32 tackles overall. Fellow linebacker Michael Monterrubio made two interceptions, both in the red zone. The bugaboo for the Cardinals last week was the running game. The Cardinals were held to 41 yards on 28 carries.
What Thorne said: “The other team did a great job of running their stunts and line movements and it really shut our run game down more than we’ve been shut down since 2006. That was disappointing. We’ve gotten some of that fixed.”
Next week: Elmhurst travels to Augustana while North Central hosts Millikin.