For Immediate Release
Oct. 15, 2010
Road-Tested Red Devils Travel North to Crown
EUREKA, Ill. – The Eureka College football team will take its third road trip of the 2010 season of 700 miles or more when the Red Devils travel to St. Bonifacius, Minn. to square off against the Crown Purple Storm in an Upper Midwest Athletic Conference game, Saturday at 1 p.m. at Storm Field.
Last November in the season finale at McKinzie Field, the two squads combined to play the highest-scoring game in NCAA Division III history. The Purple Storm, playing Eureka for the first time in program history, scored the 18th and final touchdown of the contest with 14 seconds remaining for a 69-63 win. The game lasted 3-hours, 39-minutes and featured 10 lead changes and five ties. Eureka set a new UMAC-high for the 2009 season with 744 yards of total offense. Crown’s 69 points were the highest total by a UMAC team for the 2009 season.
On Saturday, the Red Devils will try to end a six-game losing streak that dates back to the loss to Crown on Nov. 7, 2009. Sophomore quarterback Sam Durley (Roanoke, Ill./Roanoke-Benson H.S.) is coming off the best game of his collegiate career after throwing for a career-high 297 yards and a touchdown in a 34-14 loss at Westminster last Saturday. Durley’s average of 164.2 passing yards per game ranks second among UMAC quarterbacks, trailing only Saturday counterpart Adam Hayes of Crown for the conference lead. Junior safety Mike Minehan (Washington, Ill./Washington H.S./McKendree) made 11 tackles and recorded his second interception of the 2010 season against the Blue Jays last Saturday.
Crown enters Saturday’s contest with a 4-2 record, including a 2-1 mark in UMAC play. The Purple Storm ended a brief two-game losing streak last Saturday with a 30-24 UMAC victory over in-state rival Northwestern (Minn.). The Red Devils will have their hands full with Crown’s high-powered offense that averages 38.5 points and a staggering 447.8 yards per game. Hayes has terrorized opposing secondaries this season, throwing for 1,513 yards and 19 touchdowns in six games. Both marks lead the UMAC.
Eureka fans interested in listening live to Saturday’s contest can visit the official Crown athletics website, www.stormathletics.com, and click “Listen to the Storm Live” link near the top of the page.
VOLLEYBALL: The Eureka volleyball team will take its first-ever trip to Louisville, Ky. on Friday to play three St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference matches in less than 24 hours. The Red Devils will play Spalding on its home floor at 6 p.m. Friday before playing a 9 a.m. match on Saturday against
Westminster. Eureka will close the trip with another match against Spalding at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
SOCCER: Like the Eureka volleyball team, the Eureka men’s and women’s soccer teams will take their longest road trip of the 2010 season when the Red Devils head for Louisville, Ky. on Saturday to play a SLIAC doubleheader against Spalding. The women’s game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 3 p.m. The Eureka men are coming off a dramatic, come-from-behind 3-2 overtime victory over Rockford on Thursday at Traister Field.
CROSS COUNTRY: The Eureka cross country team will run on back-to-back weekends for the first time this season on Saturday, participating in the Illinois College Invitational at 11 a.m. in Jacksonville, Ill.
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