Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Dobernig named D3Football National Team of the Week

Eddie Dobernig's performance against Lawrence University has been recognized once again. This time, he becomes the third Forester defender to be named to the team this season. He joins junior defensive lineman Casey Flynn (vs. Carroll University) and Dylan Burke (vs Beloit) who have previously been recognized.

Congratulations Eddie. D3 FOOTBALL.COM PRESS RELEASE

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Dobernig collects MWC Player of the Week Awards

Freshman Defensive Back Eddie Dobernig was named the Midwest Conference Player of the Week for his performance against Lawrence University on Saturday. Dobernig had 5 tackles, and 2 interceptions, the second of which was returned for a 39 yard touchdown.

Congratulations Eddie! MIDWEST CONFERENCE PRESS RELEASE Click Here

Players of the Week Announced

The Forester Football Coaches announced the players of the week for the Lawrence game this past week.

Offensively: Pete Scaffidi, Sophomore, QB, South Elgin, IL. Pete in his second start put together a strong overall game. His performance incuded a 14-22 for 155 yards. In addition to his efficiency with his arm, Pete also ran the ball 6 times for 47 yards (7.2 yards per carry). Pete's decision making was particularly strong in the first half where the Foresters converted 5 of 8 third down plays. Pete played his prep football at South Elgin High School, and played one season at Rock Valley Community College prior to transferring to Lake Forest this year.

Special Teams: Dominick Campagna, Sophomore, Kicker, Elmwood Park, IL. Dom, who is the Forester's kickoff specialist placed 2 of his 6 kickoffs into the endzone for touchbacks and averaged 61.2 yards per kickoff. Lawrence who was ranked in the top half of the conference in kickoff returns, only managed 74 total return yards on four returns for an 18 yard average. Dom played his prep football at Fenwick High School.

Defensively: Ed Dobernig, Freshman, DB, New Berlin, WI. Eddie played perhaps his most impressive games as a Forester. Eddie had a dominating fourth quarter for the Foresters as he recorded two interceptions. His first interception ended a potential game tying drive by the Vikings. The Forester offense capitalized on Eddie's interception and scored a touchdown, giving the squad a 14 point lead. Eddie returned his second interception 39 yards for his first collegiate touchdwon. In addition Eddie made 5 tackles on the day. Eddie played his prep football at Eisenhower High School in New Berlin, WI.

Scout Team: Keenan Carrawell, Freshman, WR, St. Louis, MO. Keenan's enthusiasm for running the Lawrence offense was evident all week long. The freshman made some big plays in the scrimmage periods of pracitce and forced the defense to focus on certain route combinations. Keenan's performance during the practice week, undoubtedyl help defensive back Eddie Dobernig be more prepared for the game this week. Keenan played his prep football at University City High School in St. Louis, MO.

Congratulations to each of these players!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Earning That Victory!

This past weekend, the Foresters were home to take on Lawrence University at Farwell Field. Playing perhaps their most impressive game of the season, the Foresters were able to finally put a “W” on the board. Coach Cat expressed his happiness with the outcome, saying, “I am excited that our team took the next step this week and got our first win of the season. I couldn't be more pleased with the result. It was a long time coming, and our players have worked extremely hard each week of the season. It was only a matter of time before we pushed through.

When asked about the keys to winning the game, Coach Cat said, “Our first half. Period. We haven't started a game all season like we did on Saturday. Our first drive offensively really set the tone. We were able to run the ball at will, and were able to convert a few third downs that led to our first touchdown. In the first half, offensively, defensively, and on special teams, we were really spectacular. Offensively, our offensive line and quarterback Pete Scaffidi really got comfortable and in a rhythm. I think that an established rhythm makes it easier for the offensive line.

He credits the offensive line with doing an incredible job, saying, “Our offensive line gave up zero sacks and gained over 200 yards rushing for the first time all season. They are led by juniors Gil Munoz, Dan McSparin, and Sal Perales. The leadership of those upper-class guys has been really exciting to see grow. Our center, freshman Tom Mitchell, was ALL OVER the field. He was getting down field and making big blocks all the way through the whistle.”

Sophomore quarterback Pete Scaffidi started for his second game of the season. Last week, Coach Cat commented on his performance against Monmouth College, saying, “Pete did a commendable job preparing this week, and I am excited to see his continued growth. I am confident that he will grow from this game. It was his first start in the MWC and I think he had a chance to see what the true level of the competition is.” After this week’s game, Coach Cat said, “Pete had his second start this week. I know that the Monmouth game was a great learning experience for him. It also displayed to our coaches which parts of our offense Pete was most comfortable with. There is no doubt in my mind that the second half of the Monmouth game helped us put together this week’s game plan, even more so than our film study of Lawrence. I am excited about some of the plays that Pete made with both his arm, and his feet. He gives us a nice double threat combination at quarterback.”

Perhaps one of the most impressive players on the field this past week was freshman defensive back Ed Dobernig. On Saturday, he had 5 tackles and a return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. Commenting on Dobernig, Coach Cat said, “Eddie played a great three quarters. After film study, I am sure he'll agree. His two interceptions in the fourth quarter were pivotal to us closing out the game. His return for a touchdown is the second return for a touchdown by the defense this semester. I am hopeful that this will be one of many more in Eddie's career. One of the unnoticed things that Eddie also did on Saturday was that he tackled VERY VERY well. He made a couple of big third down plays on tackles that got our offense the ball back.

After reviewing film on Sunday, Coach Cat said, “It was great for our guys to eliminate the 0 in the win/loss column. I know that the coaches and the players all slept better last night. I hope that this win, and the feeling that comes with it, will serve as motivation for wanting another win against Knox this upcoming week.

The last home game of the season takes place this coming Saturday as Knox comes to Farwell Field! We will be celebrating our Forester seniors and their parents. We hope to see you all there!

--Elise Beckman, contributing author

(Photo Credit: Scott Sanford '14)

Spotlight on Freshman Clint Stibbard!

Hometown: Kelowna, British Columbia

High School: Kelowna Senior Secondary

High School Coach: Roy Anderson

Position: Linebacker

Academic Honors: Monty Minor Football Scholarship

Planning to Major In: Economics

Birthday: June 19th

Birthplace: Smithers, BC

Parents’ Names: Jeff and Brenda Stibbard

Favorite Movie: Friday Night Lights

Favorite Book: Atlas Shrugged

Favorite Food: Steak

Favorite Quote: “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.”

Person You’d Most Like to Meet: Jay Cutler

Favorite MLB Team: Not a baseball fan

Favorite NFL Team: Chicago Bears

When asked what he likes best about playing football at Lake Forest College, Clint said, “One of the best things about playing football at LFC is getting to know my teammates.” On being entertained at practice, Clint said, “There are many entertaining antics at practice; one that comes to mind is Joe Stella's dance moves in the locker room and on the field.”

Clint, good luck as you finish out your first season as a Forester!

--Elise Beckman, contributing author

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Monmouth POTW

The Forester Coaching Staff announced the Players of the Week for the Monmouth Game.

Offense: Sophomore Running Back Al Mitchell (Milwaukee, WI). Al replaced an injured starter Brock Stenberg in the second half, and had a his most productive stint as a Forester. Mitchell took his first touch in the second half for 11 yards, and would end up averaging 7.1 yards per carry in the second half. Mitchell totaled 78 yards rushing on 11 carries, and 27 yards receiving on 4 catches. What was perhaps most impressive of Mitchell's performance was his yards after contact total of 38 yards. Mitchell played his prep football at Pulaski High School in Milwaukee.

Defense: Junior Safety Luke Butts (Warrensburg, IL). Luke was all over the field on Saturday. He recorded 13 tackles, 1 TFL, and 2 Pass Breakups. Butts also helped eliminate four drive threats with tackles or pass breakups on third down plays. Butts received his second POTW award in as many weeks. Butts played his prep football at Warrensburg-Latham High School in Central Illinois.

Special Teams: Junior Safety Luke Butts (Warrnesburg, IL). In a rare double-double, Luke recorded three special teams tackles, including a "big hit" on a kick off return. In addition, he had a punt pressure.

Scout Team: Sophomore Quarterback Justin Novak (Miami, FL). Justin served the defense as the Monmouth QB. He did a great job of forcing the defense to secure their rush lanes, and had a phenomenal attitude. His efforts made the defense much better on Saturday. Justin played his prep football at Miami's Coral Park High School.

Congratulations to each of these Foresters!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Inching Closer to Victory

The Foresters were home this past weekend to take on Beloit. After a valiant effort, the Foresters suffered another tough loss. This game, however, had the Foresters fighting into overtime.

When asked about the game, Coach Cat said, That was a heartbreaking loss. I wanted that win for our players. They fought extremely hard through the entire game, and gave themselves an opportunity to have a chance in overtime. There were some stellar individual performances on the field on Saturday. Dylan Burke, Brock Stenberg, Luke Butts, Bryce Jones, they all played the best games of their careers on Saturday. I can look at each of our players, directly in the eye, and know that they gave us EVERYTHING that they were capable of."

He continued, saying,I give credit to Beloit, they could have folded up the tents with the way that we came back, but they fought all the way to the end, as well. Coach Brann did a great job of having his team finish the game. I have talked to our players about the fact that each week, no matter what the outcome, or the score, we play for ‘sixty minutes, or whatever it takes.’ We definitely played all the way until the end. I am excited to see where we are able to grow from this game. I know that our guys are going to continue to work hard getting ready for this week’s game."

As mentioned by Coach Cat, several players performed tremendously during the game. Among them were linebacker Bryce Jones ‘14, defensive back Luke Butts ’12, defensive lineman Casey Flynn ’12, defensive lineman Dylan Burke ’12, and running back Brock Stenberg ’11. Coach Cat commented on each performance, saying, Bryce Jones had the opportunity to play more this week than he had in previous weeks and really stood out. I hope that he can use this as motivation to continue his development as a total player." During the game, Bryce had 6 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, and 1.5 sacks.

Commenting on the upperclassmen, Coach Cat said, "Luke had an amazing game. Anytime a player is personally responsible for three takeaways (2 INTS, 1 Fumble Recovery) you have to be excited about their performance as a coach. He keeps proving why he is the best safety in the MWC. Casey Flynn might have a four-leaf clover stuck in his shoe, because he has three interceptions in the last two weeks, and they have all been off of tipped passes. Truly an outstanding player, who has worked hard to make himself even better and more productive. Dylan Burke had his breakout game this week. I am hopeful that he is able to continue to build on this performance. I know that he was struggling a little bit early in the season with an ankle injury, and it is good to see him bouncing back from that. Brock Stenberg played his tail off today. His intensity running the football was tremendous. It may not have been his productive game, yardage wise, but his effort running the ball provided a lot of motivation for the team, and built our confidence as the game went on."

Tomorrow, the Foresters head to Monmouth, IL to take on Monmouth College. Good luck, boys!

--Elise Beckman, contributing author

(Photo credit: Scott Sanford '14)

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Players of the Week: Beloit

The Forester Football Coaching Staff announced the team player of the week awards from the Beloit College game.

Defensive player of the week: Luke Butts, Junior, Safety (Warrensburg, IL)
Luke had a hand in three Forester turnovers. He intercepted two passes, and recovered a fumble forced by Anthony Garetto in the fourth quarter. Luke's second interception, was followed by a 64 yard return to the Beloit 12 yard line. Luke upped his season total to three interceptions and his career total to nine. Butts played his prep football at Warrensburg-Latham High School, in Illinois.

Offensive Player of the Week: Brock Stenberg, Senior, Running Back (Grand Haven, MI) Brock won his second offensive player of the week award rushing 23 times for 104 yards, he also had two receptions on the day as well. Brock's final run of regulation was a 5-yard rush for a touchdown. The ensuing point after tied the ball game, and forced overtime. Stenberg played his prep football at Grand Haven High School, in Michigan.

Special Teams Player of the Week: Tim Gruzwalski, Senior, Kicker (Oakland, MI)
Tim earned his first player of the week award in 2010 with a great day kicking on Saturday. Tim was perfect on extra-points, including his game-tying extra point with one minute remaining in the fourth quarter. Tim was also 2-3 on field goals including two in the pivotal third quarter for the Foresters. Gruzwalski played his prep football at Stoney Creek High School, in Michigan.

Scout Team Player of the Week: Greg McDowell, Freshman, Quarterback (Chicago, IL)
Greg provided the Forester Defense with a lot to account for, both as a quarterback and a wide reciever during the practice week. His steallar performance on scout team, earned him his first opportunity to play on game day, where he completed his first and only pass of the day in the third quarter. McDowell played his prep football at Orr High School, in Chicago.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Spotlight on Freshman Bryce Jones!

This week, we are changing the rhythm by spotlighting an exceptional freshman!

Freshman linebacker Bryce Jones came to Lake Forest College from Dysart High School in Arizona. After earning honors in high school for both academics and football (Defensive MVP and Most Improved), Bryce had an impressive game last weekend against Beloit. Congratulations, Bryce, on being the Forester spotlight of the week!

Nicknames: Savage, B-Man
Hometown: Surprise, Arizona
Planning to Major In: Dentistry
Birthday: December 28th
Birthplace: South Bend, IN
Parents' Names: Flex Johnson and Lonita Jones

Favorite Movie: Friday
Favorite Book: A Child Called It
Favorite Music Artist: Musiq Soulchild
Favorite Food: Chicken
Favorite Quote: "The task ahead of you is never as great as the power behind you"
Person You'd Most Like to Meet: God
Favorite MLB Team: Phillies
Favorite NFL Team: Colts ("all the way")

When asked what he likes best about playing football at Lake Forest College, Bryce said, "The fun we have and the family's an all around great feeling." Additionally, Bryce is most entertained at practice by teammates Dylan Burke and Shawn Henderson.

Good luck during the rest of the season, Bryce!

--Elise Beckman, contributing author

Juice Hall of Fame

John Klasen, Class of 1996, was inducted into the LFC Athletics Hall Of Fame this past homecoming weekend. This is a tremendous honor for a tremendous alum, player, and representative of all that is great about Lake Forest College.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Pre-Game LFC vs Beloit

Highlights: LFC vs Carroll

Foresters Fall to Carroll, but Look Ahead to Homecoming 2010!

Last Saturday, the Foresters traveled to Wisconsin to take on the Carroll Pioneers. Though they fell to the Pioneers 15-7, the Foresters experienced their closest contest this season. After the game, Coach Cat said, "We played tough. That was the grittiest performance of the year so far. Our defense played extremely well, especially considering the starting field position of the first half. It was also great to see some of our players make "BIG" plays. We hadn't had any real big plays this year on the defensive side of the ball. Offensively, we took care of the football, and had a couple of good drives, but we still need to become more consistent in the things that we do. I am looking forward to our guys having a great homecoming week as we prepare for Beloit."

This week, the Foresters have been working hard to prepare for this weekend’s Homecoming Game against Beloit. A full explanation of the Forester forecast for the second half of the season and the predictions for this weekend’s contest can be seen tomorrow morning during the Pre-Game show.

Looking forward to Homecoming and hoping to see fans pack Farwell Field on Saturday, let’s go Foresters!

--Elise Beckman, contributing author

Spotlight on Kevin Davis!

In preparation for Homecoming, we are spotlighting Junior Wide Receiver Kevin Davis!

Nickname: K.D.
High School: South Elgin High
Honors: All-Conference, Academic All-Conference
Hometown: South Elgin
Planning to Major In: Business
Birthdate: February 19
Birthplace: Neumarkt, Germany
Parents: James and Sibylle

Favorite Movie: Bad Boys 2
Favorite Music Artist: Lil Wayne/Wiz Khalifa
Favorite Food: Steak
Favorite Quote: "Go big or go home"
Person You'd Most Like to Meet: Kim Kardashian
Favorite NFL Team: Chicago Bears
Favorite MLB Team: Chicago White Sox

When asked what he likes best about playing football at Lake Forest College, Kevin said, "No matter what is going on from day to day, I get to play football with the guys that I'm closest to on campus. It's always the best part of my day to get out on the football field and to have fun running routes and making big plays." Kevin especially enjoys spending time with the coaches at practice. He said, "All of the coaches make practice entertaining for me because they are very enthusiastic about what they do and they all have a great sense of humor. The two coaches that make practice the most entertaining, in particular, are Coach Cat and Coach Canty because they bring the most excitement."

Good luck this Saturday, Kevin!

--Elise Beckman, contributing author

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


Junior Defensive Lineman Casey Flynn, was recognized nationally by D3Football to their National Team of the Week for his performance against Carroll University on Saturday. The Morristown, NJ native recorded two interceptions on consecutive series of Carroll QB Chris Casper. Flynn also recorded three tackles on the day.

Read more here: D3 Football Release


The Forester Coaching Staff announced the players of the week from the Carroll game on Monday.

Offense: Senior Running Back, Brock Stenberg (Grand Haven, Michigan). Stenberg rushed for 59 yards on 16 carries, and led the Foresters with three receptions for 32 yards. The dual threat runningback also improved his pass blocking significantly. Stenberg played his prep football at Grand Haven High School.

Defensie: Junior Defensive Lineman, Casey Flynn (Morristown, NJ). Flynn had a career day on Saturday, recording interception to end back to back Carroll drives. Flynn's first interception was off of a tipped ball by Kenny Clady-Mason. The next series after a timeout, Flynn dropped back into coverage after and intercepted the Pioneer pass that was deflected by Luke Butts. Flynn also recorded three tackles on the day. Flynn played his prep football at Morristown High School.

Special Teams: Junior Wide Receiver, Kevin Davis (South Elgin, IL). Davis recorded three solo tackles on punt coverage, and forced two fair catches on the day. His tremendous coverage ability held the Pioneer return game to 20 yards on four returns, including one tackle for a loss of yardage. Davis played his high school football at South Elgin High School.

Scout Team: Freshman Defensive Lineman, Austin Tijerina (Coral Springs, FL). Austin had a great week working against our offensive line representing the Carroll pass rush. Austin, who made the move to the interior defensive line early in the season is making significant strides in his understanding of the position. Tijerina played his prep football at Marjory Stoneham Douglas High School in Parkland, FL.