News From Terre Haute, Indiana

Sports

November 4, 2012

Engineers' quick-strike offense on display in 42-8 win over Anderson

TERRE HAUTE — Rose-Hulman isn’t in a hurry for its 2012 college football season to be over. Its offense is just in a hurry all the time.

The quick-striking Engineers had Saturday’s Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference game against visiting Anderson virtually decided before the first quarter was over at Phil Brown Field, eventually settling for a 42-8 win in which probably every healthy Engineer — unfortunately, that’s not as long a list as it should be — got at least some playing time.

Freshman Aaron Abbott, a little more of an offensive focus than usual because of a scarcity at his position, put his name in the Rose-Hulman record book with four touchdown receptions, tying a school record held by Hall of Fame Ed Huonder, and he did so in less than three quarters.

The Engineers never did need much time to score, however. They had a 14-3 lead early in the first quarter after their offense had been on the field only 45 seconds, and two more of their touchdown drives were quicker than that.

“That’s always what we try to do,” Rose-Hulman coach Jeff Sokol said afterward when asked about his team’s Oregon-like pace. “We wanted to try to tire [Anderson’s] defense out … try to get an advantage by that.”

“We have a lot of quick plays,” Abbott agreed. “We try to catch [the other team] off-guard. We get the passes out quick and there are a lot of lead blockers … I had a lot of open air out there today.”

The Rose defense actually scored first. Anderson’s first three offensive plays were two incomplete passes and a sack — quarterback Colton Priser in serious jeopardy on all three — followed by a punt from the 11-yard line that was blocked by Shane Boschert and recovered in the end zone by Greg Lee.

The visiting Ravens connected on a desperation pass that enabled them to manage a field goal on their second possession, but Lee’s 35-yard kickoff return and a halfback pass by Kyle Kovach set up Abbott’s first touchdown — a 14-yarder from Mitch Snyder — 45 seconds later.

When the Ravens fumbled the ensuing kickoff, the Engineers were in position again, although it took them a whopping 2:47 to get the 28 yards to the end zone. Two penalties (of Rose’s 15 for the day) delayed the score — one of them wiping out a touchdown run by Abbott — but Abbott got himself wide-open for a 27-yard strike from Snyder on a fourth-down play. After nine minutes the score was 21-3.

Rose bogged down for awhile after that, but did manage a 57-yard, 38-second drive in the final minute of the first half, scoring on a 1-yard run by Kovach, then a 58-yard, 44-second drive after the second-half kickoff.

Abbott got that touchdown, eluding a couple of tacklers along the way, and tied Huonder’s record with a 19-yard catch and run later in the quarter.

“That’s awesome,” Abbott said when informed he’d tied a school record. “This is an experience … I’ve never had anything like this [in college].”

Abbott was probably targeted more than usual because his classmate Jacob Dye — are there two more promising freshman wideouts in all of NCAA Division III? — was one of the sidelined Engineers. In addition to the touchdowns he had 10 receptions for 166 yards, ran three times for 21 yards and had a 51-yard kickoff return. Eluding tacklers is something he’s used to, Sokol indicated.

“He’s one of our really good young players,” the coach said. “We challenged him [in Dye’s absence], asked him to step up and make plays, and he responded.

“He was a running back in high school, and he might still be one here,” Sokol added, “but he’s doing such a good job at receiver, it’ll be tough to move him.”

The Rose-Hulman defense was playing fast on Saturday too, by the way. With sophomore linebacker Grant DePalma a constant presence in the Anderson backfield, the visitors never got time for a consistent passing attack and got most of their rushing yards in the fourth quarter, with many new Engineers on the field.

“We had a good game plan,” said DePalma, who finished with eight tackles, two sacks, three other tackles for loss and a quarterback hurry that caused Priser to leave the game. “I was just being opportunistic at times, and finding the quarterback.

“No touchdowns, so it was a great game [for the defense],” he added. “I wish those field goals weren’t up there, but I’m absolutely happy.”

The Engineers as a whole are happy about the way their season is ending, but no doubt wish there were a couple of earlier games they could play over.

“We feel we’re the second-best team in the conference. We had a one-point loss, two overtime losses, one game where we blew a 20-point lead in the fourth quarter,” Sokol said ruefully. “But from where we were at, if we finish with three wins [the Engineers will be favored in their season finale next week with Earlham] it would be huge, and leave us feeling good about where we’re at.”

“We’re on the uprise,” said DePalma. “We only have a couple of seniors on defense, and we obviously did well today.”

“We can’t be complacent,” added Abbott, “but we need to keep rising, and that starts again [today].”

• Vikings in the house — West Vigo graduate John Burt had three tackles and broke up a pass in his usual spot as a starting cornerback for Rose-Hulman, but saw a former teammate in the other uniform.

Freshman Harley Elkins saw some late action as a defensive lineman for Anderson, and helped set up the last two points of the game. He made the stop on an Engineer shovel pass for a 4-yard loss at the 2-yard line, and the Ravens got a safety on the next play.

 

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports
  • PREP ROUNDUP: North girls tennis wins 5-0 at Plainfield

    Terre Haute North’s girls tennis team swept its opening match of the high school season as it defeated Plainfield 5-0 on Wednesday.

    April 16, 2014

  • SPT041614 SMWC jordan.jpg Saint Mary-of-the-Woods sweeps doubleheader over Rose-Hulman

    Over the years, defeating its crosstown rival has not usually been easy for Saint Mary-of-the-Woods or Rose-Hulman when they’ve met in college softball.
    But on Wednesday afternoon at The Woods, the home team made its doubleheader sweep look easy to first-year coach Mark Feller with five-inning decisions of 10-0 and 11-1.

    April 16, 2014 3 Photos

  • SPT 041614 ROSSELLI REX.jpg Rex looking to expand fan base in 2014

    Bruce Rosselli, part of the new Terre Haute Rex ownership group as well as the team’s general manager, hopes to build the fan base in the first year.
    The Rex, who have returning sponsorships from Clabber Girl, Union Hospital and Old National Bank, among others, want to appeal to more baseball fans from outside Vigo County.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT 030714 ODUM 02O'LEARY.jpg Terre Haute North grad O'Leary to transfer from Loyola

    Matt O’Leary is one of three men's basketball players at Loyola recently granted a release from his scholarship from the Missouri Valley Conference school.
    The former Terre Haute North standout told the Tribune-Star he doesn’t yet know his next move.

    April 16, 2014 3 Photos

  • Rose-Hulman, Woods to face off on softball diamond

    The Rose-Hulman softball team will visit a familiar foe today when the Engineers take on crosstown rival Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in a nonleague doubleheader.

    April 15, 2014

  • AMEY TAKES AIM: Loss of Coach Bennett leaves hole in Marshall

    My email box is a little less busy now, and there’ll be a familiar face missing on basketball trips to Marshall in the future.

    April 15, 2014

  • ISU baseball holds off Eastern Illinois for 24th win

    Indiana State freshman left-hander Ryan Keaffaber won his first game as a Sycamore and senior catcher Mike Fitzgerald went 3 for 3 as ISU defeated host Eastern Illinois 6-4 in college baseball Tuesday.

    April 15, 2014

  • SPT 041414 ERINN SUTTON2.jpg Driving to victory

    College golf, Indiana State coach Greg Towne indicated Monday afternoon, is all about the process.

    April 14, 2014 3 Photos

  • QFRGGNSQNGORIUF.jpg ISU losing Ragland to Bowling Green St.

    David Ragland was the first person Indiana State men’s basketball coach Greg Lansing hired to his staff when he became the Sycamores’ head coach in 2010.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • For $164M, Pacers agree to 13 more years in Indy

    The Pacers’ biggest win so far this season came Monday — off the court.

    April 14, 2014

Local Interest
  • METRO ROUNDUP: Waltman's funeral Saturday at Indianapolis

    Royce Waltman’s visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at St. Luke’s Methodist Church at 100 E. 86th Street, Indianapolis.

    April 10, 2014

  • METRO ROUNDUP: Burnham leads Woods softball to wins

    After dropping a pair of games to Missouri Baptist on Wednesday, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods beat Lindenwood-Belleville 9-7 and 1-0, both games in eight innings, on Thursday afternoon.
    Sarah Burnham’s seventh-inning homer in the first game tied the score 4-4, and the Pomeroys took a 5-4 lead later in the inning on an RBI double by Brooke Jordan before the Lynx tied the score in the bottom of the inning.

    March 21, 2014

  • METRO ROUNDUP: ISU softball splits pair in Florida

    Pitching dominated Tuesday’s opening day of play in the Rebel Spring Games for the Indiana State softball team, which defeated Bucknell 2-0 before falling 2-0 to Creighton.
    “The girls did a great job in the first game getting a couple runs,” ISU coach Shane Bouman said. “We leaned on [sophomore] Yvette Alvarez who pitched really well. We probably got as much as we could out of her and probably should have changed earlier so put that on me. We have a couple little things we can clean up and get a little better and we will be ready to go tomorrow.”

    March 11, 2014

  • Tony Dungy, wife Lauren signing books today in Terre Haute

    Former NFL coach Tony Dungy and his wife, Lauren, are at Sam’s Club in Terre Haute today, Feb. 12, signing books until about 1:30 p.m.

    February 12, 2014

  • Vigo County Jail Log: Feb. 7, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the Vigo County Jail by area law enforcement on Thursday, based on jail records.

    February 7, 2014

High School
College
SPT041614 SMWC jordan.jpg

Tribune-Star/Jim Avelis In command: Saint Mary-of-the-Woods pitcher Brooke Jordan delivers a pitch early in the Pomeroy�s sweep of Rose-Hulman Wednesday afternoon on the Pomeroy�s diamond.

  • Saint Mary-of-the-Woods sweeps doubleheader over Rose-Hulman

    Over the years, defeating its crosstown rival has not usually been easy for Saint Mary-of-the-Woods or Rose-Hulman when they’ve met in college softball.
    But on Wednesday afternoon at The Woods, the home team made its doubleheader sweep look easy to first-year coach Mark Feller with five-inning decisions of 10-0 and 11-1.

    April 16, 2014 3 Photos

  • SPT 030714 ODUM 02O'LEARY.jpg Terre Haute North grad O'Leary to transfer from Loyola

    Matt O’Leary is one of three men's basketball players at Loyola recently granted a release from his scholarship from the Missouri Valley Conference school.
    The former Terre Haute North standout told the Tribune-Star he doesn’t yet know his next move.

    April 16, 2014 3 Photos

  • Rose-Hulman, Woods to face off on softball diamond

    The Rose-Hulman softball team will visit a familiar foe today when the Engineers take on crosstown rival Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in a nonleague doubleheader.

    April 15, 2014

  • ISU baseball holds off Eastern Illinois for 24th win

    Indiana State freshman left-hander Ryan Keaffaber won his first game as a Sycamore and senior catcher Mike Fitzgerald went 3 for 3 as ISU defeated host Eastern Illinois 6-4 in college baseball Tuesday.

    April 15, 2014

  • Top returners lead Cream over Crimson in Hoosiers' spring game

    The Cream team at Saturday’s Cream and Crimson intrasquad game had Indiana’s top returning rusher and receiver and the Hoosiers’ top-rated passer from last season.
    No surprise, then, that Tevin Coleman, Shane Wynn and Tre Roberson guided the Cream to a resounding 24-14 win over the Crimson.

    April 12, 2014

Sports Columns
Pro Sports
Terre Haute Rex
SPT 041614 ROSSELLI REX.jpg

Tribune-Star/Joseph C. Garza Expanding the fan base: Bruce Rosselli, manager of the Terre Haute Rex, displays the team's new slogan, Wabash Valley's Own, during a press conference on Wednesday at Clabber Girl.

Colts
Colts Owner Arrested _Ter .jpg

This file mug shot provided by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department shows Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay after he was arrested Sunday night, March 16, 2014. Police say Irsay had $29,000 in cash with him when he was arrested last week on suspicion of intoxicated driving. The Indianapolis Star reports it obtained the Carmel police documents on Irsay's March 16 arrest through a public records request. (AP Photo/Hamilton County Sherriff's Department)

Auto Racing
bb8991b19af8b067e44478c_.jpg

Latest News
TribStar.com Poll
AP Video
Passengers Abuzz After Plane Hits Swarm of Bees Hundreds Missing After South Korean Ferry Sinks Boston Bomb Scare Defendant Appears in Court Raw: Ferry Sinks Off South Korean Coast Disbanding Muslim Surveillance Draws Praise Pistorius Trial: Adjourned Until May 5 Diaz Gets Physical for New Comedy Raw: Fatal Ferry Boat Accident Freeze Leaves Florida Panhandle With Dead Trees Miley Cyrus Still in Hospital, Cancels 2nd Show Are School Dress Codes Too Strict? New York Auto Show Highlights Latest in Car Tech Town, Victims Remember Texas Blast Raw: Three Rare White Tiger Cubs Debut at Zoo New York Auto Show Highlights Latest in Car Tech Pope's Relic on Wheels Departs to Rome Raw: Urinator Causes Portland to Flush Reservoir At Boston Marathon, a Chance to Finally Finish Raw: Storm Topples RVs Near Miss. Gulf Coast Suspicious Bags Found Near Marathon Finish Line
NDN Video
Jenny McCarthy Engaged to "New Kid" Kate and Will Land in Oz Boston Bomb Scare Defendant Appears in Court Bay Area Teen Gets Prom Date With Help From 'Breaking Bad' Star Behind The Tanlines Jersey Strong Part 1 WATCH: Women Fight To Marry Prince Harry! O’Reilly Launches Preemptive Strike Against CBS Pixar Unveils Easter Eggs From its Biggest Movies Baby Sloths Squeak for Their Cuddle Partners in Adorable Video Miley Cyrus Hospitalized After Severe Reaction To Medicine Raw: Ferry Sinks Off South Korean Coast Toddler climbs into vending machine 8-year-old Boy Gets His Wish: Fly Like Iron Man Much-Anticipated 'Gone Girl' Trailer Finally Debuts! (VIDEO) Dog and Toddler Wear Matching Outfits in Adorable Photo Series VP Biden: "World witnesses ordinary citizens doing extraordinary things" It's Official! Michael Strahan Joins "GMA" Blood Moon Time-lapse Actress Lake Bell Goes Topless The Five Weirdest Local Taxes in America
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -

     

    March 12, 2010

activity
Real Estate News