PREVIEW: Storm look to spoil homecoming at Coe

PREVIEW: Storm look to spoil homecoming at Coe

Simpson (2-3, 1-1 IIAC) at Coe (2-3, 1-1 IIAC)

Saturday, Oct. 17 | 2 p.m. | Clark Field

RADIO: KNIA 1320 AM/95.3 FM

New for the 2015 season, all Storm football games can be heard on KNIA/KRLS out of Knoxville, Iowa. Indianola resident Rick Wilson will have the call on AM 1320 and FM 95.3, with Simpson senior Brock Borgeson providing the color commentary. Fans can also listen online at or on their mobile device by downloading the KNIA app.

Fall is here, and Saturday will fee like true football weather. The Weather Channel calls for mostly sunny skies and a high of 56 degrees with a light breeze blowing out of the West. Kickoff temperature will be 55 degrees.

Two teams with identical records coming off a loss look to get back in the Iowa Conference race. Simpson running back Jordan Beem is coming off back-to-back three TD performances while Coe quarterback Josh Rekers looks to continue his success against the Storm defense. The senior has thrown for 567 yards and four TDs with just one INT in two starts against Simpson.

Simpson and Coe meet for the 40th time in a series that dates back to the 1910 season … Coe leads the all-time series 25-14 and has won 10 of the last 11 … Simpson's 41-38 win at Coe in 2013 snapped a nine-game losing streak in the series … Simpson is 6-14 against the Kohawks at Coe.

Simpson: Jim Glogowski, eighth season, 35-40 at Simpson, 1-6 vs. Coe
Coe: Steve Staker, eighth season, 53-26 at Coe, 6-2 vs. Simpson 

Jordan Beem surpassed 100 yards rushing and scored three touchdowns for the second week in a row, but a five-yard touchdown run by Maurece Herrion with 44 seconds left in the game lifted Dubuque to a 31-24, comeback win last Saturday. Herrion ran for 86 yards and two scores and Rio Johnson threw for 367 yards as the Spartans (3-2, 2-0 Iowa Conference) spoiled Homecoming at Buxton Stadium. Dubuque trailed 14-3 in the third quarter but outscored Simpson 28-7 down the stretch. Beem ran for 119 yards and two touchdowns and caught a 77-yard throwback for a touchdown, giving him six over the past two games. Caleb Frye threw for 275 yards for the Storm (2-3, 1-1), who racked up 499 yards of total offense in the loss. Adrean Johnson led the defense with nine tackles while Abe Wolfe and Jake Stearns had eight each. Stearns and Clay Finley each recorded a sack and Patrick Steffen had a pass breakup.

On allowing four pass plays of 30-plus yards in last week's 31-24 loss to Dubuque: "We have to do a great job of reading our keys. We have to be more locked into those things … that's how you prevent big plays. And, ultimately, when the ball is in the air you have to make a play on it."

Coe is 2-3 overall and 1-1 in the Iowa Conference after a 31-14 loss to No. 6 Wartburg on the road last Saturday … Saturday marks Coe's Iowa Conference home opener after trips to Wartburg and Loras … two of Coe's three losses have come against Top 10 opponents. Coe opened the year with a 52-14 loss to No. 7 Wheaton before losing 31-14 to No. 6 Wartburg last week. Their third loss was a 34-31 setback to UW-Stevens Point, which is currently 3-2 in the tough Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference … in his third season as a starter, veteran quarterback Josh Rekers has developed into the one of the top signal callers in the league. The senior leads the IIAC with 325.8 yards per game and completes better than 68 percent of his passes. On the negative side his six INTs are second-most in the league behind Wartburg's Logan Schrader … Trevor Heitland is the top receiving option for Rekers out of the slot, making 36 catches for 440 yards and one TD. On the outside, 6-foot-1 Elijah Phillips has 28 catches and two TDs while three of sophomore Demetrius Harper's 10 catches have been for scores … physical running back Sam Lahr carries the load in the run game. The 6-2, 190-pounder averages 5.3 yards per rush and has gone over 100 yards twice this season … defensively, Coe ranks sixth in the league in scoring defense, allowing 29.4 ppg … senior cornerback Dillon Daniel leads the IIAC with nine pass breakups but is still in search of his first INT … linebacker Mark Atwater leads the team with 37 tackles.

Sophomore quarterback Caleb Frye is settling into his starting role. Splitting time with Sammy Sasso through the first three weeks of the season, Frye threw for just 263 yards and completed 52 percent of his passes. In the two games since, Frye has thrown for 436 yards and a completion clip of 70 percent. He set career-highs in completions (20) and yards (275) in last week's loss to Dubuque.

After struggling on third down the first three weeks of the season, Simpson has found its stride. The Storm rank second in the IIAC in third-down conversions, converting 44.3 percent of the time (31 of 70).

Clay Finley, Isaac Frazier and Chris McKinnon make up one of the most formidable defensive lines in the Iowa Conference. Finley (3rd, 3.0) and Frazier (t-4th, 2.75) rank in the top five in the league in sacks while McKinnon is tied for the league lead with two forced fumbles. The trio, along with tackle Jake Stearns, account for 16.5 of Simpson's 33 tackles for loss.

Drew Jensen missed his first career extra point in the week four loss to Elmhurst. Since then, he has made 8 of 8 extra points and hit all three field goal attempts, including a career-long 40-yarder in the week five win over Buena Vista. The 2014 honorable mention all-IIAC performer tied a school record by going a perfect 19-for-19 on PATs last season.

Sophomore Davey Jergens made a big impression in the first full varsity contest of his career, scoring three touchdown on just seven touches in the season opener against Wis.-River Falls. He caught a 63-yard TD, ran for a 56-yard TD and bowled in from 2-yards out. The 56-yard scamper was the game-winner against the Falcons.

Junior running back Jordan Beem has rushed for over 100 yards in three of the first five games, including in each of the last two weeks. He opened the season with 121 yards against Wis.-River Falls, then ran for a career-best 184 yards against Buena Vista. He had 119 yards against Dubuque last week. He has scored three touchdowns in each of the last two games.

The Storm snapped a forgettable seven-game losing streak by winning the season-opener against Wisconsin-River Falls on Sept. 5. Simpson started the 2014 season 3-0 before a rash of injuries led to a 0-7 finish to the campaign. Now, Simpson is looking for its first Iowa Conference win since Nov. 16, 2013.

Simpson players have taken home hardware in 2015.

RB Davey Jergens – IIAC Offensive Player of the Week/Male Athlete of the Week [9/6]
RB Jordan Beem – IIAC Offensive Player of the Week [10/4]

The coaches picked Simpson to tie for seventh in the league, according to the IIAC Preseason Coaches' Poll. Simpson and Buena Vista each received 22 votes. Wartburg topped the poll with 56 points, including seven first-place votes. Complete Poll: 1. Wartburg (7), 56; 2. Central (1), 50; 3. Coe, 43; 4. Dubuque, 38; 5. Luther, 26; 6. Loras, 23; t7. Simpson, 22; t7. Buena Vista, 22.

Three Simpson football players were named to the USA College Football D-III Preseason All-America Team prior to the season. Senior Center Corey Meyer was named to the first team, senior offensive lineman Blake Bergstrom earned a spot on the second team and junior running back Jordan Beem landed on the second team as a returner and third team as a running back.

Eighth-year head coach Jim Glogowski passed R.G. "Hap" Miller for second on Simpson's all-time wins list with the Storm's 43-13 win over Buena Vista on Oct. 3 … Glowgoski is now 35-40 since taking over in 2008 … Jim Williams holds the record for career wins, going 106-48-1 during his 15-year career from 1987-2001.

Simpson has just two team captains in 2015: wide receiver Nate Connealy and defensive end Clay Finley. Both fifth-year seniors were granted an extra year of eligibility after suffering season-ending injuries early in 2014. Both were team captains a year ago and both have earned all-IIAC accolades in the past. Finley earned second team honors in 2013 while Connealy was an honorable mention pick the same season. 

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