Football: Raiders, Oles win; Knights nearly upset St. Johns.

The Raiders staged a big comeback to win their homecoming game, rallying from 6-18 to win 21-18 over New Prague.

A second half with emotion, shutout defense and big plays proved to be the catalyst for the Raiders in a homecoming victory. Northfield out-scored New Prague 15-0 in the second half, didn't let Weiers make a big play in the last 24 minutes and improved to 2-2 in the Missota Conference.

The Oles rolled to 5-0 on the season, crushing Gustavus Adolphus 59-19 . Their next game is shaping up to be a historic rumble with 5-0 St. Johns...

Matt Penz threw for 362 yards and six touchdowns, including four to Andrew Schmiesing, as No. 19/23 St. Olaf routed Gustavus Adolphus 59-19 on Saturday afternoon at Manitou Field.

And the Knights nearly made history, coming within 59 seconds and three points of their biggest upset in school history against St. Johns:

Henfling hooked up with Chris Gardner (Jr./Gaylord, Minn./Sibley East) who advanced the ball down to the two-yard line. Henfling then ran straight ahead to reach the end zone, giving Carleton a 7-0 lead with 3:16 left in the third quarter.

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St John's always falls apart

St John's always falls apart when weather and field conditions are bad. The Oles should pray for rain on Saturday.

Oles have a shot vs. St. Johns

You know, I think that the Oles have a good shot at this, even without bad weather. They've been playing great football recently.

Prediction Oles: 27 Johnnies: 18

If the Oles don't get greedy

Carleton's brilliance was in the bend-not-break defensive strategy. Give 'em 4, 6, 10, 12 yards at a crack, but not the big gain break-away. If the Oles don't try to match the Johnnies throw for throw, they'll have a good shot.

St.Olaf Football team wins the MIAC in 2007?

I don't think the Oles have even had a share of the MIAC title since the 1979 season. Am I wrong? The only reason I remember that it because one of my brothers was a Co-Captain on that team. I am not a an Ole. However, I did play football for an MIAC team. It's not easy to win at St. John's. I will even be an Ole fan for the day on Saturday. Soooo. Oles! Don't choke! Beat St. John's and win the MIAC. You are waaay over-due...

Oles a no class team

I was at the St. Olaf-Gustavus game on Saturday afternoon and the Olaf team is full of no class individuals led by their head coach, Chris Meidt. With seven penalties and at least 3 unsportsman-like conduct just the start of a long list of actions that show the lack of respect for the game and their opponent. The main issue being the the Olaf's coaching stuff choice to thrown every down when up by 30 points mid-way through the 3rd quarter. I understand there is alot of time left and comebacks may happen-but there is no reason to throw everyday for the sake of "padding stats" in order to make new claims. Meidt should be ashamed of himself, his staff, and the school should be ashamed for allowing this to happen-although we shouldn't be surprised that St. Olaf is at the front of using inflated stats to promote itself. Oh by the way, St John's is going to defeat St Olaf no problem and don't worry if it does rain in Collegeville-St Johns plays on the new FieldTurf, so no luck for mud.

Im sorry Northfield, dont

Im sorry Northfield, dont you guys have a heroin problem? Sounds classy. Who are you to judge these "classless thugs from the ghettos of Florida?" Oh and if you have met any of these men you would realize that they are "good ol' southern boys". The whole bashing on Chris Meidt is a great man who helps mold and shape his team into fine young men. The reason why the scores get so high is because he can not help if the second and third string keep scoring. Also by throwing back in the first string is a sign to the other coach that if he is going to try and throw the ball in the fourth quarter when being down by 30 or more then we will answer them right back to take away that momentum. I recall 4 years ago the come from behind win over Luther scoring 32 unanswered points in the second half making it 32-31 Oles. Oh ya and for the person who wants to talk about personal fouls, why don't we bring up #31 for the Gusties who hit our quarterback after a run play and the quarterback was already looking for the next play. Wait #31 was a captain too, wow that sure shows class.

potential "biggest upset in school history" (Carleton)

Adam, did you get my comment about the biggest upset, which was Carleton over the U of Chicago in 1916??? Susan

Didn't get it

Nope, I didn't get it. Did you send it by email?

1916 upset

Yes, I did. Oh well. I will just call attention to the Northfield Entertainment Guide column "Historic Happenings" for October which has the details of what truly was the biggest football upset in Carleton's history-- 7-0 over the Univ. of Chicago in Chicago in 1916. The Northfield News headline says it all: Chicago Astounded. Just as Michigan was astounded by Appalachian State this year.
SHv

Oles

It sounds like the Oles have recruited a bunch of classless thugs from the ghettos of Florida. I really hope they try to maintain their proud tradition of the 1960s - 1990s. Winning with ringers is a hollow reward.

Brave enough to say it.

Okay, I'm going to catch a lot of flack for this one, but I'm the only one with enough cajones in this small town to say what we're all thinking.

I don't know that these boys are Lutheran.

I hear you talking about it in whispers. I hear it floating from the lips of little old ladies on Sundays. "Presbyterians", they sneer. "Methodists, maybe." I have even heard crazy talk about whether or not they're even Protestants. This has to stop.

Okay, I admit to not being the only one chilled to the core to think of the Lutheran girls going to that school, falling in with Those Types, you know what I'm talking about, having children so horribly mangled - half Unitarian, for God's sake. WHO WILL ACCEPT THEM? NO ONE. Look, I'm doing us all a favor by just laying it out on the line like this.

It needed to be said. I'm sorry.

Brave enough to say what

Ya hey guess what there is even a Jew on the team. He is going out with a Lutheran girl too. We have plenty of diversity on our team and there is not one word said about what religion you are. If you were to be around the Oles they are a family and have something that these other MIAC teams and even teams around the country do not have.

You missed the joke.

You totally missed the joke.

classless?

Im sorry Northfield, dont you guys have a heroin problem? Sounds classy. Who are you to judge these "classless thugs from the ghettos of Florida?" Oh and if you have met any of these men you would realize that they are "good ol' southern boys". The whole bashing on Chris Meidt is a great man who helps mold and shape his team into fine young men. The reason why the scores get so high is because he can not help if the second and third string keep scoring. Also by throwing back in the first string is a sign to the other coach that if he is going to try and throw the ball in the fourth quarter when being down by 30 or more then we will answer them right back to take away that momentum. I recall 4 years ago the come from behind win over Luther scoring 32 unanswered points in the second half making it 32-31 Oles. Oh ya and for the person who wants to talk about personal fouls, why don't we bring up #31 for the Gusties who hit our quarterback after a run play and the quarterback was already looking for the next play. Wait #31 was a captain too, wow that sure shows class.