Athletic News

January 11, 2010
For immediate release:

Huntingdon College
News Release

Huntingdon Football Team Earns Division III Total Offense Statistical Championship

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.—For the second consecutive season, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has announced that the Huntingdon football team will be awarded a statistical championship, as the Hawks’ offensive unit led all Division III institutions in total offense.

Huntingdon finished the 2009 campaign averaging 561.0 yards of total offense, averaging 236.8 yards per game on the ground and 324.2 yards through the air. The total was more than 33 yards better than Monmouth College in Illinois, which finish second. Perennial D-III powerhouse Mount Union ranked third.

“This award is a credit to our player’s attention to detail and the effort they gave all season long,” head coach Mike Turk said. “Our coaches prepared our team for every game, but players had to go out and execute the plays. This is without a doubt a team accomplishment and something that we are very proud of.”

Among all divisions of the NCAA, the Hawks ranked second in total offense, trailing only the University of Houston, which averaged 563.4 yards per contest and was quarterbacked by record-setting signal caller Case Keenum. Huntingdon was also one of just eight NCAA institutions to average better than 500 yards of total offense each game.

This season, the Hawks amassed 500 or more total yards in their final seven games of the season, including a school-record total of 784 in their victory at Westminster. Huntingdon also finished with 693 yards in its win at Birmingham-Southern, while posting better than 460 total yards in nine of 10 games.

Individually, senior quarterback Justin Ridgeway led the Hawks in total offense and ranked fifth in the nation with an average of 341.4 yards per game. Fellow senior Alex Baronich averaged 113.3 yards per game.

The statistical championship marked the second in as many years for the Hawks, who led Division III in kickoff return average with a mark of 26.55 yards per game during the 2008 season.

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Tim Lutz
Sports Information Director
Phone: (334) 833-4579
tlutz@huntingdon.edu

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Hodge Patterson
Sports Information Director
Phone: (334) 833-4579
hpatterson@huntingdon.edu


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