School Spirit Motivates Auggie Football To Break Records

Jasmine Johnson, contributor

Photo of Augsburg Football Team against St. Olaf on Oct. 2, taken by Jasmine Johnson

On Homecoming weekend, Augsburg saw a beautiful awakening of school spirit, something that was dormant the year before due to COVID-19. If you participated in that Saturday’s homecoming festivities, you would have also seen students’ hard work put into the delicious Taste Of Augsburg out in Murphy Square, the Augsburg wrestling team competing in the traditional bean bag toss competition, and next to it, lines of tailgate tents full of even more proud parents and happy athletes. 

The most beautiful sight to see was the stadium full of maroon gear and hot dogs, where we all gathered to see our ferocious football team absolutely dominate the field in a wild Homecoming game against St. Olaf, where Augsburg topped the 50-point mark for the second week in a row, winning by doubling St. Olaf’s points with a score of 28-56. Although the game seemed unpredictable by halftime with a score of 21-28, Augsburg took the game into their own hands by the end of the third quarter, with two touchdowns, and scored two more in the fourth quarter.

In the first quarter of the game, there was a tense yet strong hold on the defensive end. To start off the competitive game, we saw a beautiful 13-yard pass made by Augsburg’s #8, Cade Sheehan to #6, Braden Tretter. Proceeding a slow first quarter, we saw a very aggressive second quarter, where Isaiah Thompson scored a three-yard touchdown to make it 13-0. St. Olaf answered back with a touchdown of their own to make it 13-7. St. Olaf scored another two touchdowns, and Augsburg proceeded to score two more touchdowns, making the score 21-28 by halftime.

In the third quarter, they opened it up by scoring a receiving touchdown from Sheehan to put Augsburg out in front by two touchdowns. Sheehan then hooked up with Tretter from 18 yards out, giving Augsburg a commanding 42-28 lead. In the fourth quarter, Sheenan and Dominic Smith were not done yet, as Smith cut a 15-yard score from Sheenan early in the fourth quarter. Tre Lee had the final score for Augsburg with a two-yard touchdown run.

In the game we saw some new records being made, especially by Sheehan, who completed 35-of-51 passes for 405 yards and six touchdowns with zero interceptions, which racked up an even 500 yards – 405 passing and 95 rushing – of offense in the win. His six touchdown effort tied with Augsburg’s previous single game school record – originally set by his own Auggie Football coach, Derrin Lamker, during a 1997 game against St. Olaf. Sheehan was also named as MIAC Football Offensive Player of the Week that day. 

Augsburg Football’s next home game will be on Oct. 16 against Macalester College at 1pm.