Football 1981 Archive

Overall: 6-4
MIAC: 5-3 (4th place)

Season Review

“The Gusties gave a fine effort this year, despite fumbles which hurt us in key games,” said Head Coach Denny Raarup of the Gustavus 1981 football squad. Although the Gusties did not participate in the district tournament, they were lead by team captains Neal Hagberg, Tom Franz, and Jim Bjork to a 6-4 MIAC record which put them in fourth place.

Key contributors to this year’s squad were Craig Bitter, who was the leading scorer with 44 points; Greg Laszewski, who was named MVP and made All-Conference along with Dave Najarian and Bob Surbrook. Najarian and Laszewski also achieved All-District 13 honors.

Highlights of the season were the Gustie shut-outs of St. Olaf and Mayville State College, and defeating St. John’s at their Homecoming.

1981 MIAC Final Standings
Team W L T
Concordia 8 0 0
St. John's 6 2 0
St. Thomas 6 2 0
GUSTAVUS 5 3 0
Augsburg 3 5 0
St. Olaf 2 6 0
Hamline 2 6 0
Bethel 2 6 0
Macalester 2 6 0
1981 Final Results (6-4-0, 5-3-0)
GA Opponent
16 UW-LaCrosse 26
54 Macalester 14
16 Bethel 6
0 St. Thomas 24
14 St. John’s 10
14 Augsburg 15
23 St. Olaf 0
48 Hamline 14
14 Mayville State 0
3 Concordia 17
1981 Roster
Number Name Year Position Hometown
1 Jim O’Neill SO K Crystal, Minn.
2 Eric Lande FR QB Brooklyn Park, Minn.
3 Michael Capozzi FR DB Lake Forest, Illinois
4 Kevin Max FR DB Gaylord, Minn.
5 Duncan Puffer SR RB St. Paul, Minn.
6 Jim Macaulay SR DE Moose Lake, Minn.
7 Steve Erickson SO DB Minnetonka, Minn.
8 Tom Kleist SO RB Brooklyn Park, Minn.
9 Mark Bartlett SO QB St. Peter, Minn.
10 Mark Illies FR DB Mound, Minn.
11 Todd Osmundson JR QB Aurora, Minn.
12 Roger Yost SO P LeRoy, Minn.
13 Tom Franz SR DE Edina, Minn.
14 Neal Hagberg SR QB Montevideo, Minn.
15 Brett Aamot JR RB Willmar, Minn.
16 Scott Swanson FR QB Robbinsdale, Minn.
17 Mark Erickson SO SE Long Lake, Minn.
18 Rob Baker FR SE Blue Earth, Minn.
19 Jim Van Overbeke FR SE Hutchinson, Minn.
20 Scott Youngblom SO DB St. Peter, Minn.
21 Bruce Bade SR DB Arlington, Minn.
22 Phil Skow SO DB Mountain Lake, Minn.
23 Kent Johnson SO RB Sidney, Montana
24 Jeff Braun FR RB Meadowlands, Minn.
25 Jeff Pedersen SO DB St. Peter, Minn.
26 Craig Bitter SO RB Eden Prairie, Minn.
27 Bill Wavrin JR DB Ely, Minn.
28 Joel Pederson FR DB Amboy, Minn.
29 Tim Dittberner SR DB Oakdale, Minn.
30 Jim Bjork SR RB Rochester, Minn.
31 David Erlandson SO SE Fridley, Minn.
32 Rick Straka FR RB St. Peter, Minn.
33 Rodrick Collins FR RB Philadelphia, Penn.
34 Phil Goeres SO SE Minneapolis, Minn.
35 Barry Davies FR TE Faribault, Minn.
36 Vince Hartman FR RB Roseville, Minn.
37 Don Ryan JR DE Brainerd, Minn.
38 Doug Anderson JR RB Willmar, Minn.
39 Jim Alexander SO RB Rochester, Minn.
40 Ron Nelson SO DB Mankato, Minn.
41 Greg Laszewski SR DB/P Roseville, Minn.
42 Alan Hughes SO RB St. Peter, Minn.
43 Rolf Erickson SO DB St. Louis Park, Minn.
44 Jeff Schuldt FR LB Faribault, Minn.
45 Laine Sletta JR LB New Ulm, Minn.
46 Randy Richert FR DB Hartland, Wisc.
47 Tracy Bahl SO RB Faribault, Minn.
48 Mike Dille FR RB Minnetonka, Minn.
49 Terry Petersen SO LB Belgrade, Minn.
50 Matt Hammerlund FR OL Maple Plain, Minn.
51 Scott Croonquist FR LB Willmar, Minn.
52 Craig Barron FR DE Edina, Minn.
53 Kelly Bevans SR DT Minneapolis, Minn.
54 Mark Lantz FR LB Lake Crystal, Minn.
55 Charlie Farrow SR NG Rochester, Minn.
56 Dave Magee JR OG Lyle, Minn.
57 Mark Rodning FR OL Bloomington, Minn.
58 Scott Fritz FR OL Lino Lakes, Minn.
59 Tom Kern FR OL Mankato, Minn.
60 Paul Hodnefield JR OL Bloomington, Minn.
61 Dave Burns FR OL Chicago, Illinois
62 Tom Dahl SO OG/NG/K/P St. Paul, Minn.
63 Mark Johnson SO OG Gibbon, Minn.
64 Turhan Gushiniere FR NG Chicago, Illinois
65 Brian Dahl JR C Mankato, Minn.
66 Greg Backstrom SO OG Fairmont, Minn.
67 Steve Dahl FR OL Mankato, Minn.
68 Bob Holmes SR OG Manitowoc, Wisc.
69 Ron Lutes JR OG/C Minneapolis, Minn.
70 Bob Surbrook SR OT Eau Claire, Wisc.
71 Dan Sadloske SR OG Bloomington, Minn.
72 Kurt Ploeger FR DT LeSueur, Minn.
73 Erick Boe SO OT LeSueur, Minn.
74 Joe Polson SR OT Bloomington, Minn.
75 Dan Gilyard JR LB Sebeka, Minn.
76 Chris Getchell SO OL Stillwater, Minn.
77 Larry Busack JR DT Echo, Minn.
78 Cameron Foster FR DT Plymouth, Wisc.
79 Ken Ericson SO DT Lawrenceville, New Jersey
80 Tim Roberts JR TE St. Peter, Minn.
81 Mike Daum SR DE Minnetonka, Minn.
82 Jim Halvarson SO TE/P Mound, Minn.
83 Mark Tipps SR SE Roseville, Minn.
84 Scott Lindblom FR SE Crystal, Minn.
85 Jim Huepenbecker SR TE Mankato, Minn.
86 Dave Najarian SR LB Minneapolis, MInn.
87 Tom Marks JR DT St. Louis Park, Minn.
88 Jay Larson JR SE Lake Oswego, Oregon
89 Steve Clausen SO SE Ellendale, Minn.
90 Dave Dvorak JR DE Rochester, Minn.
91 Kyle Hegna FR TE Glencoe, Minn.
92 Steve Wagner SO DT Osseo, Minn.
93 Gary Jeans FR LB Forest Lake, Minn.
94 Nathan Gove FR DB Mound, Minn.
95 Todd Davidson FR TE Bettendorf, Iowa
96 Daniel Norton FR TE Proctor, Minn.
97 Dean TeBrake FR DE Brooten, Minn.
98 Leo Jansen FR DE St. Peter, Minn.
99 Michael Quist FR DE Gaylord, Minn.
Head Coach: Dennis Raarup
Team Statistics
Rushing Gustavus Opponents
Carries 541 436
Yards gained rushing 2362 1713
Yards lost rushing 344 192
Net yards gained rushing 2018 1521
Ave. per game 201.8 152.1
TD’s 17 8
Passing
Attempts 169 198
Completions 79 80
Intercepted 9 18
Gain 933 1169
Ave. per game 93.3 116.9
TD’s 9 8
Total Offense
Plays 710 634
Gain 2951 2690
Ave. per game 295.1 269.0
First Downs
Rushing 128 79
Passing 43 53
Penalty 10 6
Total 181 138
Scoring
Touchdowns 27 16
PAT Kick 19-24 13-14
PAT Other 2-3 1-2
Field Goals 5-8 5-8
Safeties 1 0
Total Points 202 126
Ave. per game 20.2 12.6
Penalties
Number 36 35
Yards 365 322
Fumbles
Number 32 22
Lost 17 12
Interceptions
Number 18 9
Yards 192 41
TD’s 1 0
Punt Returns
Number 21 25
Yards 91 90
TD’s 0 0
Kickoff Returns
Number 27 26
Yards 407 450
TD’s 0 0
Punting
Number 61 59
Yards 2293 2078
Average 37.6 35.2
Blocked 0 1
Scoring/Quarters
First 63 34
Second 42 17
Third 47 54
Fourth 50 21
Total 202 126
Individual Statistics
Rushing Attempts Gain Loss Net Average TD
Brett Aamot 10 47 0 47 4.7 1
Jim Alexander 141 759 6 753 5.3 4
Doug Anderson 15 57 0 57 3.8 0
Mark Bartlett 16 45 20 25 1.6 0
Craig Bitter 191 858 37 821 4.3 7
Jim Bjork 12 68 1 67 5.6 0
Mike Dille 5 14 0 14 2.8 0
Neal Hagberg 117 403 264 139 1.2 3
Alan Hughes 8 32 0 32 4.0 1
Kent Johnson 1 12 0 12 12.0 0
Tom Kleis 1 2 0 2 2.0 0
Greg Laszewski 1 0 5 -5 -5.0 0
Todd Osmundson 3 6 9 -3 -1.0 0
Duncan Puffer 18 49 2 47 2.6 1
Rick Straka 2 9 0 9 4.5 0
Passing Attempts Completed Interceptions Yards TD
Mark Bartlett 19 12 0 139 2
Neal Hagberg 147 67 9 794 7
Todd Osmundson 3 0 0 0 0
Scoring TD’s Points PAT Kick Pat Other Field Goals
Brett Aamot 1 6
Jim Alexander 5 32 1-1
Craig Bitter 7 44 1-1
Steve Clausen 1 6
Neal Hagberg 3 18
Jim Halvarson 1 6
Alan Hughes 1 6
Mark Illies 1 6
Jim O’Neill 34 19-24 5-8
Duncan Puffer 2 12
Tim Roberts 4 24
Mark Tipps 1 6
Pass Receiving Number Yards TD
Jim Alexander 2 16 1
Craig Bitter 12 85 0
Jim Bjork 5 80 0
Steve Clausen 2 44 1
David Erlandson 2 19 0
Jim Halvarson 1 13 1
Jim Huepenbecker 3 28 0
Alan Hughes 3 6 0
Duncan Puffer 3 56 1
Tim Roberts 31 403 4
Mark Tipps 13 157 1
Interceptions Number Yards
Bruce Bade 2 14
Tom Franz 1 3
Mark Illies 2 70
Greg Laszewski 7 54
Dave Najarian 1 7
Bill Wavrin 3 44
Punting Number Yards Average Blocked
Greg Laszewski 61 2293 37.6 0
Punt Returns Number Yards
Brett Aamot 3 13
Bruce Bade 9 47
Mark Illies 5 20
Rick Straka 3 10
Kickoff Returns Number Yards
Brett Aamot 6 134
Jim Bjork 5 51
Tom Dahl 1 0
Mark Illies 9 128
Tim Roberts 1 3
Rick Straka 5 91