Anchorage, Alaska / South
The Saint John's football team scored another big win by a narrow margin Saturday with a 30-28 victory over Augsburg. The Johnnies' got a huge boost in the field position battle in the close game thanks to the punting of freshman Griffin Toomey (Anchorage, Alaska/South). The SJU punter averaged 40.2 yards on five kicks and put three of them inside the Auggie 20-yard line. For his performance, Toomey was named the MIAC Football Special Teams Player-of-the-Week.
Toomey punted five times Saturday for a total of 201 yards and an average of 40.2 yards per punt. His long for the day was 48 yards, and he had three inside the 20 and two fair catches. All three inside the 20 were downed at the 11 or better in the second half, with a 48-yard punt to the eight and a 32-yard punt to the 11 in the third quarter, and a 44-yard punt to the six in the fourth. This season, Toomey is second in the MIAC with an average of 39.2 yards per punt since taking over in the Johnnies' second game. His long of 64 yards and six fair catches both lead the MIAC, and his six inside the 20 are tied for second.
Thanks to Saturday's big win in a matchup of one-loss teams, the Johnnies improved to 5-1 overall and 3-1 in the conference, in sole possession of second place by a half-game and just one game behind first-place Bethel in the loss column. The Johnnies are ranked in both polls, at No. 23 in the AFCA poll and No. 25 in the D3football.com ranking. SJU will look for its sixth win of the season Saturday when it travels to Northfield to face Carleton in a MIAC showdown at 1 p.m.