Concordia senior Brett Baune can still picture the scene from a year ago.
The powerful Cobbers fullback was stopped near the goal line by a St. John’s defender on fourth down in overtime.
That stop sealed a 28-21 win for Johnnies before 4,674 fans at Jake Christiansen Stadium.
“I remember seeing the ball right at the goal line and it was a matter of inches,” said Baune, who rushed for 147 yards in that game. “That is one picture that has always been in the back of my mind.”
Now a senior, the 6-foot-3, 240-pound Baune gets his final chance to beat St. John’s. The Cobbers haven’t beaten St. John’s since 2008 when Concordia earned a 9-6 victory at Clemens Stadium.
Concordia hasn’t defeated the Johnnies at Jake Christiansen since 1986 when the Cobbers earned a 17-14 victory.
The Cobbers have a 0-8-1 record vs. St. John’s at Jake Christiansen since.
“St. John’s is that storied program and a big rival of ours,” said Cobbers head coach Terry Horan. “Everything that’s happened before means nothing.”
The Cobbers (3-0, 1-0 MIAC) are unbeaten, while the Johnnies (2-1, 0-1) are coming off a 43-21 loss against St. Thomas, who was ranked No. 6 heading into that game.
“We really need to win this game if we want to keep making a push to show that we are one of the top teams this year,” said Baune, who is averaging 157.7 yards per game this season.
Horan said running back Trent Johnson (foot) and linebacker Evan Sammon (broken leg) could see the game field this Saturday for the first time this fall. Horan said if either played it would be a game-time decision.
“I don’t have them in my two-deeps right now,” Horan said referring to his depth charts.