The "tour" project, which I've named "Game Day," ended on a record note, you could say. That's because in its Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference game against Hanover College that day, AU wide receiver Jarrett Dickey set a school record for single-game reception yardage. But in the end, it was Hanover and its bruising running game that prevailed on the day, 49-25.
Dickey had seven receptions for 291 yards, including touchdowns of 88 and 86 yards on passes from Triston Anderson. Dickey's total reception yardage comfortably eclipsed the previous mark of 272 set 26 years ago -- in 1990 -- by Brad Lamb, who would later play with the NFL's Buffalo Bills.
As it turned out, the long scoring strikes to Dickey were among few highlights of the game for the host Ravens, who had 373 yards in the air. But the stingy Hanover defense allowed Anderson only 11 yards on the ground. On the upside, both Triston Anderson and Jarrett Dickey are freshmen, so Ravens fans will be able to see that tandem connect for a long time. The two are featured in the photos leading off the post, shots taken on the same play in the second half that went for a nice gain.
Hanover running back Tee Hart also is a freshman, and he and teammates Justin Conners and Nate Hein led a Panthers rushing attack that amassed 244 yards and scored six touchdowns. Conners had three of TDs. Panthers quarterback Adam Gutermuth threw 30 yards to Ricky Windell in the second quarter for the other touchdown.
The win was Hanover's first of the season and leveled its HCAC record to 1-1 (1-3 overall); Anderson dropped to 1-1 in the HCAC and was also 1-3 for the season. Both schools the lost their respective games the following weekend, so each is now 1-2 (1-4).
Players and spectators were blessed with very comfortable temperatures, thanks to thick cloud cover throughout the morning and into the late afternoon. Sunshine finally appeared early in the third quarter.
Feet observance in which coaches go barefoot to draw attention to the fact that 300 million people in the world go without shoes. AU head coach John Sala did just that on Sept. 24.
It also was the day all coaches for schools that are members of the AmericanFootball Coaches Association wore Coach to Cure MD patches (right) on the sleeves of their shirts to raise awareness of Parent Project Muscular Distrophy, the largest charity devoted exclusively to Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
Technically, I suppose, I will have one more college to visit in two years, when Indiana Wesleyan in Marion launches its new football program and opens with a full schedule of game. I'll cross that bridge when we get to it; for now, anyway, I can say that I've visited every one of the schools I put on my list and photographed the campus landscapes as well as the games at each.
The "tour" started on Sept. 26, 2009, at Franklin College in what I still consider the most thrilling of all the contests I've photographed on my journey. Franklin, down 23-10 in the third quarter, rallied to upset undefeated and 22nd-ranked (Division III) Trine University 30-29.
After skipping a year, I added visits to Hanover, Wabash, DePauw (Monon Bell game) and Marian (NAIA Tournament playoff game) in 2011; Franklin again, Taylor, UIndy, Wabash again (Monon Bell game) and St. Francis (NAIA playoff) in 2012; St. Joseph's and Rose-Hulman in 2013; Manchester in 2014; Trine in 2015; and Earlham and Anderson in 2016. My reports on those visits -- both on the football games and the campus landscape shots -- can be found under the game day tag.
Photo geek stuff: I shot the entire game with may Canon 7D (a change from the past couple games, when I used my 6D). The 7D, which helped me address the burst buffer delay I wrote about in the game report from Earlham earlier in September) was equipped with a Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L lens and Canon 1.4x extender. I set my camera to manual shooting mode, my shutter speed at 1/800 and aperture at f/4.0. There was solid cloud cover throughout the first half, enabling me to set my ISO at 320 throughout the half and the beginning of the third quarter. When the sun came out midway through the third quarter, I lowered the ISO accordingly. To keep my shot volume down, I used the slower burst speed until the fourth quarter, when I used the 7D's top burst mode (8 fps) for what it was intended to do -- burst quickly. I also used a high-capacity (105/mbs) 32GB SanDisk CF memory card to help avoid buffer delay.
For a full gallery of shots from this game, visit my site at SmugMug.com. As always, to view a larger, sharper version of the photos in posts at this blog, click on the image. This is especially helpful if you access Photo Potpourri with a mobile device.
Next post: Game Day, Part II will take a look at the AU campus landscape