Hamline News

Royals run to victory in Pipers' home finale

The Royals used five different players to score touchdowns on the ground as they ran for 365 yards of their 584 total yards of offense. Logan Flannery (Sr., Lakeville, Minn.) led the team in rushing with 199 yards, a touchdown, and a long run of 43 yards.

The Royals put a pair of touchdowns on the board in each of the first three quarters, starting with two rushing scores in the first quarter. Quarterback Josh Aakre (Jr., Dawson, Minn.) carried the ball in from three-yards out at 10:53 while Jesse Phenow (Fy., Richfield, Minn.) had a nine-yard run. After each of those touchdowns, Aakre ran the ball in for the two-point conversion and the 16-0 Bethel lead.

41 seconds into the second quarter, Aakre connected with Mitch Hallstrom (Fy., Eden Prairie, Minn.0 on a 53-yard touchdown strike. On the two-point conversion, Hans Duininck (Jr., Tulsa, Okla.) caught the pass from Aakre for the 24-0 lead.

Bethel’s last score of the half came from a three-yard run by Kevin Lindh (So., Houston, Minn.). Nick Love’s (So., Elmhurst, Ill.) kick was good for the 31-0 halftime advantage.

Aakre threw for 103 yards on 8-for-13 passing in the first half.
In the third quarter, Flannery ran the ball in from three yards out at 4:34 before Hallstrom caught his second TD pass of the day from Aakre. The 19-yard reception came with 64 seconds remaining in the quarter. Love’s kicks were good after both scores for a 45-0 Bethel lead.

With just under two and a half minutes to play in the game, Derek Waldbilling (So., Farmington, Minn.) ran the ball in from 10 yards out. The touchdown, plus Love’s kick, gave Bethel the 52-0 win.

The Pipers had a pair of fumble recoveries in the game by Justin Bain (Sr., Grand Meadow, Minn.) and Mike Doherty (Jr,. Farmington, Minn.).

Hamline falls to 1-8, 0-7 MIAC while Bethel is now 8-1, 6-1 MIAC. The Pipers will conclude the season next weekend at Saint John’s in a 1:00 p.m. game on Saturday, November 13.