October 23, 2010

Pipers fall in road game at Concordia

The Piper defense opened the game by getting the Cobbers to turn the ball over on downs on the Hamline 39 on the first possession. However, on Concordia’s next drive, Cobber quarterback Michael Dunham ended a nine-play, 81-yard drive with an 11-yard TD pass to Mike Starke at 7:59.

The Cobbers began their next possession with strong field possession after returning a 30-yard Broback punt 51 yards to the Piper nine-yard line. On the second snap of the drive, Dunham connected with Bronson Shephard for a six-yard TD pass. Concordia missed the PAT and led 13-0 at 4:58 in the first quarter.

The beginning of the third quarter saw the Cobbers add points to the board once again as Shephard pulled down his second touchdown catch of the game, this time a 10-yard pass from Dunham. The kick was good and Concordia led 20-0.

Cobber placekicker Porfirio Diaz would miss a 26-yard field goal attempt at 3:57. Exactly three minutes later, Broback would set up from 35 yards out and knock his attempt through the uprights to put the Pipers on the board before halftime.

Dunham was left with 57 seconds before the break to try to get the Cobbers into field goal range, and he did, as Diaz made a 37-yard field goal as time expired.

Hamline quarterback Connor Sathre (Jr., Maple Grove, Minn.) opened the second half with a pair of long passes – 50 yards to Tim Queck (Jr., Annandale, Minn.) and 23 yards to Alex House (Sr., Champlin, Minn.) – after a 19-yard run by Zach Cornish (Fy., Barstow, Minn.). The drive landed the Pipers at the Concordia 14-yard line before Luke Hvidston intercepted Sathre at the goal line.

Two Cobber possessions later, Christian Willman (So., Rosemount, Minn.) returned the favor, intercepting Dunham on the Piper two-yard line.

The lone score of the second half came at the start of the fourth quarter. Concordia, carrying over a possession from the third quarter, scored at 13:30 on a six-yard run by Brett Baune.

Sathre threw for 170 yards on 14-for-24 passing. House pulled in six of those catches for 72 yards. Cornish ran for 63 yards for the Pipers.

Defensively, John-Michael Vandenberg (So., Bothell, Wash.) had nine solo tackles to lead the Pipers. He also had two pass break-ups. Justin Bain (Sr., Grand Meadow, Minn.) had eight solo tackles, two for a loss, and a sack.

Dunham threw for 253 yards on 21-for-32 passing with three touchdowns. Shepherd caught nine passes for 95 receiving yards and Baune ran for 44 yards to lead the Cobbers.

Defensively, the Cobbers were led by nine tackles (eight solo, one assist) from Guy Rudolph. Rudolph also had one of Concordia’s three interceptions.

The Pipers fall to 1-6, 0-5 MIAC with the loss while the Cobbers are now 4-4, 3-2 MIAC. Hamline returns home to Klas Field for their next two games, starting with St. Olaf on Saturday, October 30, at 1:00 p.m.