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Bethel enters Saturday's match-up with an overall record of 4-2 and stands in third place in the MIAC standings with a 3-1 conference record. The Royals' lone conference loss this season came against Saint John's, 16-14, as the Johnnies hit a field goal with three seconds remaining in the game. Bethel's non-conference loss was also by a field goal's worth of points - 29-26 to Wheaton.
Hamline holds a 2-3, 1-3 MIAC record heading into this weekend's game. In the MIAC standings, Saint John's and St. Thomas sit atop the list with 4-0 conference records. Carleton, Augsburg, and Gustavus all hold 1-2 MIAC records while Hamline and St. Olaf are 1-3. Concordia has yet to post an MIAC victory in three contests.
Bethel 9, Hamline 7
Despite blocking a point-after attempt and a field goal by the previous week's MIAC special teams player of the week, the host Pipers fell in the final seconds to the Bethel Royals, 9-7, at Klas Field in 2008.
Bethel got on the board first with four minutes to play in the opening quarter on a four-yard touchdown run by junior Dusty Wahl before Brady Lorenzen blocked Matt Wetherell's kick to keep the score at 6-0.
Later in the first half, the Pipers' special teams play kept the score at 6-0 when Lucas Jones blocked a 34-yard field goal attempt by Wetherell with nine minutes on the clock in the second quarter. Dante Guther recovered the blocked kick for the Pipers.
The score remained 6-0 until Piper senior quarterback James Leary scored on a four-yard run with 34 seconds remaining in the game. Derek Johnson’s kick was good, giving the Pipers a 7-6 lead.
On the ensuing kickoff, Bethel’s Tim Cornish returned the ball to the Hamline 42-yard line, setting up a scoring drive that ended with a 30-yard field goal by Wetherall as time ran out on the clock for the 9-7 Royals victory.
Bethel quarterbacks Josh Aakre and Caleb Graff combined for 97 yards on 10-for-17 passing, while Leary had 124 yards on 12-for-17 passing.
The Piper defense held sophomore Logan Flannery to 64 yards as the Royals’ leading rusher, with Bethel totaling 205 yards on the ground.
Alex House caught six catches for 70 yards, his longest for 31-yards. Joel Quick had 88 receiving yards on eight catches.
Breck Raymond had 11 tackles (seven solo, four assists) to lead the Piper defense, while Lorenzen had 10 (four solo, six assists). Bethel's defense was led by Darin Schwarze with 10 tackles (six solo, four assists).
Projected depth chart for Hamline University
Key Players to watch:
QB Adam Meyer - The sophomore is second in the MIAC in conference passing average/game (261.3 yards/gm). He has thrown for 784 yards, five TDs, and one INT on 65-for-99 passing in three MIAC games.
WR Tim Queck - The sophomore is third in the MIAC in conference receiving yards/game (100.8). He has 403 yards on 26 catches, with a long of 80 yards, in four MIAC contests.
ILB Cory Olsen - The sophomore led the Piper defense last Saturday against Saint John's, posting 12 tackles, nine of them solo. Olsen has 28 tackles (21 solo) this season, second on the team.
OLB Josh Bain - The junior continues to lead the Hamline defense, totaling 33 tackles (24 solo) on the season. 27 of his tackles have come in MIAC play.
PK Derek Johnson - The senior is 14-for-14 in PATs and 5-for-6 in field goal attempts this season. Johnson is 10-for-10 in PATs in conference play and is one of three kickers in the conference with a perfect MIAC kick percentage. He is averaging 56.5 yards per kickoff.
As the first snow of the season melted off the field, Tim Queck (So, Annandale, Minn.) had a game-high 83 receiving yards as the Pipers dropped a 41-7 homecoming game to sixth-ranked Saint John’s University on Saturday.
The Johnnies scored early and quickly, putting three touchdowns on the board in the first quarter. They scored on their first offensive snap of the game on a 45-yard rushing TD.
They then added two more quick scores over three plays in that quarter. After a one-yard rushing TD, the Johnnies recovered a Hamline fumble on the next Piper snap. Saint John’s followed with the fumble recovery with an immediate 37-yard TD pass and gained a 21-0 lead.
The highlight for Hamline came as Pete Usset blocked a Johnnies’ punt. Justin Bain picked up the ball and ran it in 20 yards for the lone Piper touchdown at 13:06 in the second quarter.
Saint John’s added three short rushing touchdowns, including a quarterback-keep of less than a yard to end the first half.
Hamline quarterback Connor Sathre had 87 yards on 7-for-15 passing. Queck’s 83 receiving yards was the most by any receiver in the game. The Piper defense was led by Cory Olsen’s 12 tackles, nine of them solo.
Projected depth chart for the Bethel University Royals
Key Players to watch:
WR Joel Quick - The senior had three receptions for 85 yards and a touchdown last week against St. Olaf. Quick has six TDs on the season.
RB Logan Flannery - The junior’s streak of four consecutive 100-yard rushing games ended last Saturday. Flannery finished with 90 yards on the ground, but is averaging 106 yards per game on the season.
CB Tim Cornish - The senior caught his team-leading fourth interception last weekend.
ILB Ross Petterson - The junior earned MIAC defensive player of the week for his performance against the Oles. He led the Royals with 10 tackles and also broke up 3 passes and had a late-game interception. Petterson leads Bethel in tackles with 44.
Last Week -
The Royals' defense prevented an offensive score by the Oles en route to defeating St. Olaf, 15-7, last weekend.
The Bethel offense started the game with a 22-yard field goal by Matt Wetherell. The Royals added a second touchdown at 14:16 in the second quarter as Dustin Wahl ran the ball in in from 11 yards out. The score put Bethel up 9-0 after a missed extra point and that's where the score would remain through halftime.
Bethel's second touchdown came with 3:22 remaining in the third quarter as Josh Aakre found Joel Quick for a 71 yard touchdown pass. After a blocked PAT, the Royals were up 15-0.
The Oles lone score came at 8:57 in the fourth quarter as the St. Olaf defense forced a fumble, and recovered for a touchdown, closing the gap to 15-7.
The Royal defense hung on for the remainder of the game. With time winding down and the Oles driving for the tying score, Ross Petterson intercepted the Oles' QB at the Royals' three yard line, preserving a 15-7 Royal victory.
Bethel's Logan Flannery was held to under 100 yards for the first time in five games as he finished with 90 yards on 27 carries. Dustin Wahl finished with 22 yards on seven carries and one touchdown. Aakre finished with 112 yards and a TD on 7-for-15 passing and picked up 34 yards on the ground on seven carries. Quick finished with three catches for 85 yards and a touchdown.
Defensively the Royals were led by Ross Petterson who finished with 10 tackles and the one interception. Cory Svihla finished with nine tackles, a sack, and an interception as well.