October 24, 2009

Cobbers hold Pipers scoreless in second half for win

Concordia scored first, driving down the field on the opening possession of the game. The five-play, 66-yard drive ended on a 12-yard rushing TD two minutes into the game.

On the ensuing kickoff, Queck gave the Pipers great field position as he returned the kick 31 yards to the Concordia 49.

At fourth and one on the Concordia 29, Connor Sathre (Jr., Maple Grove, Minn.) carried the ball two yards to keep Hamline's drive alive. He ran the ball six yards on the next snap, getting the Pipers to the 21-yard line. That was from where Adam Meyer (So., Cold Spring, Minn.) threw a touchdown pass to Alex House (Jr., Champlin, Minn.). Derek Johnson's (Sr., Casa Grande, Ariz.) kick was good to tie the game at 7-7. 

The 21-yard TD pass ended a nine-play, 49-yard scoring drive.

On Concordia's next possession, Cobber quarterback Andrew Larson was intercepted at the goal line by Dante Guther (Sr., Sacramento, Calif.). The interception was Guther's second of the season.

The touchback started the Piper drive on their own 20-yard line. Seven plays later, Queck pulled in a 27-yard touchdown reception from Sathre. With Johnson's successful PAT, Hamline held a 14-7 lead with two and a half minutes to play in the first quarter.

The Cobbers returned the ball to their own 37-yard line on the ensuing kickoff and drove back down the field to respond with a TD. The 16-yard pass came with 12 seconds remaining in the first quarter. The kick was good to tie the game at 14-14.

On the Pipers' first drive of the second quarter, they drove to the Concordia 21-yard line where they faced fourth and 16 following an earlier penalty. Johnson attempted a 38-yard field goal, but it fell short, keeping the game tied.

Concordia took over on their own 21 and marched down the field to hit a 24-yard field goal for a 17-14 lead with just under ten minutes to play in the first half.

The Pipers punted on their next possession, and the Cobbers completed a seven-play, 56-yard drive with a one-yard rushing TD and PAT for the 24-14 lead.

Queck didn't let the ten-point cushion last long, as he returned the kickoff following the score 89 yards for a touchdown. Johnson's kick was good and the Pipers trailed by just three, 24-21.

The hosts' lead was extended to six points just before halftime on a successful 28-yard field goal. The Cobbers led 27-21 heading into the locker rooms.

The Cobbers quieted the Piper offense in the second half, holding them scoreless, and scored a touchdown in each quarter for the 41-21 victory.

 House had 55 receiving yards while Queck had 57 to lead the Pipers. Queck also had 158 yards on five kick returns, an average of 31.6 yards per return.

Meyer threw for 141 yards, one touchdown, and one interception on 11-for-26 passing.

Defensively, Cody Kielsa (Fy., Buffalo, Minn.) and Josh Bain (Jr., Spring Valley, Minn.) each had 12 tackles to lead the Pipers. Kielsa also had two pass break-ups.

Hamline moves to 2-5, 1-5 MIAC with the conference loss. The Cobbers are now 3-4, 1-4 MIAC. Hamline returns home to Klas Field for the final time in 2009 to host Carleton College at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 31.