September 17, 2009

VIDEO: Preview of Pipers vs. Gusties

Last year:
Hamline 14, Gustavus Adolphus 21
 

In 2008, the Pipers and Gusties opened MIAC play in St. Peter with the hosts posting a 21-14 win.

A pair of turnovers ultimately led to a Gustie fumble recovery for a touchdown that gave Gustavus the advantage in the first quarter, and the Pipers were unable to snag a lead in the MIAC opener for both teams.

Gustavus' Ethan Armstrong recovered a fumble and ran it back 21 yards for the first Gustie touchdown. John Ostertag's kick was good, giving Gustavus a 7-0 lead with just over two minutes remaining in the first quarter.

The second quarter remained scoreless after a missed Gustavus field goal with two and a half minutes to play in the opening half.

On the first drive of the second half, Gustavus set up a scoring drive when Cody Sukalski returned Derek Johnson's kick 24 yards to the Gustavus 42 yard line.

A 21-yard pass from Gustavus quarterback Jordan Becker to Cameron Maurer, along with a successful kick by Ostertag, gave Gustavus a 14-0 lead five minutes into the second half.

On Gustavus' next possession in the third quarter, then-junior corner back Larry Deeton, Jr. intercepted Becker at the Piper 41-yard line. He pitched the ball to Brandon Johnson, who returned the ball 12 yards to the Gustavus 47-yard line.

Seven plays and 47 yards later, Piper QB James Leary ran for the first of his two one-yard rushing touchdowns. Derek Johnson's kick attempt was good, and the Pipers halved the Gustie lead to 14-7.

In a moment of deja vu for Becker and the Gusties, Piper linebacker Corey Olson intercepted Becker and this time carried the ball himself nine yards to the Gustavus 27-yard line.

Leary once again took advantage of the sudden change in possession, this time holding the ball for a one-yard rushing touchdown on the fifth play of the drive. Derek Johnson's kick was good, evening the score at 14-14 with two and a half minutes to play in the third quarter.

Becker threw to a Piper on the third consecutive Gustie possession, as Dante Guther reigned in the fourth Piper interception of the game at the Gustavus 44 with about two minutes to play in the third quarter.

The Pipers couldn't convert on the third consecutive turnover, and the score remained deadlocked for the next 16 minutes.

Gustavus put the final points on the scoreboard in their 21-14 win when Adam Lukes rushed for a three-yard touchdown with 1:02 to play in the game and Ostertag's successful kick.

Sean Lewis led the Piper receivers with 59 yards on five catches, while Leary was 13-for-26 and had 126 yards in the air. He also gained 29 yards on the ground, including his two touchdowns.

Guther and Mike LaBore each had 10 tackles for the Pipers (Guther with seven solo and three assists, LaBore with four solo and six assists). LaBore also had the Pipers' only sack.

Gustavus was led by defensively by Tony Palma's 11 tackles, including the key sack in the final Hamline drive. Joe Welch added nine tackles, while Mike Fabel recorded six tackles with two tackles for losses and a sack.

On offense, Chad Arlt caught eight passes for 99 yards and Ray Wilson had 13 rushing attempts for 62 yards. Jordan Becker was 21-for-35 passing for 228 yards and one touchdown.
 

This year: 

The Pipers 

Projected depth chart for Hamline University  

Piper Roster 

Key Players to watch: 

QB Adam Meyer - The sophomore shined in his debut under center for the Pipers, throwing three touchdown passes in the opener. He threw for 236 yards on 19-for-30 passing.

OLB Josh Bain - The junior tallied a pair of weekly honors after leading a tough Piper defense to a shutout of Martin Luther last weekend.

DB Lucas Jones - The sophomore led the team in tackles last week with eight (four solo, four assists). Watch for him to continue to lead the Piper secondary, along with senior Dante Guther,  that complimented the pressure from the defensive line to allow just 17 yards passing last Saturday.

K Derek Johnson -  The senior placekicker was 6-for-6 in kick attempts, hitting field goals from 22- and 27-yards, plus making all four point-after attempts. He also averaged 57.3 yards on seven kickoffs.

RB Sean Traynor - The sophomore took over the Hamline rushing responsibilities on the team's third drive and plowed through the Knight's defense for 100 yards on the ground in Saturday's victory.

Last week: 

Last weekend's shutout of Martin Luther led to a pair of honors for outside linebacker Josh Bain (Jr., Spring Valley, Minn.). Bain was named the MIAC defensive player of the week and earned a national honor when he was placed on the D3football.com "Team of the Week."

En route to holding off a Knights' offense that had scored 44 points in their season opener, Bain and the defense allowed just 17 yards passing on 2-for-22 passing from Martin Luther's QBs. They also allowed just 123 total yards of offense.

In addition to the defensive efforts from Bain and Jones, three Pipers in Marc McDonald (Fy., Portland, Ore.), Mike LaBore (Sr., South St. Paul, Minn.) and Brady Lorenzen (Sr., Grand Meadow, Minn.) tallied five tackles.

Hamline's scoring was also spread out between special teams, the ground game, and the passing game.

In addition to the three touchdown tosses by Meyer, first-year Blake Cook (Fridley, Minn.) burst through and dashed 28 yards for a rushing touchdown.

On special teams, Johnson's six kicks tallied 10 points for the Pipers.

Last week, Hamline’s offense totaled 455 yards on 190 yards rushing and 265 yards passing.

To see video of Coach Good discussing what he expects to see against Gustavus Adolphus, click here.

 

The Gusties 

Projected depth chart for Gustavus Adolphus College 

Gusties Roster 

Under new head coach Peter Haugen, Gustavus Adolphus opened the 2009 season with a 27-24 non-conference loss to Coe at home.

Coe intercepted a Jordan Becker (Sr., Easton, Minn.) pass in the end zone with :09 left in regulation play to end a Gustavus come-back attempt. Coe controlled play for the first 45 minutes of the game and led 20-3 through three quarters. Gustavus, however, put 21 points on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to three points on the final drive of the game.

Included within that comeback attempt was an on-sides kick in which the Gusties' placekicker Tom Heupenbecker (Fy., Verona, Wis.) recovered his own kick at the Gustavus 41-yard line, setting up a scoring drive. 

The Gusties gained 348 in the air en route to 429 yards of offense on 73 plays. Kendrick Hall (Fy., Minneapolis, Minn.) netted 83 yards rushing for Gustavus, but Becker's net -32 yards on the ground cut the Gustie overall total to 81 yards on the ground.

Cameron Maurer (Sr., Morgan, Minn.) had 137 receiving yards to lead the Gusties.

Becker threw for 348 yards and two interceptions on 21-for-37 passing.