Hamline 19, Martin Luther 13
Mitchell Schultz ran for 110 yards and a touchdown as Hamline opened 2008 with a 19-13 win at Martin Luther College.
The host Knights scored first as Aaron Voss scored a one-yard rushing touchdown. The kick was good to give Martin Luther a 7-0 lead just over two and a half minutes into the game.
On the next Martin Luther possession, the Piper defense went to work, holding the Knights to a three-and-out. The Knights punted to Alex House, setting up the Pipers' scoring chance as he returned it 48 yards to the Martin Luther 13-yard line.
Brandon Johnson (who graduated in May of 2009) pulled in a four-yard pass for the touchdown. Derek Johnson then evened the score at 7-7 with a successful kick.
As the Pipers wound down the clock in the first quarter, their possession that carried over as the clock reset to 15:00 ultimately resulted in a touchdown that would give Hamline their first lead of the game.
The 13 play, six-minute possession saw Schultz carry the ball 10 times for 45 out of the 77 yards in the scoring drive. In the midst of the running, Piper senior quarterback James Leary completed a 22-yard pass to Sean Lewis and an 11-yard pass to House.
Schultz's final carry of the drive was a seven-yard touchdown run that resulted in a 13-7 lead after a failed kick attempt by Johnson.
The score remained 13-7 in favor of Hamline until 3:56 remained in the third quarter, when Voss of Martin Luther scored his second touchdown of game, this time on an eight-yard run. When Gronewold's second kick attempt of the game failed, the score remained tied at 13-13.
Hamline ended the deadlock just over two and a half minutes later on the Pipers' next possession as Leary threw his second touchdown pass of the game with 1:36 remaining in the third quarter. The four-yard reception gave the Pipers the 19-13 lead, which became the final score following Johnson's failed kick attempt and a scoreless fourth quarter.
Schultz led Hamline's ground game with 110 yards on 24 carries, while Rodriguez had 63 yards on 15 carries.
House returned four Knight punts for a total of 68 yards, including the 48-yard return that set up a Piper touchdown.
Defensively, Breck Raymond led the Pipers with 11 tackles (5 solo, 6 assists). His classmate, defensive lineman Andrew Schlichting had 10 tackles (3 solo, 7 assists).
About the Pipers
Projected depth chart for Hamline University
2009 Piper Outlook
(Outlook includes offensive and defensive breakdowns, as well as an outline of key players to watch)
This game marks the season opener for the Hamline football team.
Third-year head coach Jim Good sat down and gave a quick preview about the key match-ups to watch for on offense and defense this Saturday.
To see video of Coach Good discussing what he expects to see against Martin Luther, click here.
About the Knights
Projected depth chart for Martin Luther College
Martin Luther opened the 2009 season with a 44-0 win over Maranatha this past Saturday. The Knights jumped to a quick 30-0 lead after the first quarter of play and preserved the shutout.
Senior wide receiver Ryan Kolander caught four touchdown passes in just over one quarter of action. He finished the day with five catches for 97 yards to go along with those four scores.
Kolander caught three of those touchdowns from starting junior quarterback Greg Holzhueter, who also played just one
quarter of action but finished with 80 yards passing on five completions. Back-up senior quarterback Landon Zacharyasz
completed eight of his ten attempts for 110 yards and two touchdowns, including one scoring pass in the second half to close the scoring.
Alexander Hunt led the Knights' ground game with 118 rushing yards on four carries, including a 56-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. For the game, the Knights finished with 215 yards rushing on 44 attempts, while the defense held Maranatha to just 38 yards on 37 attempts.
The Martin Luther defense limited Maranatha to just 20 total yards on 27 plays in the first half and 83 total yards for the game. Matt Rothe and Joe Lindloff led the way with eight tackles apiece, while Luke Beilke added seven.