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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 as Jakob Reding (Jr., Eden Prairie, Minn.) ran 45 yards for the touchdown.
They then added two more quick scores over three plays in that quarter. Stephen Johnson (Fy., Mahtomedi, Minn.) ran the ball in from a yard out with 6:20 on the clock in the first quarter. David Burns (Sr., Fargo, N.D.) recovered a Hamline fumble on the next Piper snap and Saint John’s QB Joe Boyle (Jr., Richfield, Minn.) followed with an immediate 37-yard TD pass to Andrew Rotschafer (So., Eden Prairie, Minn.). Russell Gliadon (Sr., Fridley, Minn.) hit all three PATs for the 21-0 lead.
The highlight for Hamline came as Pete Usset (Jr., Mendota Heights, Minn.) blocked a Johnnies’ punt. Justin Bain (Jr., Spring Valley, Minn.) 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 by Boyle of less than a yard to end the first half.
Boyle had 85 yards on 8-for-16 passing, while six different Johnnies scored touchdowns. Reding had 78 rushing yards as the Johnnies netted 248 yards on the ground. Evan Cobb (So., Becker, Minn.) led the Johnnie defense with nine solo tackles and a sack.
Hamline quarterback Connor Sathre (Jr., Maple Grove, Minn.) 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 (So., Elk River, Minn.) 12 tackles, nine of them solo.
The Pipers fall to 2-3 overall, 1-3 in MIAC play. The Johnnies remain undefeated at 6-0, 4-0 in conference play. Hamline will travel north on Snelling Avenue to take on Bethel next Saturday, October 17, at 1:00 p.m.