November 14, 2009

Johnson finishes perfect in PATs but Pipers fall to Oles

St. Olaf scored first with a one-yard run just over five minutes after the opening kickoff. Brady Lorenzen (Sr., Grand Meadow, Minn.) blocked the PAT, and Jimmy Stone (Jr., Taylors Falls, Minn.) picked up the ball to keep the Oles at six points.

Anthony Iten (Jr., Fridley, Minn.) then pulled in a 44-yard TD catch to even the score with 9:49 on the clock in the second quarter. The pass from Connor Sathre (Jr., Maple Grove, Minn.) ended a seven play, 80-yard drive.

In that drive, Sathre completed passes of 16 and 13 yards to Alex House (Jr., Champlin, Minn.). Derek Johnson (Sr., Casa Grande, Ariz.)

The Oles answered on their next possession with a 25-yard TD reception, taking a 14-7 point lead after a two-point conversion. They added a 21-yard field goal with under two minutes left in the half for a 17-7 lead.

Johnson got the Pipers into double-digits with 12 seconds on the clock before halftime, hitting the first of two 32-yard field goals he would make in the game. The field goal was the first of three consecutive Piper scores.

Sathre and House connected to start Hamline's second possession of the third quarter with a 61-yard reception on the first snap, putting the Pipers on the Ole 12-yard line. A pair of sacks pushed Hamline back to the St. Olaf 23-yard line.

Facing on third and 21, Sathre found Queck on the goal line for a 23-yard TD pass. With Johnson's successful kick, the Pipers tied the game at 17-17.

Carrying over a possession into the fourth quarter, Hamline got into field goal range for Johnson, who knocked home another 32-yarder with just over 11 minutes to play in the game. The field goal gave Hamline a 20-17 lead.

St. Olaf then put up three straight scores of their own on an 18-yard passing TD, a 94-yard run from Leon Clark, and a 35-yard field goal, for the 34-20 win. Clark finished the game with 261 rushing yards and two touchdowns to lead the Oles.

Sathre had 333 yards on 18-for-31 passing with two interceptions. House had 125 receiving yards while Iten had 103. Queck added 90.

Defensively for the Pipers, Christian Willman (Fy., Rosemount, Minn.) led with 13 tackles (nine solo).

Johnson finishes his senior season a perfect 29-of-29 in PATs. He is the lone MIAC kicker to accomplish that feat this year. He was also 10-for-12 in field goal attempts. He also has one of the top two field goal kicking percentages in the conference.

With the conference loss, the Pipers conclude their 2009 campaign with an overall record of 4-6 and a 2-6 mark in MIAC play. The Oles finish at 5-5, 3-5 MIAC.