Hamline will look for its first win of the season Saturday afternoon when they travel to Bethel. Game time is 1:00 p.m. Here is a link to watch the game. The Royals figure to be a tough nut to crack. They were NCAA Division III semifinalists a year ago. This year, they stand 6-2 overall and are in third place in the MIAC with a 4-2 mark. Their two losses have been to the teams ahead of them in the standings -- St. Thomas and St. Olaf.
The Pipers know about those teams, too. Last Saturday, they held firm against the Oles for a half before giving way in a 40-0 loss. Earlier, UST pinned the Pipers for a 49-0 decision.
The HU offense, which is averaging 162.1 yards per game, is led by QB Connor Sathre, the team leader in rushing and passing yards. His 759 yards total offense is easily the overall leader.
On defense, Marc McDonald has inched ahead of John-Michael Vandenberg in the battle to be the leading tackler. McDonald has been responsible for 62 stops with Vandenberg just one behind him. HU punter Alex Ferguson ranks third in the conference with a 37.3 average.
The Pipers lead the all-time series with the Royals, 26-22. The school first played in 1952. Two of the last three meetings have gone down to the final play. HU lost in 2008 by a 9-7 game. The next year, they fell by a field goal, 20-17.