It was another Saturday to cherish for Hamline LB Patrick Page and RB Austin Duncan. Unfortunately for the rest of the Pipers, Bethel has too much depth and used a 28-point third quarter explosion to trigger a 56-21 victory in Arden Hills.
Page, who was the MIAC Defensive Athlete Of The Week last week when he recorded 17 tackles, topped that with a 20-tackle effort Saturday. Duncan chipped in with 118 yards rushing and a TD.
But the Royals struck quickly to break open a competitive game to send the Pipers to 1-7 for the season (0-7 in the MIAC) before 3,309 fans at Royal Stadium.
Things started off well. The Piper defense forced a three-and-out on the game's first possession. The Royals struck first five minutes into the game but HU, with Cam Knudsen starting his first game at quarterback, went on a 78-yard seven play drive (keyed by Duncan's 60-yard run) that tied the game at 7.
Bethel went up 21-7 in the second quarter only to see Knudsen find Ryan Ferkinhoff for a 62-yard scoring play that made it 21-14. A last-minute TD pushed the margin to 28-14 at halftime.
BU put the game away by scoring on four consecutive drives in the third quarter. They did so despite the presence of Page, who ended with eight solo tackles and 12 assists. With 93 overall tackles, he now leads the MIAC.
Terry Pegues ended the scoring with a fourth quarter score.
Duncan moved up to fourth in the conference in rushing yards with 709. His 88.5 yards per game average has him on pace to record the most yards by a HU back since Eric Johnson set the school mark with 1,290 in 1996.
The Pipers return home to Klas Field for the final two games of the season. St. John's is here Nov. 3 with Macalester visiting for a non-conference game Nov. 10. Both games will begin at 1:00 p.m.