After a slow start, Hamline's football team put on an offensive show in their season finale at Klas Field. But a slew of penalties and an equally solid Macalester offense was too much to overcome. As a result, the Pipers drop their 2012 swan song, 45-21.
The Pipers (1-9) ran up 303 yards offense, including 203 on the ground. As often was the case, Austin Duncan (pictured) led the way, rushing the ball 15 times for 88 yards and a TD. The freshman finished with 868 yards rushing, the most by a HU back since 1996.
The Scots jumped to a 14-0 first quarter lead but the Pipers halved that margin when Kevin Ackerley found Arthur Moore
for a 14-yard TD 3:43 into the second frame. The Scots went down the field and made it 21-7. Duncan got that one back with a seven yard jaunt to finish off a 73-yard, seven play drive with 1:47 left in the half.
Macalester, however, scored with 24 seconds left in the half and took a 28-14 lead into the locker room. In the third quarter, Terry Pegues broke loose for a 44-yard scoring play that moved HU back within a single score at 28-21.
That was as close as they could get as Mac scored 17 final quarter points to put the game away. Hamline was hurt by penalties (11-114 yards).
Despite the final score, there were some outstanding defensive efforts. John-Michael Vandenberg made his final game one to remember with 11 solo stops and five assists. Patrick Page assured himself the league leadership in tackles with 16 total stops (eight solos, eight assists), finishing the 2012 season with 127 (60 solos, 67 assists).
John Broback, another of the 10 seniors honored prior to the game, boomed five punts for a 41.4 average. He finished the year as the MIAC leader with a 41.3 average. In addition to Vandenberg and Broback, it was the final game for Marc McDonald, Christian Willman, Alex Ferguson, Daniel Kim, Eric Klaers, Ben Del Greco, Stephen Girard and Tyler Rew.