October 27, 2012

Footballers Face Another Ranked Team At Bethel

Pat Page

Another week, another ranked foe.

Such is life for the Hamline football team. This time, it's a return trip to Arden Hills to play a Bethel team that is hoping to stay alive for a postseason berth.

The Pipers take a 1-6 (0-6 MIAC) mark against the Royals, who stand 6-1, 4-1 in the MIAC.

Hamline had some big moments last Saturday against No. 3 St. Thomas, forcing six turnovers and holding the power-laden Tommies to a 14-9 edge into the final minute of the first half.

LB Patrick Page had a game for the memory books, making 17 tackles (three for loss, including a sack), intercepting a pair of passes and forcing a fumble. As a result, he became just the third Piper ever to be named MIAC Defensive Athlete Of The Week.

They may need more of the same sort of effort against the Royals, who average 29 points per game and have +9 differential in turnovers.

Ironically, that is exactly how the Pipers got going last year at Bethel, returning a fumble for a TD in the first quarter and an early 6-0 lead. HU stayed tough into the fourth quarter before falling 19-6.

Although they have lost their six head-to-head meetings, Hamline leads the all-time series with the Royals, 26-24.

This is Hamline's final road test. they return to Klas Field for their final two games of the season -- November 3 against St. John's and November 10 against Macalester.

For a live stream (complete with stats) from Bethel's website, click here.