November 10, 2012

Pipers Bid Farewell To Seniors And Look To Regain Old Paint Bucket In FB Finale

Austin Duncan in clear

As a rule, non-conference games at the end of the football season are to be avoided. But there are exceptions to every rule. And one of those exceptions is when the game is against a  longtime rival.

Hamline and Macalester first played football against each other in 1887. They will renew their rivalry for the 116th time on Saturday, November 10 at Klas Field.  In addition to the longtime rivalry, it is Senior Day. Marc McDonald, John Broback, Christian Willman, John Michael Vandenberg, Alex Ferguson, Daniel Kim, Eric Klaers, Ben Del Greco, Stephen Girard and Tyler Rew will be honored prior to the 1:00 p.m. kickoff.

Since 1965, the schools have played for The Old Paint Bucket. For more than a decade, it resided in the football offices at Hamline. Last year, however, the Scots took it back with a 17-0 win at home.

HU takes a 1-8 overall mark into the game while the Scots stand 5-4. For many years, Macalester has not been involved in conference play in football. Hamline is the third MIAC team they have played this season. In October, they lost a 21-20 decision at Carleton. Last Saturday, they lost a freewheeling 58-41 game to Augsburg at home.

The Pipers hope to get RB Austin Duncan unleashed. Held to 71 yards last Saturday against the Johnnies, Duncan stands fourth in the league in Rushing with 780 yards and fifth in TDs with nine.

The Pipers have a pair of league leaders in Patrick Page (111 tackles) and Broback, who is averaging 41.3 yards per punt.