Brandt Davis Field Goal Gives Carleton Dramatic 34-31 Win

Brandt Davis Field Goal Gives Carleton Dramatic 34-31 WinThe Carleton Knights were having a tough go of it so far this season. They entered their contest against the Hamline Pipers 0-3, and flooding wiped out the use of their own field, sending them across town to play at Northfield High School. They then spent the afternoon chasing the Pipers in a game that they led for just 2:02 until Brandt Davis hit a 30-yard field goal as time expired to give his team that dramatic 34-31 victory.

The game started out great for Hamline University. They took the opening kickoff and, behind their big play quarterback, moved the ball down the field quickly. Justice Spriggs completed two big passes to get the drive underway. On third and 2 at his own 39, he hit Nick Kampa for 14-yards and a first down, then the coaches turned to a little trickery. Employing the halfback option, Nachtrieb Bren hit Harrison Jones for a 47-yard touchdown to give his team the lead, 7-0.

It would stay that way until the Knights second possession when they would tie the score. Starting from their own 32, Carleton got a huge play when Ethan Trujillo hit Mack Journell for 27-yards to the Hamline 24. Two plays later he delivered another big pass, this time to Michael Frett for 16-yards. On third and goal at the five, Trujillo found Zach Creighton for five yards and the score, tying the game at seven.

Brandt Davis: 3-yard FG to Win Game
Brandt Davis: 3-yard FG to Win Game

It would stay that way into the second quarter when the Pipers would retake the lead. Spriggs was the catalyst of the drive, completing 6 of 8 passes along the way, including a 9-yard completion to Josiah Harris for the touchdown. That made it 14-7.

Davis added a 36-yard field goal to make it a four-point game, and they would take the lead on their next drive when Logan Emholtz scored from four-yards out to make it 16-14.

Hamline responded right away to that touchdown. Moving 78-yards in just 2:02, Spriggs gave his team back the lead when he scored from 11-yards out to make the score 21-16. The big play of the drive was a 48-yard completion to Jones, with the QB scoring on the next play. Hamline went to the half leading by five.

In the third quarter the two teams traded touchdowns. Bren scored from 2-yards out to make it 28-16. On Carleton’s next possession they moved 63-yards in 9-plays to make it a five-point game again. Trujillo’s three-yard pass to Journell completed the drive.

In the fourth quarter, Kyle Johnson drilled a 37-yard field goal to put Hamline up 31-23. There was 7:58 left in the game, and the Pipers looked confident. The Knights were not done however.

With 5:05 left in the game, Trujillo led them on a 65-yard drive that resulted in a touchdown when the Carleton QB scored from 10-yards out. The drive took just 1:48 off of the clock and, with the two-point conversion, the game was tied at 31.

Ethan Trujillo: 29-48, 362-Yards, 2-TDs
Ethan Trujillo: 29-48, 362-Yards, 2-TDs

The Knights needed a big stop from their defense, and they got it, forcing a three-and-out. That put the ball back in Trujillo’s hands with 2:33 left on the clock. Carleton looked ready to pounce on this one when the Pipers punt went just seven-yards, giving the Knights the ball at the Hamline 35. Trujillo completed a 12-yard pass to Creighton and then ran for 11-yards to put the ball at the Hamline 12. Three plays later Brandt Davis drilled the 30-yarder as time expired, giving the Knights their first win of the season. The loss dropped Hamline to 3-1.

Trujillo finished the day 29-48 for 362-yards and 2-touchdowns. Journell was one his two favorite receivers, making 8-catches for 114-yards and a score. Creighton made 10-catches for 101-yards and a touchdown.

Spriggs finished the day 19-34 for 269-yards and a touchdown. Jones made 3-catches for 109-yards and a score. Johnny Nguyen had 11-tackles for Hamline and Zach Schwalbach added 10. Michael Maday continues to be a force on the line, recording 1.5-sacks, giving him six on the season.

Next weekend the Carleton Knights welcome the Bethel University Royals to town. Hamline has night game at St. Olaf. Kickoff is 7 PM.

Boxscore

By Robert Pannier

The Carleton Knights were having a tough go of it so far this season. They entered their contest against the Hamline Pipers 0-3, and flooding wiped out the use of their own field, sending them across town to play at Northfield High School. They then spent the afternoon chasing the Pipers in a game that they led for just 2:02 until Brandt Davis hit a 30-yard field goal as time expired to give his team that dramatic 34-31 victory.

The game started out great for Hamline University. They took the opening kickoff and, behind their big play quarterback, moved the ball down the field quickly. Justice Spriggs completed two big passes to get the drive underway. On third and 2 at his own 39, he hit Nick Kampa for 14-yards and a first down, then the coaches turned to a little trickery. Employing the halfback option, Nachtrieb Bren hit Harrison Jones for a 47-yard touchdown to give his team the lead, 7-0.

It would stay that way until the Knights second possession when they would tie the score. Starting from their own 32, Carleton got a huge play when Ethan Trujillo hit Mack Journell for 27-yards to the Hamline 24. Two plays later he delivered another big pass, this time to Michael Frett for 16-yards. On third and goal at the five, Trujillo found Zach Creighton for five yards and the score, tying the game at seven.

It would stay that way into the second quarter when the Pipers would retake the lead. Spriggs was the catalyst of the drive, completing 6 of 8 passes along the way, including a 9-yard completion to Josiah Harris for the touchdown. That made it 14-7.

Davis added a 36-yard field goal to make it a four-point game, and they would take the lead on their next drive when Logan Emholtz scored from four-yards out to make it 16-14.

Hamline responded right away to that touchdown. Moving 78-yards in just 2:02, Spriggs gave his team back the lead when he scored from 11-yards out to make the score 21-16. The big play of the drive was a 48-yard completion to Jones, with the QB scoring on the next play. Hamline went to the half leading by five.

In the third quarter the two teams traded touchdowns. Bren scored from 2-yards out to make it 28-16. On Carleton’s next possession they moved 63-yards in 9-plays to make it a five-point game again. Trujillo’s three-yard pass to Journell completed the drive.

In the fourth quarter, Kyle Johnson drilled a 37-yard field goal to put Hamline up 31-23. There was 7:58 left in the game, and the Pipers looked confident. The Knights were not done however.

With 5:05 left in the game, Trujillo led them on a 65-yard drive that resulted in a touchdown when the Carleton QB scored from 10-yards out. The drive took just 1:48 off of the clock and, with the two-point conversion, the game was tied at 31.

The Knights needed a big stop from their defense, and they got it, forcing a three-and-out. That put the ball back in Trujillo’s hands with 2:33 left on the clock. Carleton looked ready to pounce on this one when the Pipers punt went just seven-yards, giving the Knights the ball at the Hamline 35. Trujillo completed a 12-yard pass to Creighton and then ran for 11-yards to put the ball at the Hamline 12. Three plays later Brandt Davis drilled the 30-yarder as time expired, giving the Knights their first win of the season. The loss dropped Hamline to 3-1.

Trujillo finished the day 29-48 for 362-yards and 2-touchdowns. Journell was one his two favorite receivers, making 8-catches for 114-yards and a score. Creighton made 10-catches for 101-yards and a touchdown.

Spriggs finished the day 19-34 for 269-yards and a touchdown. Jones made 3-catches for 109-yards and a score. Johnny Nguyen had 11-tackles for Hamline and Zach Schwalbach added 10. Michael Maday continues to be a force on the line, recording 1.5-sacks, giving him six on the season.

Next weekend the Carleton Knights welcome the Bethel University Royals to town. Hamline has night game at St. Olaf. Kickoff is 7 PM.

Boxscore

By Robert Pannier

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