Category: Robert Pannier

Coach Peter Haugen Teaches the ‘Habit’ of Winning at Gustavus Adolphus

Habit. When many of us think of the word the more negative connotations of the definition come to mind, such as a person has a smoking habit or a habit of biting their nails. That is one way to look at the word, but another definition says that a habit is the manner in which…

Neal Griffin Leads Concordia Cobbers to 42-7 Win

The Concordia Cobbers run a triple-option offense that is geared to give their running backs and quarterback great opportunities to run. This has made their group of running backs, Alex McLean, Zach Southwick and Rick Hutchinson, and QB, Griffin Neal, one of the toughest combinations in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) to stop. There…

St. John’s Johnnies Defense Batters Knights in 52-3 Win

For much of the season the St. John’s Johnnies defense has been one that bent but didn’t break. They were gladly willing to give up yards, but once opponents were deep in their territory, their defenders forced takeaways and turnovers on downs, and made sacks to end drives. This led them to giving up over…

Samson Bialostok Goes Wild in Macalester Scots Shutout Win, 33-0

Earlier this week Macalester Scots Coach Tony Jennison praised the progress of his senior quarterback, Samson Bialostok, speaking of how the QB has really been stepping up his game over the last three contests. After one quarter on Saturday he didn’t just step up his game; he scaled a mountain. The senior led three first…

No. 11 Bethel Royals Beat No. 19 St. Thomas on 5 TDs by Three Kings

There is nothing like a little math to start out an article about football. For some they would say that the only number that matters in football is the one on the scoreboard, but the unbelievable contest between the Bethel Royals and St. Thomas Tommies could not possibly be described with a simple listing of…

St. Thomas Tommies Look to Snap Bethel Royals Win Streak

The Saturday Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Featured Game of the Week at the Minor League Sports Report will pit No. 11 Bethel University against No. 19 St. Thomas University in a battle of conference opponents that will have a huge impact on the MIAC title. The Royals enter the game 5-1, with a 4-0…

Bethel Royals ‘Three Kings’ Prove to Be Royalty On and Off the Field

Through the first six weeks of the season, three men have played an instrumental role in the success of the Bethel Royals football program. They would never admit to such a thing, however. Instead the three feel they are just doing their jobs. Nothing special; just doing what is expected. That is one of the…

‘Professor’ Marc Davies Provides Lessons on Football, Life for Macalester Scots

Macalester College is one of the finest academic institutions in all of America. They are always ranked in the top 25 schools for academic greatness and boast a student body that is bright, introspective and imaginative. This is just as true for the 80-plus guys who don a uniform for the Macalester Scots football team,…

Bethel Royals Fearsome Duo Spur Defense, Brotherhood

When the St. Thomas University football team takes to the field on Saturday, they will be facing the toughest defense in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC). The Bethel Royals are No.1 in terms of points allowed (15) and average yards allowed per game (284.7), and have an athletic, veteran defense that tackles well, thinks…

Macalester Scots Look to Extend Win Streak to Five

After two straight weeks of crossing the border into Wisconsin to play, the Macalester Scots return home this week to face Lawrence University in a game that will have huge implications – for next week. While not looking past the Vikings, a win by the Scots this weekend will put them in a head-on collision…

Macalester Scots Marshall Mullenbach Teaches Domination on Defense

In the 1960s, one of the most beloved television shows of all-time aired. It was called The Andy Griffith Show and was about a small-town sheriff who was beloved by his community, not only because of his quick wit and fast-thinking solutions to problems, but also because of the way that he interacted with people.…

Coach Steve Johnson ‘Serving’ Life Lessons for Bethel Royals

This Saturday afternoon two of the most successful football teams in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) will take to the field in a contest that is sure to have massive implications, not only on the conference title race, but also on the Division-III football playoff picture as a whole. On that day the 5-1…

Late Flurry Gives St. Olaf Oles First Win of Season

For three quarters the battle between winless St. Olaf and two-win Carleton College was shaping up to be a game of stout defensive stands and missed opportunities. Two field goals is all the teams could muster for the first 45 minutes, however, the final frame looked like two entirely different teams took the field as…

Ground Attack, Defense Leads Concordia Cobbers to 41-21 Win

The Concordia Cobbers looked like they were going to dominate their road contest against Augsburg, when two early scores put them ahead 14-0, however, a kick return for a touchdown following the second touchdown seemed to take the wind out of the sails of the Cobbers and allowed the Auggies to get back into the…

Matt O’Connell Lights It Up in St. Thomas Tommies 62-24 Win

Make no mistake – St. Thomas Tommies Coach Glenn Caruso has built one of the most dominant teams in all of Division-III football. Don’t believe it? Just ask the Hamline University Pipers. The Pipers left the first quarter of Saturday’s game trailing by seven, only to watch 27 unanswered points get put up against them.…

Second Half Rally Leads Macalester Scots to 28-21 Win

Earlier in the week Macalester Scots Head Coach Tony Jennison commented to the Minor League Sports Report that the Beloit College Buccaneers were a team to be reckoned with because the Bucs new Head Coach, Seth Duerr, was a real quality coach who was getting the most out of a roster of just 33-players. Some…

Erik Peterson Retakes Throne in 52-21 Bethel Royals Win

The King is back. No Elvis has not been spotted at a super market for the 10,000th time, nor has any other celebrity miraculously risen from the grave to re-grace the world with their presence. This King is Bethel Royals quarterback Erik Peterson, who ascended back to his proper place in the MIAC football realm…

Sam Sura Leads St. John’s Johnnies Ground Offensive in 29-19 Win

The St. John’s Johnnies rolled into Gustavus Adolphus on Saturday looking to put an end to the aerial assault that has been the Gusties offense. To do so they needed to go to the ground to control the game, and that is what they did, riding the powerful legs of Sam Sura to pull out…

Riding a three-game winning streak the Macalester Scots cross the border into Wisconsin for the second weekend in a row, this time to face the Beloit College Buccaneers. This battle of North Division combatants pits the 4-1 Scots against the 2-3 Buccaneers in a game that seems to be a clear mismatch in favor of…

MIAC Powerhouses Square Off in Saturday Showdown: Gustavus Adolphus vs St. John’s

This Saturday two of the powerhouse teams in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) will square off as Gustavus Adolphus heads north to battle St. John’s University. With five teams just one game apart in the conference standings, this is the first weekend of what will be a very exciting stretch run in the conference.…