The Macalester College Fighting Scots rolled into Hamline University Saturday with both teams coming off of first week victories. The Pipers would be the team that would come away from the contest still undefeated, as Josiah Harris scored two touchdowns and Justice Spriggs threw for 238-yards in the 21-7 Hamline victory. Sophomore defensive lineman Mitchell Maday led the defense for Hamline, recording 4.5-sacks.
Both teams’ defenses looked solid in the first quarter as six total drives resulted in no points. However, in their first drive of the second quarter the Pipers took the lead. Spriggs found Deon Bishop for 36-yards and the touchdown to put Hamline up 7-0.
Six minutes later they would be back on the scoreboard. Hamline punter Kyle Johnson had pinned the Scots at their own 4-yard line with a beautiful 49-yard punt. On the first play of the Macalester series, Jeremy Stephan was stuffed and fumbled. Lucian Januszweski dove on the ball at the Macalester one and, one play later, Harris scored to make it 14-0.
It would stay that way through the half, but in third quarter both teams would get on the scoreboard. Hamline extended their lead to 21 on a great call by Head Coach Chip Taylor. On fourth and 3 at the Mac 42, Taylor opted to go for it. The ball was handed to Harris and he broke through the line, rushing for 42-yards and the score to make it 21-0.
With 5:13 left in the third, the Scots defense made a huge play when they forced a fumble by Harris at the Pipers 24. Daniel Abramowitz recovered, and Macalester was in business. Cody Petrich came into quarterback for the Scots, and found Jonathan Knee on the second play of the drive for an 18-yard completion to the Hamline six. Two plays later, Stephan scored from 6-yards out to make it 21-7.
That would be all the offense that either team could generate as the defenses both stood tall on this evening. The Pipers defense held the Scots to just 83-yards rushing and forced three turnovers. They also recorded five-sacks. Mitchell Maday was an absolute beast on defense, making 7-tackles, including 4.5-sacks. Januszewski also had 7-tackles and had the other half sack.
The Macalester defense performed well as well. They recorded three-sacks and two-turnovers. Nick Egorsdorf grabbed his third sack of the season, and Cash McGregor and Kainte Miles each made 9-tackles. Miles also had his first interception of his college career.
Spriggs was 21-32 for 238-yards and a touchdown. Harris had 65-yards rushing and 2-scores on 6-carries. Bishop had 95-yards receiving and a TD on 6-catches.
Alec Beatty led the Scots offense with 5-catches for 71-yards. Stephan had 12-yards rushing and 55-yards receiving.
Next week the Macalester Scots travel to Gainesville, IL where they will take on Illinois College. Kickoff is 1:00 PM.
By Robert Pannier