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ISSUE 116 VOL 6 PUBLISHED 10/18/2002

Royal heartbreak

By Mike Cassano
Staff Writer

Friday, October 18, 2002

It was another tough weekend for the Ole football program as they lost their third straight game, going down 36-32 against Bethel College. The game was a must win for the Oles to have a chance at making the post season, and with the loss it puts their conference record at 2-3 and 3-3 overall. The rowdy Bethel crowd of nearly 2000 enjoyed an offensive game with the teams combining for over 800 yards. Leading the way for the Oles was quarterback Brian Senske ‘04 who threw for 278 yards and one touchdown. Jason Moore ‘06 carried the ball 18 times for 67 yards. St. Olaf running back Cordell Hunkins ‘03 pounded away at the Bethel defense on his way to three touchdowns for the day. Frank Bass ‘05 set the all time school record for receptions in the game by grabbing 14 balls for 197 yards and one touchdown. Perhaps the biggest catch was a 70-yard strike from fellow wide out Kyle Lund ‘04 . The Oles ran a misdirection play and Lund fired a perfect spiral to Bass who sprinted to the end zone. Lund is now three for three in passing and has thrown a touchdown on each pass. Bethel used an opposite approach to the game, keeping the ball on the ground and pounding away at the Oles defense. Bethel running back Mike Johnson ran for 188 yards at three touchdowns. All day the Oles struggled to stop Johnson as he averaged 4.3 yards per carry. Johnson might be the best running back in the MIAC this year, following up his junior year All-American status. The Oles had the lead late in the fourth quarter when Bethel drove down field and let Johnson punch in a two yard run. "It was a hard game and our guys battled hard," said Owen Buckmaster ‘03. "Unfortunately I feel the better team came out on the losing end, but some days are like that," he said. The team worked on stopping the run all week in practice but come game time they struggled against a formidable running assault. Johnson isn't the fastest running back in the MIAC but many argue he is the toughest. He simply lowered his shoulder and ran right into the pile, always coming out with positive yards. "He is the toughest back we will face all year," said Buckmaster. Leading the way for the Ole defense were Dave Busselman ‘04 and Dave Chapman ‘05. Busselman recorded nine solo tackles from his defensive end position and Chapman made five solo stops. Next week the Oles will face the Hamline Pipers at Ade Christensen field at 1:00 p.m. Hamline is coming off a big win against Macalester. "We know Hamline is a good team," said Charlie Krois ‘05. "They work extremely hard and they hit even harder. It should be a game we can win but we have to come prepared to battle."

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