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Knights come up short at Hamline

September 30, 2017 at 11:37 pm
Emanual Williams
Emanual Williams
Photo: Geoffrey Mo '19

NORTHFIELD, Minn. – The Carleton College football team visited Hamline University on Saturday evening, and the Knights dropped a 30-19 result. In doing so, they absorbed their first loss under the lights since at least the 2003 campaign.

Carleton (0-5, 0-3 MIAC) had won its last five night games, including matchups at Hamline in 2003 and 2013.

In a strange twist, the teams combined to score eight touchdowns on this evening but converted only one extra-point opportunity. Hamline (2-2, 1-1 MIAC) had two kicking attempts blocked and a trio of two-point attempts snuffed out. Carleton went 1-for-2 on kicks and had its lone two-point try denied at the goal line. The Knights also blocked a short field goal try.

The Pipers scored on the game’s first possession and missed the extra point. Carleton responded with a 10-play drive capped by Logan Emholtz’s (Jr./River Falls, Wis./River Falls) seven-yard touchdown run. Another blocked point after left the teams tied 6-6 after the opening quarter.

Hamline found the end zone twice in the second quarter and carried an 18-6 lead into intermission.

Emanual Williams (So./Lovelady, Texas/Lovelady) became the focal point of the Carleton offense in the third quarter, touching the ball on 7-of-10 plays on the Knights’ scoring drive to start the second half. That possession culminated in a 12-yard strike from Christian Zaytoun (Jr./Raleigh, N.C./Woodberry Forest) to Mark Leedy (Jr./Naples, Fla./Barron Collier). Andy Tangen (Jr./Minneapolis, Minn./Minnehaha Academy) knocked the extra point through the uprights, making the score 18-13 in favor of the hosts.

Hamline answered with a touchdown drive, but the Carleton defense turned aside a two-point rushing attempt.

Williams accounted for four carries and 32 yards on the subsequent Knights’ possession, including a four-yard touchdown run, his first rushing score of the season. Carleton’s two-point try was stopped at the goal line, and Hamline got an insurance touchdown—but failed on a two-point attempt—early in the fourth quarter to conclude the scoring.

Williams finished with a career-high 72 rushing yards on 15 carries. He also caught four passes. Leedy was the Carleton’s leading receiver, hauling in seven passes for 55 yards and the touchdown.

Carl Schmidt (So./Denver, Colo./Kent Denver) paced the defense with 10 tackles.

Hamline quarterback Justice Spriggs passed for 287 yards and four touchdowns to give the Pipers’ only their second triumph against Carleton over the last eight seasons.

The Knights travel to Bethel University for a 1 p.m. kickoff next Saturday, Oct. 7. Live audio will be provided by Knights Online and can be heard on Power 96 (KQCL 95.9 FM) in the Northfield/Faribault area.

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