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Result: L 0-59

Football at Saint John's University

Saturday, September 22nd, 2018 – 1:00 p.m. at Collegeville, Minn. - Clemens Stadium

Fast start propels No. 9 Saint John’s past Knights

Emanual Williams
Emanual Williams
Photo: Geoffrey Mo '19

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. – The Carleton College football team was unable to match the fast start of Saint John’s University as the Knights dropped their second consecutive game. Carleton fell behind early but stiffened on up on defense, limiting the No. 9-ranked Johnnies to only seven points in the second half.

The Knights (1-3, 0-2 MIAC) are used to getting the scoring started, as they reached the end zone on their initial possession in each of the campaign’s first three games. This time, however, the Johnnies (3-0, 2-0 MIAC) got their Homecoming celebration started almost immediately, via a 63-yard touchdown pass from Jackson Erdmann to Joey Eckhoff on the game’s first play from scrimmage. This marked the first time this season that Carleton did not score the game’s first points.

The Knights amassed 227 yards of total offense on the afternoon, surpassing their combined total from the last two meetings against the Johnnies. Carleton’s best scoring chance came early in the fourth quarter, but a fumble inside the Saint John’s 10-yard line was recovered by the Johnnies.

Overall, the Knights turned the ball over six times in the 59-0 loss.

Carleton quarterback Christian Zaytoun (Sr./Raleigh, N.C./Woodberry Forest) was 19-of-31 for 165 yards. Will Irons (Fy./San Francisco, Calif./Sacred Heart Cathedral) saw action as well, going 8 of-15 for 40 yards.

Eight different players caught passes for the Knights. Mack Journell (Jr./Stevens Point, Wis./Stevens Point) had game highs of nine receptions and 78 receiving yards. Fletcher Metz (Jr./Oconomowoc, Wis./Catholic Memorial) added eight more catches to his season total.

Defensively, Carlos Lua Pineda (Jr./Gresham, Ore./Gresham) collected a game-best 13 tackles for the Knights, followed by nine apiece for fellow linebackers Peter Hagstrom (Jr./Shakopee, Minn./Shakopee) and Kwaku Bodom (Sr./Brooklyn Park, Minn./Breck).

Carleton returns to Laird Stadium and hosts Bethel University on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 1:00 p.m. Live video and stats will be available via Knights Online.