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Cobbers Storm Past Hamline 57-14.
(Moorhead, Minn.)-- The Cobbers scored three times in the opening four minutes of the game to take a 19-0 lead, and never looked back, racking up 598 yards in total offense and beating Hamline 57-14.
Concordia took the opening kickoff and marched 73 yards in just five plays to take a 6-0 lead. Jeremy Hinderks scored the touchdown on a two-yard run. On the next Hamline possession, the snap on the punt was low and Josh Vickerman scooped up the loose ball and ran 15 yards for the score, putting the Cobbers up 12-0. On the next Hamline possession, Vickerman went to work again, this time intercepting a pass and returning it 42 yards for his second touchdown in less than a minute, giving the Cobbers a 19-0 lead. When the Cobbers offense finally got to touch the ball again, they scored again, on another two-yard run by Hinderks, putting the Cobbers in front 26-0 after the first quarter.
The Cobbers scored twice more in the second quarter, first on a nine-yard run by quarterback Ryan Hebrink, and then on a 21-yard field goal by Brian Halverson with time running out in the half. The field goal gave the Cobbers a 36-0 halftime lead. Hamline got on the scoreboard early in the second half, on a 16-yard pass from Andy Gagnon to Dan Ryks to pull to within 36-7, but the Cobbers struck back on a 65-yard strike from Hebrink to Shawn Reile to lead 43-7. The Pipers pulled out a big play of their own to make the score 43-14 after three quarters, on a 50-yard pass from Gagnon to Jeff Hanger. The Cobber reserves scored twice in the final quarter, on a 60-yard pass from Jacob Odermann to Chad Worthington and on a four-yard run by Kevin Williamson to finish the scoring at 57-14.
The Cobber offense fired on all cylinders, amassing almost 600 yards of total offense, including 402 on the ground. 15 different Cobbers carried the ball, and eight had runs of 10 yards or more. Quarterback Ryan Hebrink led the way, gaining 122 yards on 10 carries. He also completed 3 of 10 passes for 126 yards and a touchdown. Shawn Reile led the receivers with 102 yards on two catches and a touchdown. For the Pipers, quarterback Andy Gagnon paced the team, completing 18 of 33 passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns. Receiver Dan Ryks caught 7 passes for 71 yards and a touchdown.
Next up for the Cobbers is an away game in Minneapolis, Minn. Concordia will play at Augsburg on Saturday, October 11, at 1:00. The Pipers travel to Macalester for a non-conference game on Saturday, October 11.
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