St. John’s vs. Hamline: At a glance

St. John’s (2-4 MIAC, 4-4 overall) at Hamline (0-7 MIAC, 1-7 overall)

Game time: 1 p.m. Saturday, Klas Field, St. Paul

Last meeting: St. John’s defeated Hamline 61-0 on Nov. 12, 2011 in St. Paul

Series: St. John’s leads 54-23-3

Radio coverage:SJU: WBHR (660 AM, Central Minnesota); WLOL (1330 AM, Twin Cities); KOWZ (1170 AM, Southern Minnesota); H: none.

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St. John’s at a glance

Starters on offense

WR -Rob Voshell, So. (6-1, 190); LT – Pete Schwarz, Jr. (6-4, 290); LG – Alex Jarosz, So. (6-4, 290); C – Kevin Battis, Jr. (6-1, 280); RG – Ryan Hanes, Jr. (6-2, 290); RT – Jack Hedlund, Jr. (6-3, 280); TE – Wade Powers, Sr. (6-5, 245); WR – Josh Bungum, Fr. (5-9, 160); QB – Nick Martin, Fr. (6-3, 185); RB – Colin Moynihan, Jr. (6-0, 195); RB – Stephen Johnson, Sr. (6-0, 195)

Starters on defense

DE - Jake King, Sr. (6-1, 225); NT – Joe Zrust, Fr. (6-0, 305); DT – Nate Blenker, Jr. (6-4, 290); DE – Connor Grill, Sr. (603, 250); OLB – Maze Thompson, So. (6-2, 205); ILB – Andrew Rose, So. (6-2, 210); ILB – Taylor Dammermann, Sr. (6-1, 210); CB – Bobby Fischer, Sr. (5-11, 180); CB – Trevor Warner, Fr. (6-0, 175); FS – Dylan Graves, Jr. (6-2, 190); SS – Darryl Williams, Jr. (6-1, 195).

Specialists

K – Jimmie Mattson, Sr. (6-2, 210); P – Nick Martin, Fr. (6-3, 185); Long snapper – Scott Ramey, Sr. (6-1, 215); Holder – John Ries, Sr. (6-2, 200); Kickoff returns - Jake Essler, Jr. (5-9, 175), Peter Vakulskas, Fr. (5-11, 195); Punt returns – Jake Essler, Jr. (5-9, 175); Rob Voshell, So. (6-1, 190).

Top rusher: Steve Johnson 106 carries, 374 yards, 3.5 yards per carry, 2 touchdowns

Top passers: Nick Martin 55-84-5 interceptions, 949 yards, 8 touchdowns

Top receiver (yardage and receptions): Josh Bungum 33 receptions, 437 yards, 13.2 yards per catch, 3 touchdowns

Top tackler: Taylor Dammermann 39 solo tackles, 42 assists, 5.5 tackles for a loss, 2.0 sack, no interceptions

Hamline at a glance

Starters on offense

QB -Kevin Ackerley, So. (6-2, 195); RB – Terry Pegues, Fr. (5-10, 195); RB – Austin Duncan, Fr. (6-0, 205); RB – Ryan Ferkinhoff, So. (5-9, 195); WR – Philip Sherman, Fr. (6-1, 195); WR – Zach Deitchman, So. (5-8, 160); LT – Ben Del Greco, Sr. (6-3, 225); LG -Jacob Skarhus, Fr. (6-1, 240); C – Patrick Chilton, Jr. (6-1, 250); RG – Austin Niederkorn, So. (5-11, 270); RT – Steven Girard, Sr. (6-2, 250)

Starters on defense

DE -Tyler Rew, So. (6-0, 230); NT – Daniel Kim, Sr. (5-11, 235); DT – Eric Klaers, Sr. (6-1, 270); DE – Derek Wilson, Jr. (6-2, 250); OLB – Corey Touchette, So. (6-1, 185); MLB – Patrick Page, Jr. (6-1, 203); OLB – Charlie Metcalf, So. (6-0, 170); CB – Christian Willman, Sr. (5-10, 178); CB – Julian Stubbs, Fr. (5-11, 165); FS – John-Michael Vandenberg, Sr. (6-3, 200); SS – Mark McDonald, Sr. (6-2, 190)

Specialists

K – John Broback, Sr. (6-4, 180); P – John Broback, Sr. (6-4, 180); Long snapper – Eric Klaers, Sr. (6-1, 270); Kickoff returns – Zach Deitchman, So. (5-8, 160); Julian Stubbs, Fr. (5-11, 165); Punt returns – Christian Willman, Sr. (5-10, 178)

Top rusher: Austin Duncan 135 attempts, 709 yards, 5.3 yards per carry, 7 touchdowns

Top passer: Muresuk Mena 37-86-5 interceptions, 488 yards, 3 touchdowns

Top receiver (receptions and yardage): Ryan Ferkinhoff 14 receptions, 186 yards, 13.3 yards per catch, 2 touchdowns

Top tackler: Patrick Page 45 solo tackles, 48 assists, 8 tackles-for-a-loss, no sacks, 3 interceptions

Game notes

*Freshman Nick Martin will start at quarterback for the fifth-straight game for St. John’s, though junior Connor Bruns, who has resumed practicing after separating his right throwing shoulder in a loss at Concordia on Sept. 22, could see at least a series under center. Martin has thrown for 949 yards and eight touchdowns this season. He has also rushed for 202 yards — which ranks second on the team — and seven touchdowns — which places him in a four-way tie for third-most in the MIAC. For Hamline, sophomore sophomore Kevin Ackerley, who has thrown for 488 yards and three touchdowns, has battled injury and will be a game-time decision. Cam Knudsen, whose father Tim is currently the head coach at Maple Lake and has been the head coach at both St. Cloud Cathedral and Apollo, started his first collegiate game in Ackerley’s place in a 56-21 loss at Bethel last week.

* Johnnies junior running back Nick Schneider is expected to sit out a second-straight game. He has not practiced since leaving a 51-14 win over Carleton on Oct. 13 with a groin injury.

* St. John’s senior defensive end Connor Grill fractured his right hand in last week’s 31-17 win over Gustavus, but practiced Thursday with a padded cast and is expected to be a game-time decision today. If he is unable to play, juniors Jeremy Hill and Sean Tillman would likely rotate at his position. Junior left tackle Pete Schwarz is expected to start, despite battling illness this week. But sophomore Cody Zimmerman could see time giving him a rest as needed. Senior tight end Wade Powers, who left last week’s game with a knee injury,. is expected to play today.

* St. John’s leads the all-time series with Hamline 54-23-3. The Johnnies have won 17 straight against the Pipers dating back to Hamline’s last victory in the series — a 27-26 win in Collegeville in 1994. And over the course of the last 12 meetings — dating back to 2000 — St. John’s has outscored the Pipers 619-41. The Johnnies have scored 40 or more points in all 12 of those meetings — and over 50 six times — while never allowing more than seven points themselves and holding Hamline scoreless six times. That includes wins of 49-0 and 61-0 the past two seasons.

*  After going 0-10 and scoring just 41 points (4.1 per game) in head coach John Pate’s first season in 2011, the Pipers (0-7, 1-7) have scored 133 points so far this fall — an average of 16.6 per game. And though Hamline’s lone victory was a 37-31 win at Minnesota-Morris in the season opener on Sept. 1, the Pipers did trail St. Thomas just 20-9 at halftime before falling 51-9 at home two weeks ago, and trailed Bethel just 28-14 at halftime in a 56-21 loss on the road last week.

* Pates has yet to coach a game in Collegeville. But his team has visited Central Minnesota, spending a week at Camp Ripley during preseason practice in each of his two seasons at the school.

* Hamline senior John Broback leads the MIAC, and is among the leaders nationally in Division III, with an average of 42.2 yards per kick this season.

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