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Run game powers Football past Hamline

Run game powers Football past Hamline

No. 6-ranked Tommie Football received 321 rushing yards on only 17 carries from Josh Parks and Tom Loeffler, including six touchdown runs, en route to Saturday's 74-14 win at Hamline in the conference opener for both teams.

St. Thomas (2-0 overall, 1-0 MIAC) rushed for 500 yards on 43 carries (11.6 ypr) and closed with 742 yards of offense. The Tommie defense limited the Pipers (1-2, 0-1) to 44 net rushing yards on 37 carries.

After falling behind 7-6 with 5:22 left in the first quarter, the Toms scored seven touchdowns in the next 19:56 on the clock to take a 54-14 halftime lead. In all St. Thomas scored touchdowns on 10 consecutive offensive possessions.

The Tommie defense had two takeaways and limited the Pipers (1-2, 0-1) to 44 net rushing yards on 37 carries.

Parks also had a TD reception to close with four touchdowns on the game in playing just a bit into the third quarter. He now has 45 career touchdowns in 33 games, five away from tying a St. Thomas school record.

Parker Hlavacek had two sacks.

St. Thomas plays next Saturday night at UW-Eau Claire.