Bethel finishes the regular season undefeated against St. John's University

November 17, 2013 | 11:46 p.m.

Sports | Jared Nelson

The Bethel football team completed its undefeated season with a 28-7 win over St. John’s University on Saturday, led by four total touchdowns from junior quarterback Erik Peterson. The Royals (10-0, 8-0 MIAC) clinched the conference title last week against St. Olaf, but they the closed out the regular season in style in Collegeville and continued to build momentum heading into the playoffs next week.

Peterson began his big day on Bethel’s first drive, as he found his favorite target, senior Mitch Hallstrom down the middle on 3rd-and-10 for a 63-yard touchdown. He added another score through the air as he lobbed a perfectly thrown ball to senior Jared Schultz for a 28-yard touchdown on their next drive.

Despite the rain and sloppy conditions, Peterson finished the day 12-of-22 for 188 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed nine times for 55 yards and two touchdowns.

Hallstrom eclipsed 100 yards receiving again this week, hauling in seven balls for 126 yards and a touchdown. His sixth catch, a 20-yard reception in the fourth quarter, gave Hallstrom the record for career receptions as a Royal. He now has 193 receptions in blue and gold, topping the previous mark held by Jeremy Belisle who played in the late nineties.

Senior Brandon Marquardt led the ground attack for Bethel as he rushed for 76 yards on 15 carries.

Landon Mathis paced the Bethel defense on the afternoon, recording 17 tackles, one sack, one forced fumble and two pass breakups. His older brother Seth added 13 tackles and an interception for the Royals.

The win gave Bethel its first undefeated regular season since 2000 and just its second in program history. Bethel is set to host the St. Scholastica Saints at noon this Saturday for their first playoff game.

The Bethel football team completed its undefeated season with a 28-7 win over St. John’s University on Saturday, led by four total touchdowns from junior quarterback Erik Peterson. The Royals (10-0, 8-0 MIAC) clinched the conference title last week against St. Olaf, but they the closed out the regular season in style in Collegeville and continued to build momentum heading into the playoffs next week.

Peterson began his big day on Bethel’s first drive, as he found his favorite target, senior Mitch Hallstrom down the middle on 3rd-and-10 for a 63-yard touchdown. He added another score through the air as he lobbed a perfectly thrown ball to senior Jared Schultz for a 28-yard touchdown on their next drive.

Despite the rain and sloppy conditions, Peterson finished the day 12-of-22 for 188 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed nine times for 55 yards and two touchdowns.

Hallstrom eclipsed 100 yards receiving again this week, hauling in seven balls for 126 yards and a touchdown. His sixth catch, a 20-yard reception in the fourth quarter, gave Hallstrom the record for career receptions as a Royal. He now has 193 receptions in blue and gold, topping the previous mark held by Jeremy Belisle who played in the late nineties.

Senior Brandon Marquardt led the ground attack for Bethel as he rushed for 76 yards on 15 carries.

Landon Mathis paced the Bethel defense on the afternoon, recording 17 tackles, one sack, one forced fumble and two pass breakups. His older brother Seth added 13 tackles and an interception for the Royals.

The win gave Bethel its first undefeated regular season since 2000 and just its second in program history. Bethel is set to host the St. Scholastica Saints at noon this Saturday for their first playoff game.

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