October 19, 2002
On a cool but sunny Saturday in Des Moines the Pigs played a much better game, but still came up short. Two quick tries by Des Moines contributed to a poor start, but the Pigs fought back with a try of their own on a great solo effort by Mike Hankee who took a quick tap penalty and ran through the Des Moines defense to score. In what was to become a pattern throughout the day, however, after scoring to narrow the deficit sloppy play from the Pigs gave 2 tries right back to Des Moines. A penalty from Leon DeLange late in the first half then cut the deficit to 22-8.
The second half was unfortunately more of the same. The Pigs played hard and fought back numerous times, but for every time we scored we had a lapse or two that Des Moines was able to punish. Our second half scoring came on a Jason Rombalski try after a long run off of an 8 man pick by Mike Hankee, a Grizzly Malchow try after some fine work by our forwards in the loose, and a Danny Kiefer try after a series of successful rucking play. Leon DeLange was called into kicking duty and made 2 of 4 conversions for our final tally of 27 points.
1-Ben Hanson,2-Luke Utting,3-Larry Prahm,4-Grizzly Malchow,5-Leon DeLange,6-Mike Lundberg,7-Danny Kiefer,8-Mike Hankee,9-Jason Rombalski,10-Bill Bridgeman(Jamie Calvert,Jaffrey Blanks),11-Joe Blegen,12-Philip Wagner,13-Steve King,14-Brett Carter,15-Grant Dietrich
Saint Paul 27 – 4 tries (Hankee,Malchow,Rombalski,Kiefer), 2 conversions (DeLange), penalty (DeLange)
Des Moines 44 – 8 tries, 2 conversions