September 28, 2002
The Pigs and Banshees battled this past Saturday at Fort Snelling under cool and rainy skies. As has been the case all year, some sloppy play and early mistakes cost the Pigs, who quickly fell behind 12-0 on two Banshee tries (one converted). Things evened out a bit after that, but the Banshees managed to run in one more before half time, for a 17-0 lead at the break.
Saint Paul started stronger in the second half, but was unable to convert a couple of early scoring opportunities, and the Banshees fought back to get a 4th try for a 22-0 score. The Pigs battled to the end, however, and finally got on the board about 10 minutes from full time on a fine run by Scott Colby and Will Bryant. Colby, who had switched from fullback to fly half for the injured Bill Bridgeman took a pass from a scrum and cut upfield between 2 defenders. When the defense finally closed him down, he was able to pass off to Bryant who out-raced the Banshee defense to run in the try from midfield. Jason Naber’s conversion was good, and the score was 22-7.
That was all the Pigs could manage on the day, however, and the match ended a 22-7 Banshee victory. A shortened second side match saw several new faces excel for the Pigs, although they couldn’t quite punch it in and lost 5-0 on a lone Banshee try.
1-Ben Hanson,2-Danny Kiefer,3-Joe Huberty(Tom Rubey),4-Leon DeLange,5-Jason Naber,6-Mike Hankee,7-Zach Bauer,8-Grizzly Malchow,9-Brandon Johnson(Brett Carter),10-Bill Bridgeman(Kevin Carmody),11-Steve King,12-Philip Wagner,13-Will Bryant,14-Jason Rombalski,15-Scott Colby
Saint Paul 7 – try (Bryant), conversion (Naber)
Banshees 22 – 4 tries, conversion