In the opening weeks of the season, the Blue Earth Area football team has shown many different weapons on offense.
After a 38-7 defeat of Windom, Buc fans can add another name to the list of players to watch on the offensive side of the ball – Kysten Zierke.
The sophomore stepped in and carried the ball five times for 76 yards last Friday night during the Bucs’ 31-point victory.
Zierke joins the already established rushing threats of Brady Anderson, Carter Hanson, Jacob Olson and David Franta as players to watch in the Buc backfield. Add dangerous threats receiving the football like Steven Plocker, Isaac Darrington and Dallas Barslou and the Bucs pose a major threat to an opponent’s defense – without even mentioning BEA’s star-studded line.
Against the Eagles last Friday night, the Bucs were the first team on the scoreboard when Carter Hanson charged into the end zone on a 4-yard run. The touchdown highlighted another solid night carrying the football for Hanson. The junior rushed for 98 yards on 14 carries.
Jakob Rintelen added the extra point to put the Bucs ahead 7-0.
The remainder of the quarter featured scoreless play with the teams trading punts.
Windom tied the game to begin the second quarter when the Eagles’ Jake Holt escaped Buc tacklers for a 84-yard touchdown run.
The long run seemed to ignite the Buccaneers on both sides of the football. From the point of the Holt touchdown to the end of the game, BEA outscored the Eagles 31-0.
Jacob Olson started the string of unanswered points when he crossed the goal line on a 19-yard run. The score put BEA up 13-7 and was Olson’s longest run of the night.
Olson finished the night as the game’s leading rusher carrying the ball 23 times, for 151 yards and three touchdowns.
For the Bucs last touchdown of the half, Anderson hit Plocker in the end zone for a seven-yard pass completion. The score was set up by a Windom Area fumble with 4:42 remaining in the half.
Anderson was efficient through the air the entire night, throwing for 35 yards, connecting on 6-11 pass attempts.
Plocker finished the night as the Bucs leading receiver catching four passes for 33 yards.
Following the Plocker touchdown, the Bucs went into halftime with a 19-7 lead and made adjustments for their strongest quarter of the game. During the third frame, the Bucs broke the game open, crossing the goal line three times.
Jacob Olson reached pay-dirt for two of the Bucs’ three scores on one-yard and 15-yard rushes, extending the BEA lead to 32-7.
To reach the final score, Kysten Zierke dove in for a 2-yard touchdown giving the Bucs a 38-7 advantage.
The fourth quarter was scoreless, but the Bucs had already completed enough damage to secure the lopsided victory.
Throughout four quarters of play, BEA out-gained Windom in yardage 365-143 and limited the Eagles to only 98 yards rushing.
Many Buc standouts were responsible for the strong performance on defense.
Zierke finished the evening with nine tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery.
Hanson followed Zierke in the tackle column, making eight total stops.
Olson, Plocker and Chris Ramos also chipped in with four tackles each.
The Bucs were able to get pressure on the Windom quarterback the entire night, finishing with four sacks. Joining Zierke with sacks were teammates Olson, Jonah Pirsig and Josh Johnson.
The Bucs moved the chains 20 times for first downs, while Windom only had five.
The Bucs hosted New Ulm on Sept 23 for homecoming after the Register’s deadline.
To see the score and in-depth statistics of that game, see next week’s issue.
Sept. 30, the Bucs will travel to Waseca for BEA’s second conference game of the season. Game time is slated for 7 p.m.